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RAC Grant to Support EcoArt Festival at STLCC-Wildwood

July 28, 2008

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis has awarded a $3,000 grant to St. Louis Community College-Wildwood in support of the campus’s EcoArt Festival and Exhibition slated for April.


The innovative community program, titled "A Different Kind of Green: Celebrating the Environment through Art," will feature a juried high school art exhibit April 13-18, and a public schedule of artist demonstrations and hands-on visual arts activities April 18 on campus. All works of art will address sustainability either through subject matter or use of natural, recycled or non-toxic materials.


"This program will provide opportunities for artists and members of the community to explore innovative ideas about the relationships between art and environmental sustainability," said Dorothy Welty, chair of the humanities and social sciences department at STLCC-Wildwood. "The program’s location in a new ‘green’ building, with opportunities for guided tours of the building, will further support and encourage thinking about environmental concerns, art and design. The high school art exhibit will encourage young, developing artists to explore these themes as well."


STLCC’s “green” campus in Wildwood, which opened in August 2007, was built with environmentally friendly materials and designed to conserve natural resources and reduce the building’s impact on the environment and community. SLTCC-Wildwood is the largest community college facility in the United States to receive a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The LEED green building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The rating is based on incorporation of design and construction features that address site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere considerations, materials and resources usage, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design. The gold rating is the second highest ranking obtainable under the LEED system.