Help Needed …. Please Read

It is the end of the year and I realize that you have probably been bombarded with requests for donations and help for a couple of months..


But I will be unusually direct here — We are facing eviction and having to end our information and advising  services,  publications, and exhibition projects.


……. If at least 500 people give $12 to the Humanities Exchange  and International Art Alliance, then our crisis will be at an end and we can continue to follow through on projects..  


Projects such as a major environmental exhibition that is a call to action with artists from around the world making statements about the current environmental crisis.  addditional information at  http://humanities-exchange.org/sample-page/a-wheel-within-a-wheel/

The 2020 updating of information for the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections, to be published on January 15

The Dufy by Design exhibition that had 48,000 visitors in Tokyo last month, and will be on display at Matsumoto Museum beginning on January 19, The exhibition is being re-designed to begin a  tour in the US the following year.   The expanded exhibition will highlight Dufy’s work with costume design and the theatre, and the beautiful dresses created by costume designer Anthony Powell for his production of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet in Paris, and the Kirov in St Petersburg



in exchange for your help, I will send you pdfs of the latest publications that will make charming gifts for your friends, family and colleagues


The publications being sent to you in digital pdf format:


Edible Architecture               

 An entertaining and delightful gift for your friends for the New Year.  Edible Architecture amazes and celebrates  Gingerbread Houses around the world, and gives a  fascinating look into a world of exhibitions, competitions, chefs, and creators.

Let’s Hit the Road Again,

our new book and traveling exhibition explores the car’s impact on American life and society and  celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile.  A perfect “read” for your car loving friends

The International Directory of Corporate Art Collections, 2018 edition. 

Highlights information on over 700 art programs in workplaoce settings and non-traditional spaces. This includes corporations, small businesses, partnerships, corporate foundations, airports, municipal transport and metro networks, cruise ships, hotels, and hospitals.  ……..it is simply the best source of information for what is happening with art in business and the workplace.


Please help us by clicking on the payment button below, and donating a small amount.  Every week, several thousands visit our websites to access the information and resources, free from annoying ads.  You can see more informaton on  the websites at …….



The Greenhouse Site
http://thegreenhousesite.com/

It is no longer possible to deny that our planet has become steadily and increasingly toxic, and that we are harming it at our own peril.  It has become essential  for us to stop our wasteful and polluting ways that are damaging our ecosystem, and placing the future and  survival of mankind and all life on this planet at risk.  The blog features articles on new creative initiatives.


The Humanities Exchange
http://humanities-exchange.org/

Founded in 1981, The Humanities Exchange is devoted to  encouraging understanding and mutual respect among cultures around the world through international exchange and the development and touring of  museum exhibitions.


Edible Architecture
http://ediblearchitecture.org/

Read the story of the magical houses, palaces, fairy tales, fantasy villages, and futuristic dwellings — all edible and temptingly aromatic.  …..An entertaining and delightful gift for your friends at Christmas.  Edible Architecture amazes and celebrates the world of Gingerbread Houses around the world, and shows a  fascinating world of exhibitions, competitions, chefs, and creators.


Dufy by Design
http://dufybydesign.com/


Corporate Art Brief
http://www.corporateartbrief.com/

The International Directory highlights information on over 700 art programs in workplaoce settings and non-traditional spaces. This includes corporations, small businesses, partnerships, corporate foundations, airports, municipal transport and metro networks, cruise ships, hotels, and hospitals.
……..it is simply the best source of information for what is happening with art in business and the workplace.  I will send you the last version of 2018.




Recyling Project Creates Colorful Sculptures

      

How do we get rid of the masses of plastic and floating islands of debris from our oceans?   One small business in Kenya came up with an  innovative solution.

Most people think of flip-flops as casual, colorful and cute beachwear. But in fact, for over 3 billion people, they are the only pair of “shoes” that they own. In Africa, India, and other hot climates, billions of cheap flip-flops are produced and used daily.   They’re worn for years, and after wearing out, are discarded and eventually find their way into dump sites, and seep into waterways ….  and ultimately the oceans. The huge masses of discarded flip flops block waterways for fresh water and kill everything in their way.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi, it is estimated that an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic and synthetic materials (flip-flops) are floating on every square kilometer of ocean, and that the impacts of this pollution generates a cost of over $8 billion a year – $334 million of that attributed directly to flip-flops.


