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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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The Art of Sustainability

The winter 2007 exhibition El Anatsui: GAWU featured the contemporary African artist’s visually stunning sculptures made from recycled materials and addressed issues of consumerism, globalism, and the environment. Jim Merkel, former Sustainability Coordinator for Dartmouth, and Lesley Wellman developed and implemented a retreat called The Art of Sustainability, designed to train staff to lead their own workshops for their peers on how to lighten our environmental footprint on the earth. Retreats were held for three different campus groups, including members of Greek Houses, a student environmental group called ECO, and staff from a variety of departments.

Thirty participants represented staff from eighteen different departments around campus including Facilities Operations and Management (FO&M), the Dartmouth College Library, Public Affairs, Thayer School of Engineering, Anthropology, the Center for Woman and Gender Studies, and the President’s Office. The retreat format was then adapted and offered to Dartmouth students through the Greek houses and the ECO student group and to regional public school teachers during a day-long workshop connected to the GAWU and Thin Ice exhibitions. Increasingly, the programmatic and educational work of the museum serves both college and community audiences, through intersections (programs and events that bring both audiences together) or through adapting a program originally designed for one audience to serve similar needs of another audience.

Last Updated: 10/16/07