AFC Establishes New Anchor Event in Arizona

AFC Establishes New Anchor Event in Arizona

Vancouver, BC., Canada - Oct 21, 2019 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is excited to announce the establishment of a recurring bi-annual exhibit and art event with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum during the last weekend of January. The first event will run from January 24-26, 2019 and will feature AFC's annual exhibit along with various related conservation and art planning.

The establishment of the recurring event follows nearly a decade of collaboration between AFC and the Museum, which has played host to AFC's exhibits 6 times - most recently this year with the opening of AFC's Silent Skies Mural which will remain in place for the upcoming January event. The event represents the cornerstone of an agreement between the institutions to establish a suite of joint programs that foster artistic talent and conservation through art.

AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting explains: "We're really excited to be formalizing the relationship between AFC and ASDM as it will allow us to jointly build upon a regularly recurring event so that it becomes a fixture in artist and public calendars, rather than a series of staggered one-off events. It offers a wonderful opportunity for both our organizations along with other stakeholders to invest in growing a major Arizona-based cultural event, much as we have with the AFC Festival in Vancouver".

The 2020 event also holds special significance as it will host the presentation of AFC's latest recipient of the Simon Combes Award - AFC's highest honor. The award will be presented during a special reception on January 24 to Priscilla Baldwin - AFC Signature Member and founder of the ASDM's groundbreaking Art Institute, with a mission to fostering conservation through art education.

AFC and ASDM have also committed to establishing a collaborative Artist in Residence program. In addition to the event and residency, an artist workshop retreat program is planned for alternating years, aimed at cultivating a worldwide community of artists and empowering them as ambassadors and champions for nature, wherever they call home.

Although dates for the weekend event are set, further details about the upcoming event will be announced shortly.


Jeffrey Whiting

About Artists for Conservation
A Canadian-based non-profit organization, AFC is the world's leading artist group supporting the environment. Its mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. The organization represents approximately 500 of the world's top wildlife and nature artists who support its mission, from nearly 30 countries. AFC's annual juried exhibit, now in its ninth year features leading artists from around the globe and has gained recognition as the world's top conservation-themed art exhibit.

About Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten museums and zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems). Not a "museum" in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued.


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