Seeds For Change is a youth based activity/coloring book that explores environmental justice. Using illustrations that build on the seventeen principles of environmental justice set by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, it will encourage Baltimore youth to think creatively and critically about their own environmental rights. We are making this book to resist the unethical and unsustainable activities that are taking advantage of our neighborhood. The book is meant to help the reader define what environmental justice means to them, why it matters, and what to do in its absence.
Seventeen local Baltimore artists will each illustrate one of the principles. A set of activity pages geared toward critical thinking about social and environmental justice will follow the illustrated principles.
Lastly, a comprehensive Baltimore resource guide will be included. The guide will act as a means for parents and educators to become involved in conversations around environmental justice and will outline resources available to help address local environmental issues.
A release party will take place in early June (2016).
Mr. Glenn Ross is a lifelong resident in our community in East Baltimore. He is also an environmental activist raising awareness through the Toxic Tour, a physical excursion through East Baltimore neighborhoods that highlights sites where various forms of pollution affect the health and well-being of residents. Mr. Ross connects issues of health, housing, crime, race, economics and politics with their effects on the environment in urban, low-income, and minority communities.
After going on this tour, we had a newfound awareness of the historic, systemic environmental issues in Baltimore. As community artists, we wanted to work more with Mr. Ross to provide a way for people to walk away from the tour with ideas for next steps they might take to address these issues.
Our research led us to the idea of a coloring/activity book. We worked closely with Mr. Ross to determine the content for the book and also gathered insight from community organizers, environmental organizations, and other activity and social justice-based children’s books. Lastly, as teaching artists, we both had great opportunities to get insight from our students about the effectiveness of the content.
How donated money will be spent:
- $2125: 750 copies of the 38-page book will be printed. Books will be 8.5" x 11", perfect bound, black and white with a color cover, and printed using 100% recycled paper.
- $1270: Perks and shipping
- $900: Payment to the participating artists
- $340: Kickstarter and processing fees
- $365: Release Party
- December 2015: Project Planning
- January-April 2016: Book Design
- May: Send for Printing
- June: Release Party
- July-September: Follow-up, Ship Rewards
Who We Are
Seeds for Change is a collaboration between community artists Aaron Goldman and Kristen Brown. Baltimore artists Andrea Crews, Jahlil Keola-Eldridge, Brandon Buckson, Ronald Rucker, Michael Howell, Ashley Minner, Carlton Anderson, Reese Clark, Alanna Rivera, Bridget Parlato, Jerome Chester, Karyn Lao, and Pierre Bennu are collaborating by creating illustrations for the book.
Aaron Goldman is a practicing community artist, activist, illustrator, and educator currently based in Baltimore, MD. Aaron’s work embraces art and activism as ways to challenge injustice in our world and envision what else is possible. He works in a variety of mediums including performance art, drawing, printmaking, digital media, sculpture, and puppet-making. Aaron has worked to connect and engage his local community through a multitude of art and education initiatives including collectives, cooperatives, and community organizations that focus on social, economic, and environmental justice. Last year, he also illustrated and self published a book titled "Splattered Ink".
Kristen Brown works in a variety of mediums, including photography, sewing, drawing, mixed media, event planning, temporary installation, and spectacle art. Dialogue has always been a large part of her work.In response to the destruction of her hometown by a 2013 tornado, Brown created Emotion in Motion, a 6x6’ traveling wall constructed of tornado debris from her childhood home. She visited town landmarks over a one month period, inviting her community into dialogue about the tragedy with questions written on the front-side chalkboard of the wall.
We are so thankful for the people and organizations that have guided us in our process so far:
- Glenn Ross, The Toxic Tour
- Bridget Parlato, Baltimore Trash Talk
- Beth Myers, Banner Neighborhoods
- Jennifer Kunze, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
- Blue Water Baltimore
- Baltimore Orchard Project
- The faculty and students at Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Community Art program
Risks and challenges
This is our first time creating a Kickstarter campaign. One difficulty of collaborative projects is meeting a mutual deadline so we worked hard to establish clear communication between collaborators [or: participants] and to provide ample time for completing necessary tasks. We’ve done extensive research and planning and are excited for this challenge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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