HILO, HI (APR. 15, 2020) — Amidst business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, PangeaSeed Foundation aims to bring light to the world through #ARTivism. While the team of artists, scientists and conservationists are usually found traveling the world in order to help communities better protect oceans with their innovative public art projects, such as Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, the COVID-19 pandemic has urged the global collective to think of more creative ways to unite the public towards a common cause. Presented by PangeaSeed Foundation, “HOME” is the world’s first stay-at-home environmental mural festival.
Launching April 21st to the 26th, “HOME” encourages artists to paint murals in the safety of their homes, while sheltering in place due to the impact of the global pandemic. The initiative acts as a globe-spanning campaign to unite creatives around the common cause of giving our “home” planet an artistic voice as we set our sights on a world post-coronavirus. Additionally, the virtual arts festival will bring together a global community in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd.
“Now, more than ever, it is clear that public health and environmental health are one. Through “HOME”, we hope to shed light on the importance of protecting our planet’s natural resources for the benefit of all life on Earth.”
– Akira Biondo, PangeaSeed Foundation’s Director of Operations
Along with thought-provoking “stay-at-home” murals, PangeaSeed Foundation will also host a series of free, virtual programming including live streams from artists’ homes as they create murals, panel discussions, and webinars — allowing people throughout the world to participate, learn and stay engaged in the fight for a more sustainable way of life.
Non-profit partners included on the project are: Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, Peace Boat US, The Big Blue & You, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and Oceanic Preservation Society. Montana and Seventh Letter are among the art-based partners for this project.
Artists’ registration opened Wednesday, April 15th. To get more information on the event or to register to be a participating artist, please visit https://bit.ly/home-murals.
ADDITIONAL COVID-19 INFORMATION
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease is a zoonotic virus, meaning it originated in non-human animals and made the jump to infect humans, From what we know of the virus’ makeup so far, this likely happened through the consumption of and exposure of wild animals in wet markets in China’s Hubei province. Possible origin species and intermediate hosts include bats, snaked and endangered pangolins and civets.
It is now undeniable that the health of humans is symbiotically tied to the health of the environment — one cannot exist without the other. From the staggering loss of biodiversity and the global climate crisis to the collapse of the ecosystems, irresponsible, wreckless human behavior lies at the heart of it all. On the flip side, we have now witnessed that even a short period of reduced human activity has the power to significantly improve air quality, clarify waters, and attract long-lost wildlife to urban centers. It is through these observations where we, as humans, can set our sights on a brighter world post-coronavirus.
ABOUT EARTH DAY
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries. 2020 marks Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. For more information, visit https://www.earthday.org