ART FOR PLANET: HOW THE INITIATIVE OF A CARING ARTIST GREW INTO A REAL FESTIVAL
"When this idea came to me, I took it to the World Wildlife Fund. The Fund helped me to structure information support for this project, and I started looking for artist bloggers who would take part in our marathon in Instagram," the artist Anna Bogdanova, said. "A year later, the online festival Art for Planet grew into a real offline project. We did all the organization together with the artist and illustrator Kate Kipnis, and we managed to arrange everything within very limited time — just in one month!"
Air for Planet was held in the middle of September in Moscow in the 1903 studio. For two days, about one and a half thousand people took part in it. Besides the exhibition dedicated to the support of rare and endangered animals and plants, there were painting workshops offering everyone an opportunity to express their artistic skills.Interesting lectures were given by the festival speakers: Yaroslav Panin told about the evolution of art materials, Toma Sarkulova shared the secrets of promoting her art in Instagram, Anna Goldina and Tatyana Golovko demonstrated the peculiarities and key moments in painting animals. No less memorable were the speeches of Kristina Gayfulina (about pencil drawing), Mariya Levitskaya (about the art of three-dimensional reality), Alina Fineart (about the magic of chalk pastel), Yenna Shursen (about the calligraphy and lettering), Kristina Purshina (about the water-color painting of the snow leopard), Mary Argakova (about environmental art and travelling) and Zhenya Kryukova (about the regeneration of botanic illustration in Russia).
Art for Planet is a wonderful initiative from Anna Bogdanova and her like-minded friends that can draw public attention to environmental problems. Why, many citizens of our megalopolis do not even know that there is such a problem! Such events help us to address two tasks at once: on the one hand, we attract our audience to art, and on the other hand, we tell them about the need to develop a careful attitude to nature," Bella Yanibekova, PR Project Manager at WWF Russia, said.
The World Wildlife Fund thanks Russian Art Company (distributor of Liquitex in Russia) for providing acrylic paints to color the discussion room.
We are also grateful to MPM Group for providing materials to conduct workshops at the Art for Planet festival.