Notes on closing SMALLER FOOTPRINTS exhibition

Improve Joshua Tree National Park’s Air Quality

June 23rd, 2016 by Sant Khalsa

Dear EcoArt Friends,

Over the past four decades, I’ve developed a deep love for Joshua Tree National Park, where I’ve spent countless hours hiking, photographing, camping and enjoying the star studded night sky, and now live in its vicinity. The Park’s stunning landscapes, spectacular vistas, and unusual plants, animals and rock formations are the source of inspiration for countless artists like myself. As you know, my artwork has long focused on environmental issues and I have serious concerns about the air pollution in the park and surrounding region.

I’m requesting your help today to improve Joshua Tree National Park’s air quality which is among the worst of the national parks in the nation in terms of certain types of pollution like smog. The state of the air in Joshua Tree National Park isn’t the fault of the National Park Service- significant amounts blow in from the Inland Empire and Greater Los Angeles area.

We now have a unique opportunity to improve air quality because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Regional Haze Rule (RHR), which directs States like California to create a road map for ensuring that air in select parks and wilderness areas, including Joshua Tree, is made clean, clear and healthy for visitors. The beauty of strengthening the RHR, which focuses on eliminating pollution causing haze which obstructs scenic vistas, is that setting standards to improve visibility also removes pollutants that damage the lungs of visitors and people who live in communities surrounding the park.

Please reply (email me at as soon as possible if you wish your name to be added to the attached letter about the Regional Haze Rule (RHR) to be sent to the EPA. Include the following in your email reply: your name, title, type of artist and city where you live in your email reply. (Ex. Sant Khalsa, Visual Artist and Professor of Art Emerita, Joshua Tree, CA.)

Thank you for taking action and sharing my concern for Joshua Tree National Park!

Warmest regards,

Sant Khalsa

New Book: “Elemental: an arts and ecology reader”

March 24th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar
Elemental: an arts and ecology reader – is now published!
For more details and to order online:
The book features nine marvellous essays, including some written by our EcoArt Network friends/colleagues – Basia Irland, David Haley, Beverly Naidus, Tim Collins & Reiko Goto, TJ Demos, Chris Fremantle (co-authored), and Wallace Heim.

Notes on closing SMALLER FOOTPRINTS exhibition

March 22nd, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

Dear Susan and WEAD,

It is very bitter sweet, indeed! I am grateful that we were able to host the Women Eco Artists Dialog here in Lancaster and at MOAH:CEDAR.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have met with so many of your board members and artists. Also, I am so happy to look back on the number of workshops and projects in which we were able to engage so much of our community in. Jane Ingram Allen was an outstanding choice for our first Artist-in-Residency and the Eco-Quilt looks great! I hope to continue to keep in contact with her and chat about local plants and paper making.


Robert Benitez


The Lumbini Crane Sanctuary Benefit

March 16th, 2016 by Krystle Ahmadyar

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The Lumbini Crane Sanctuary, located at the Sacred Garden, birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, has been an International Crane Foundation refuge for the endangered Sarus Crane for over two decades. When I visited the site in January, alarming development threats were pressing in. The Sarus is sacred, Buddha saved one 2600 years ago, yet today only 100 pairs remain in the area.

Join us in raising funds to create educational signage and conduct community outreach to protect the Sanctuary and demonstrate the intertwined threads of dharma, culture, & conservation. Learn about the Sarus Crane from Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, the inspiring Theravada monk who has been saving cranes since he was a child in Lumbini. Celebrate the world’s largest flying bird with our Grassroots Basketry from Nepali wetlands and crane art by musicians and visual artists. Eat Momos and Nepali snacks. Sip Masala Chai and apple cider. All are welcome.

This initiative brings together artists, environmentalists, and contemplatives, to protect the majestic Sarus Crane in a cause the Buddha began. All proceeds will go directly to the Sanctuary via Ven. Metteyya’s organization through Anatta World Health & Education Outreach. Larger donations will be tax deductible under Anatta’s 501(c)(3). All donations will be gratefully accepted.

Namaste, Lillian


November 4th, 2015 by Amy Lipton

Nice to see my recent show FOODshed posted on the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts blog!
Featuring images by artists: Joan Bankemper, Dan Devine,Leila Christine Nadir, Cary Peppermint, Joy Garnett, Lenore Malen, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Peter Nadin, Andrea Reynosa, Jenna Spevack, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Elaine Tin Nyo, Tattfoo Tan, Linda Weintraub and Habitat for Artists.