What is Art & Ecology: Youth?

Are you eco-conscious and interested in contemporary art? Will you be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2020-21 school year?  Do you want to take action to protect the environment and communicate your perspective? 

Art & Ecology: Youth is a free program during the fall semester that is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the central Ohio area. Students will learn how artists, scientists, and activists are working to protect our natural environment by meeting and interviewing practicing artists and by visiting environmental research and service sites around central Ohio. Students’ research will culminate in final art projects that will be exhibited at the Wexner Center in December 2020.

The course is free to those admitted and comes with transportation assistance, free books, and supplies. Class is held once per week at the Wexner Center at OSU or off-site at field trip locations. Regular computer access is essential for students of this course as much of the work is completed online. Students must secure parental and teacher approval for school building absence on class days. High school course credit is arranged with individual school systems through the State of Ohio’s Flex Credit policy.


Applications are being accepted until May 1st, 2020 for the fall 2020 course.  Apply here.


Hear from students who have taken the course:

I am so happy that I took this course. I can’t imagine not having had this experience. I felt like I was exposed to a lot of valuable information, especially through our field trips. I was able to visit places that I probably would have never gone to or stumbled upon (like Stratford). I was able to experience so many things and learn about so many things that I probably would not/ will not experience anywhere else. – 2018 student

The most valuable thing to me about the experience is just learning and growing as a group. I don’t think anyone ever felt left out and we got to go to places and see the things we talked about taking action in real life. – 2018 student

The experience was invaluable for my daughter. – 2018 parent

I think the greatest value of this experience came from meeting a group of diverse people on OSU’s campus. Many of my students don’t have opportunities to interact with people who don’t come from our somewhat homogeneous community. Exposure to new ideas, environments, and experiences are rich “brain food” for the creative mind. – 2018 Sponsoring Teacher


Art & Ecology is presented with major support from American Electric Power.

General Operating Support is provided by Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation and Nationwide Insurance.

Art & Ecology and other free and low-cost programs are presented with support from Huntington Bank and Cardinal Health Foundation.


2 responses to “What is Art & Ecology: Youth?

  1. Hi! I’m a student at ACPA (art college prep academy) and I will be going into junior year of high school. I’m super interested in this program and am trying to navigate how to apply but to no avail. I was wondering if I could get some guidance to that page or what steps I should take in order to apply. Thank you!

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