As an example in Kenya alone, one cheap factory not only burns coal and oil, hires cheap labor and uses plastic to make over 100,000 flip-flops a day — 3.65 million flip-flops annually.

in the late 1990s, in Kiwayu, Kenya, tons of flip-flop pollution was washing up onto the beaches daily, creating an environmental disaster for the marine ecosystem and local communities.

But an innovative company in Nairobi – Ocean Sole – came up with a creative solution to the problem by transforming over 50 tons a year of discarded flip-flops and re-cycling them into art. The social enterprise company understands that  more awareness is essential to the growing flip-flop problem that is cluttering our Earth.

 

Inspired by the toys children were making from flip-flop debris, Julie Church, the founder of Ocean Sole, encouraged mothers to collect, wash, and cut the discarded flip-flops into colorful products.

In 2000, the company began to sell their first products commercially in Nairobi, Kenya. At the same time, they received their first commercial order from WWF Switzerland for 15,000 turtles. Early in 2000 Ocean Sole partnered with UNEP to raise awareness.

By 2005, the company, was established to promote “trade not aid” and began selling colourful and fun art and functional products to raise awareness of flip-flop pollution and improve local poverty. Since that time, Ocean Sole has cleaned up over 1,000 tons of flip-flops from the ocean and waterways in Kenya, provided income to over 150 low-income Kenyans and has contributed over 10% of its revenue to marine conservation programs.

In 2007 they hosted the largest  International Coast Clean-up (ICC) in Kenya. The growth of Ocean Sole has been phenomenal and the products and misson have become internationally recognized, sold and displayed in Rome, London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore and Australia. The company grew from three employees to over fifty; and in 2013 it launched a foundation to help the conservation movement.

Ocean Sole moved to an art and cultural village, working with UNEP, UNESCO, UNDP and UNIC on a three year journey to focus on conservation entrepreneurship, supporting local Kenyans with recycling programs, establish new global distribution partners and create a new visual identity about flip-flops pollution destruction to both humans and marine life.

 

Some of the artworks that have been created:

Originally made for the London Zoo, the design for this Panda is carved by Raphael Kangutu. Trained in Gikomba, Kenya’s largest market, he was once a wood artist who came to Ocean Sole and was trained to make new sculptures from up-cycled flip-flops Also carved by Kangutu, Simba the lion (see below the article) has become the premium of their Safari Collection, available in all sizes and colors.

 

The Manta Ray is anr endangered species – this one is carved by Jonathan Lenato. He has carved many works for Ocean Sole, and he is working on a life-size Rhino that is going to a corporate headquarters in Amsterdam.

David Kaloki has carved the beautiful African elephant which in life-size is put into office lobbies.

The Rhino is another popular carving and the African rhino is another species at risk. To bring awareness of their plight, the carvings come in all sizes and color as well as life-size. This one has been carved by Munyao Mwnangangi

 

Ocean Sole will also design installation art, lobby sculptures, garden pieces and any type of art. The motto of the company is

Art is our speciality and creating masterpieces is our favorite activity.”

Additional information about Ocean Sole is on their website at:

www.oceansole.co.ke

Karen Village, Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya

+254 727 531 301

 

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Ship Designed to Remove Plastic Waste from the Oceans

Kjell Inge Røkke, a Norwegian billionaire,  is investing a large portion of his $2.7 billion wealth into building a recyling mega yacht.

The Research Expedition Vessel (REV) is a 600-foot ship that will cruise the ocean’s waters sucking up plastic waste. Capable of accumulating and recycling up to 5 tons of plastic per day, the REV will also double as a mobile laboratory for sciences to monitor and observe the ocean’s ecosystems.  Biuilt in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, the REV has been designed to have the highest environmental standards.

The REV will also be self-sustainable in terms of funding – the facilities can be reserved for private charters, accommodating up to 36 guests and 54 crew members. On a more daily basis, however, the ship will be playing host to 60 scientists and 40 crew members.

The scientists on board will have access to some of the most hi-tech research equipment available to them in order to properly observe the seas. Røkke hopes that the team will be able to utilize these facilities to discover new ways in assisting and nourishing the ocean’s struggling ecosystems.

“I am a fisherman, and curious by nature,” says Røkke. “Resources in the oceans and on the seabed have provided significant value for society – and also for my family and myself. For this, I am very grateful.”

“However, the oceans are also under greater pressure than ever before from overfishing, coastal pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, and one of the most pressing challenges of all, plasticization of the ocean. The need for knowledge and solutions is pressing.”

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