In recent years OISE faculty and students have been working to raise awareness about issues about the environment, climate justice, and sustainability through the creation of a series of environmental art installations. Many of these are part of the 'Take the Stairs' campaign, forming a walking art gallery in the main stairwell of the OISE building to encouraging community members to take the stairs, rather than elevators (thereby conserving the energy of the elevators and improving the health and wellness of the walkers). These installations highlight a range of issues, including the environmental rights of children, the plight of migratory birds, the importance of nature-based learning and the four Cardinal Directions, and the shift to sustainability practices. Other artworks are found in OISE classrooms and the library. To learn more about the impacts of these community-created artworks, refer to this research article. Access more information on each installation below.
FLAP for the Birds
These handmade relief prints were created to raise awareness of the plight of migratory birds and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP).
Growing in New Directions: Knowledge-Building and Creativity
This mixed-media art installation shares children's learning about Indigenous knowledge, native plants and the four Cardinal Directions.
Turning Over a New Leaf
This clay and metal installation focuses on sustainability practices that can be implemented in schools.
Turn it Off!
This art project, created with intermediate and secondary students, uses creative light switch stickers to encourage energy conservation.
Growing Knowledge: Tree Murals
These murals share young students' growing knowledge and understanding about trees .
Environmental Rights of the Child Art Installation
This clay installation highlights the environmental rights of children through their own eyes.
Teach for the Earth, Teach for the Future
This clay art installation explores the power of nature-based learning.
FLAP 2.0 - For the Birds
This mural focuses on the plight of migratory birds in urban environments.
The Garden Towers Project
Found in the OISE Library, this clay art installation celebrates the OISE Community Learning Garden.
Bee the Change
The challenges faced by Ontario bees are explored in this bee-autiful art installation.
On a Wing & a Prayer
This installation uses upcycled materials to raise awareness of issues faced by Ontario butterflies.
This mural integrates image and text to celebrate OISE's Learning Garden and its many native plant species.
Casting a Wide Net
This mural investigates the challenges faced by native fish species in the Great Lakes.
Keywords for a Just Recovery
Our first digital installation explores the components of a 'just' recovery from the pandemic.