Abstract # 13339 Poster # 166:

Scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2019 06:00 PM-08:00 PM: (Alumni Lounge) Poster Presentation


PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRING CHILDREN IN CONSERVATION (PICC); A PRIMATE EXTINCTION CRISIS OUTREACH PROJECT

K. West1, J. R. Aliperti2 and C. Borgerson3
1Kathy West Studios: Images for Conservation and Scholarship, Davis, CA, USA, 2Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616 USA, 3Department of Anthropology, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043
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The act of creating an image with photography or sketching rewires us to be present and truly see details and beauty on a new level of consciousness and appreciation. PICC is based upon this concept of engaging children with the natural world and focuses on conservation solutions for threatened primate species. The 2-week workshop is designed to engage and inspire students and the broader community through improving knowledge of local ecosystems and primates, and through learning the skills of photography, illustration and storytelling. These skills can help develop future careers in ecotourism and conservation, and can empower children to be a voice in the conversations about their local lands and endangered biodiversity. Students and local elders learn by using custom coloring and activity books, taking photographs, and developing scientifically accurate stories and illustrations. A village-wide gathering at the end of the project allows students to display their creative works, proudly sharing their new knowledge and images with the community. Students can raise conservation funds and awareness through sales to tourists of a book of their creative work (in English, Malagasy and French) and through the distribution of a free multilingual poster showcasing their work. The PICC pilot was successfully conducted with 30 children in 2018 in Lelydorp, Suriname, in collaboration with M. Norconk. See PICCmadagascar.org for details. Funding: ASP Conservation Committee 2018