Art in the right place: spiritual ecology and sacred landscapes – Isthmus

press release: Founder and director of the Loka Initiative Dekila Chungyalpa presents “Art in the Right Place: Spiritual Ecology and Sacred Landscapes”, a presentation on the intersection of spirituality, art and the environment, on Sunday, August 7 at 2 p.m. This free event is the final program associated with Kelly Parks Snider’s “Between Spaces” exhibition at the Arts + Literature Laboratory.

Chungyalpa has worked on climate change issues for over 20 years and strives to bring contemplative practices to the public that address eco-anxiety and climate distress. She will share techniques to help people deal with emotions and, in the long run, build their inner resilience.

According to the Climate Psychology Alliance, ecological anxiety (eco-anxiety) is the most frequently used term in literature and research to describe increased emotional, mental, or somatic distress in response to dangerous changes in the climate system.

“Climate change has moved from behind the scenes to center stage in recent years. The public is aware of the implications of what is at stake; a world of accelerated and intensified natural disasters such as wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes and storms, increased economic upheaval, health crises and political instability,” Chungyalpa said. “Unsurprisingly, as we begin to understand exactly how environmental and climate issues affect us, our lives and those we love, our anxiety and worry have increased in tandem.

Research suggests that people on the frontlines of environmental and climate issues, disaster-affected populations, indigenous peoples, younger generations, and environmental scientists and professionals are particularly affected by the psychological and emotional impacts of environmental issues. and climatic, because they bear the vast majority of the costs.

“Many of them struggle with anxiety, a chronic sense of unhappiness, anger and a sense of helplessness over these issues despite actively working to avoid, adapt or lessen the impacts,” Chungyalpa said.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dekila Chungyalpa is director of the Loka Initiative, hosted by the Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations. She started her career in 2001 working on community conservation in the Himalayas and later worked on climate adaptation and free-flowing rivers in the Mekong region for the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2004. In 2008 , she helped establish Khoryug, an association of over 50 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries implementing environmental projects across the Himalayas. In 2009, Dekila founded and led WWF Sacred Earth, a five-year pilot program that has partnered with religious leaders and religious institutions for conservation and climate outcomes in the Amazon, East Africa, Himalayas, the Mekong and the United States. She received the prestigious Yale McCluskey Prize in 2014 for her work and joined the Yale School of Environmental Studies as a research associate, where she researched, lectured, and designed the prototype for what is now the Initiative. Loka. Dekila hails from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India and hails from Bhutia. She is the daughter of the late Tsunma Dechen Zangmo, a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher. She speaks five languages: Sikkimese, Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi and English.

The Loka Initiative is an education and outreach platform for religious leaders and religious institutions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its mission is to support faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and globally by helping to build the capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of indigenous traditions, and by creating new opportunities for projects, partnerships and public awareness.


Learn more about the exhibition: Dane County visual artist, Kelly Parks Snider, is providing the community with an opportunity for social healing and connection through her new exhibit “Between Spaces,” opening at the Arts + Literature Lab on Tuesday, May 31. A free gallery reception will be held on Saturday. , June 18, from 6:30 p.m. with a conference at 7 p.m. Parks Snider will discuss his work and read excerpts from his collection of poems written during the pandemic. She will be joined by guest speaker, Dr. Richard Davidson, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, who will lead a conversation on resilience and wellness. The exhibition runs until Saturday August 6th.

“Between Spaces” is an interdisciplinary project that combines the visual art and poetry of Parks Snider created in response to and during the COVID-19 pandemic and features large-scale monotypes, paintings, wood sculptures, l fiber art and installations made of blown glass and found objects.

“Between Spaces” serves as inspiration for other project activities across the community in May and June that recognize the challenging roles that women, frontline healthcare workers and young people have experienced during the pandemic and chart the way forward: (1) The Banner Day Project, (2) two evenings of visual art, music and movement and (3) youth art workshops.

The Banner Day Project – various times and places: Parks Snider, video and installation artist Chele Isaac and Doyenne group founder Heather Wentler will lead “maker days” to explore and create messages that acknowledge the difficult roles women have experienced during the pandemic and chart the way forward. No artistic experience is necessary to join the workshops.

