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Join Deb Barndt in Supporting the Arts at FES

Join Deb Barndt in Supporting the Arts at FES

Community-engaged arts ignite passion and deepen commitment for environmental and social justice. You were part of that history at FES as I was for two decades. I’m emailing you today to ask you to be a part of its future.

Though I officially ‘retired’ in 2014, I still supervise artists in the PhD program and teach “Environmental Art and Food Sovereignty” in the Las Nubes semester abroad in Costa Rica. My continued passion for the CAP program is why I am asking you to support the Deborah Barndt Environmental and Community Arts Endowment. This endowment establishes a permanent fund to support the arts in FES.

We need your support – which will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $50,000 – to help ensure the future graduates of CAP continue to promote the kind of social change our current graduates bring to communities across Canada and the world.

Deborah Barndt
Professor Emerita

PS – Remember, your contribution to the endowment will be matched dollar for dollar before December 31, 2018!

FES has sent artist/activists throughout Canada and the world to work for social change. We need CAP now more than ever. Please donate today and help support such a vital, exciting program.


Vision for CAP Program

Lisa Myers, Anishinaabe artist/curator/chef/musician, now leads the Cultural and Artistic Practice for Environmental and Social Justice Certificate, and shares her vision of the future, explaining how support for this endowment can help realize it:

I’m excited about the potential for the CAP program to build critical ideas and practices. We help students connect art with social movements, working collaboratively with and in diverse communities. Uniquely situated in environmental studies, CAP integrates socially engaged art and popular education.

Our five-year plan for CAP includes an artist-in-residence and a dedicated technical assistant. We desperately need improved multi-use studios for performance, production and workshops. We have a special dream to build a kitchen that will connect the FES gardens to the CAP program, cultivating connections between food and art.

In the spirit of reciprocity, we want to provide two bursaries for CAP students and create an advisory group of our community partners to inform the program. Continuing the Eco Art and Media Festival, we will launch an annual panel of local and international artists and activists.

If you donate before December 31st, 2018, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor up to $50,000.

  • $300 could buy a quality sound recorder.
  • $500 could help a CAP student who can’t afford fees.
  • $1,000 could purchase a stove for the community kitchen.
  • $1,500 could cover accommodations for a month of an artist residency.
  • $2,000 could pay for honoraria for a community partners workshop.

CAP Alumni Reflections

I was profoundly impacted by that rare in-depth opportunity that bridges academic, activist, and artistic skills and knowledge. Going from CAP to the MES program, I produced a posters series celebrating 2SLGBTQ activists which has been distributed to all GTA high schools. The CAP program exposed me to creative ways to respond to oppressive circumstances, using arts-based methods to empower communities. I now teach these practices as a professor in the Community Worker program at George Brown College.

– CAP and MES grad John Caffery

The dynamic arts program at FES enabled me to focus my artistic practice on recovering silenced Black histories in Canada. Since graduating, my work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario and LandMarks/Repères 2017. I received an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award, was featured on CBC’s Art is my Country, and was invited to develop an “Art and Community” course at the University of Toronto. I continue to find FES a place for artists to deepen both practice and theory through the PhD program.

– MES grad and PhD student Camille Turner