Participants will create fabric banners, hopeful images, portraits and personal stories for the world to see, making bold statements rooted in personal experience of the pandemic, offering understanding and hope. The completed work will be featured as part of the “Between Spaces” exhibit at the Arts + Literature Lab and displayed after the exhibit at local hospitals, women-owned businesses throughout Dane County, community centers for young people and galleries.

“The Banner Day Project is grounded in the idea that self-expression and community art are a catalyst for healing,” Parks Snider said. “Through this project, participants are invited to take part in ‘craftivism’, aimed at encouraging a public dialogue on community resilience and well-being.”

Contextual events will take place at partner organizations in Madison and Dane County in May and June. During Nurse Appreciation Week and Healthcare Week, May 6-12, specific days will honor nurses and healthcare workers, boosting the visibility and voice of those who have given so much to the course. the last two years of the pandemic.

Youth art workshops – June 13-17, Arts + Literature Laboratory: Parks Snider will lead five days of youth art workshops to groups of elementary and middle school students. The program includes mindfulness and meditation, a group art-making project to help young people increase their media literacy, and individual art and writing projects that give participants the opportunity to share messages positive for other young people and the world.

About the artist

Kelly Parks Snider explores contemporary cultural and social issues. Using art and words, she educates communities, stimulates dialogue on targeted issues and creates social change. Park Snider’s work is exhibited nationally in public and private galleries.

Parks Snider is the co-founder of Project Girl, an award-winning, nationally recognized nonprofit program and traveling exhibit that combines art, media literacy, and youth-led activism in one experience. educational unique for children, parents and educators. Project Girl was recently featured in Family circle magazine and was an award-winning youth program under the new national youth empowerment and philanthropy program called Best Buy’s @15 Change Exchange Project.

Parks Snider is also the founder of Goathouse Press, an independent publishing house dedicated to literature that enlightens and inspires. Zilly: a fable of modern times is Kelly’s first children’s book. She considers Zilly to be his book of protest. She also co-wrote a program with Jane Bartell (co-founder of Project Girl) and Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. (Professor of Education and Human Development at Colby College in Maine).

Activism is the foundation of all of Park Snider’s endeavors. Its goal is to educate communities on targeted issues in hopes of challenging the status quo, creating catalyst, examining the issues that shape and inspire us all. Parks Snider lectures nationally on media literacy, participates in artist-in-residence programs and organizes workshops. She lives and works on a small farm outside of Madison, Wis.

Parks Snider Previous Exhibitions

  • Rural women: voice and spirit, funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Art Board, is an in-depth exploration of rural Wisconsin women, including a collection of paintings, corresponding literary selections, and an accompanying video presentation by video producer Jane Bartell.
  • Commercial land combines art, media literacy and youth-led activism in a unique educational experience aimed at encouraging young people to become more critical consumers of contemporary media advertising and entertainment. The nationally exhibited project is the culmination of a two-year exploration of the effects of contemporary media on the lives and attitudes of young adolescents.
  • Hidden in plain sight explores complex and highly charged issues using visual expression to comment on unseen truths about power and privilege, inequality and injustice. Determined to make sense of these truths and bring them to light, Parks Snider sought insights from leading thinkers on racial, social, and cultural issues, and people with first-hand experience of the injustice that resulted from them.
  • Women against hate, united by lovecreated in collaboration with Rachel Griffin and Leigh Garcia, features powerful prints and stories told by Wisconsin women leaders and activists impacted by bigotry, bigotry and racism.

The Arts + Literature Lab is located at 111 S. Livingston St. #100, Madison. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Kelly Parks Snider’s “Between Spaces” project is supported by Arts + Literature Laboratory, The Madison Arts Commission, with additional funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board, The Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, John W. Thompson and Jane A. Bartell Charitable Foundation, Center for Healthy Minds, Healthy Minds Innovation, Doyenne Group, Madison Ballet, LunART, Saint Mary’s Foundation, UW Health, Hope for A Future, American Family Insurance DreamBank, and Madison Children’s Museum.

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