Northern West Virginia Local Section

NWV

Climate Science Art Competition

American Chemical Society

Presidential Climate Science Challenge Grant Proposal

 


Climate Science and the Arts

Submitted by
Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society
Erica Harvey, Chair
in collaboration with
Sandra Cress, Artist and Art Educator, Morgantown, WV
March 8, 2013

Abstract
The Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society (NWV ACS) proposes a Climate Science Toolkit-inspired art competition in the fall of 2013. Artists from the region will compete at four levels (K-8, high school, college and local artists).  After an introduction to the ACS Climate ScienceToolkit (www.acs.org/climatescience), presented by a trained local scientist or ACS Student Affiliate, participants will be asked to create works of art that illustrate or publicize information found in the Toolkit.  Artist statements accompanying submitted works will discuss the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process.  Judges will score the projects on specified criteria, including effective use of the Toolkit and accuracy of scientific content as well as artistic merit and creativity.  
The competition will culminate in an art opening in the spring of 2014.  Contestants, their families, legislators, and members of the public will be invited to the gala event, where the final chosen works will be displayed.  Interactive climate science activities will also be provided at the event.  The project will be further disseminated on the NWV ACS website and by presentations at national meetings in the art and chemistry communities.
Presidential Climate Science Challenge Grant Proposal

Climate Science and the Arts

Submitted by
Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society
Erica Harvey, Chair
in collaboration with
Sandra Cress, Artist and Art Educator, Morgantown, WV
March 8, 2013

Abstract
The Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society (NWV ACS) proposes a Climate Science Toolkit-inspired art competition in the fall of 2013. Artists from the region will compete at four levels (K-8, high school, college and local artists).  After an introduction to the ACS Climate ScienceToolkit (www.acs.org/climatescience), presented by a trained local scientist or ACS Student Affiliate, participants will be asked to create works of art that illustrate or publicize information found in the Toolkit.  Artist statements accompanying submitted works will discuss the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process.  Judges will score the projects on specified criteria, including effective use of the Toolkit and accuracy of scientific content as well as artistic merit and creativity.  
The competition will culminate in an art opening in the spring of 2014.  Contestants, their families, legislators, and members of the public will be invited to the gala event, where the final chosen works will be displayed.  Interactive climate science activities will also be provided at the event.  The project will be further disseminated on the NWV ACS website and by presentations at national meetings in the art and chemistry communities.
1. Dates of competition: Labor Day, 2013 -  Just before Thanksgiving break.
2. How does it benefit the teachers?
1. Common Core and WV CSO’s, including the opportunity to have a science visitor in their classroom and to work with an area of scientific concern.
1. Arts that support and teach other content areas - we are looking for art teachers who like the way the arts and other disciplines feed off each other.
2. Great to have collaboration between science and art teachers in a given school, so we can invite science teachers to be part of the group that presents, even if they present only to their own school.  Angela’s studies - science and art teachers getting to know each other and support each other was very strong.  (Send announcement to science teacher list-serves as well as art - inviting teams to participate.)
1. Prizes for students - Prizes for the competition will include a combination of donated and locally-purchased and/or eco-friendly items (solar chargers for phone, solar backpack, reusable water bottles), items from local businesses and eating establishments, and sustainable produced t-shirts (with the design coming from the competition).
2. T-shirts for teachers, Gift certificates will be provided for art teachers who involve their classrooms in this activity, especially those in the K-12 schools.
3. Visibility - Winners will have the opportunity to be featured at an art opening in Morgantown in March, 2014, have reproductions of their work and artist statements linked from the NWV ACS section website, and have their work presented at the National Art Education Association Conference in San Diego in March 2014.  Highly successful pieces will also be submitted to the national ACS for possible further development and/or inclusion in publications or on their website.  Several professional art venues are possible for the art opening in Morgantown, WV, in the spring of 2014.    Contestants, their families, and members of the public will be invited to the gala event, where the final chosen works will be displayed.  Interactive climate change activities will also be provided at the event (e.g., “test your knowledge” quizzes with answers leading to the Climate Science Toolkit on the web, and climate science-oriented chemistry demonstrations performed by the Student Affiliates.) Students from PopShop WV, a community-minded music education program in Morgantown, WV, will be invited to provide musical entertainment with ties to climate science. 
1. Guidelines for submissions  - 
1. Participants will create works of visual art in any medium (poetry envisioned as visual art, for example, could work.)
2. Artist statements will accompany all submissions, discussing the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process
3. Age ranges
1. Elementary: K-4
2. Middle School:  5-8
3. High School: 9-12
4. College
5. Professional/Adult artists
1. Judging criteria:  need a rubric that provides guidance for the teacher but doesn’t drown the kids in detail that stifles creativity.
1. Technical skill:
1. Sandy break this down as an artist - what you would look for...and Angela could make a rubric draft for us to review.
1. Visual appeal - Sandy break down
2. Scientific content accuracy
3. Effective use of toolkit
1. use of one theme/category from the toolkit
2. scientific data is included
3. obvious what is learned from the toolkit
4. artist statement quality/clarity
1. Creativity
What is the Climate Science Art Competition?
 
Participants will create works of art that illustrate or publicize information found in the online Climate Science Toolkit released by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2012 (www.acs.org/climatescience).   
 
At the start of the competition, local scientists will visit each involved art classroom or art group, and do a short presentation on the Climate Science Toolkit (Energy Balance and Planetary Temperature, Atmospheric Warming, Greenhouse Gases, and Oceans, Ice and Rocks).  Scientists can also provide phone, online or email support and can serve as ongoing advisors if questions arise during the artistic creation process.
The competition will culminate in an art opening in the spring of 2014.  Contestants, their families, legislators, and members of the public will be invited to the gala event, where the final chosen works will be displayed.  Interactive climate science activities will also be provided at the event.  The project will be further disseminated on the NWV ACS website and by presentations at national meetings in the art and chemistry communities.
 When is the competition?
 
The competition kicks off in September, 2013.  Entry submission date is January 31, 2014.
 
 
Who can participate?
 
Artists and art students from the north central West Virginia region are invited to compete at the following levels:
  • Elementary: K-4
  • Middle School:  5-8
  • High School : 9-12
  • College
  • Professional/Adult artists 
 
What are the guidelines for submissions?
 
  • Entries must be submitted in Morgantown, WV.
  • Artist statements accompanying submitted works will discuss the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process.
  • Entries will specify the level (Elementary, Middle School, etc.).
  • Group entries are allowed.
  • Judges will score the projects on specified criteria, including effective use of the Toolkit and accuracy of scientific content as well as artistic merit and creativity. The judging rubric is available at http://nwv.sites.acs.org/artrubric.htm.
  • Participants will create works of visual art in any medium (poetry envisioned as visual art could be submitted, for example.)
 
What are the benefits?
  • Prizes for winners in the competition will include a combination of donated and locally-purchased and/or eco-friendly items, items from local businesses and eating establishments, and sustainably-produced t-shirts (with the design coming from the competition). 
  • Gift certificates and t-shirts will be provided for art teachers who involve their classrooms in this activity.
  • Visibility for the artwork (see next section.)
  • Classroom-specific benefits:
    • Common Core and West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for science and art at each grade level have been mapped to the project, so teachers can bring the competition to the attention of their students as a way to meet important standards for science and art.
    • Teachers and artist groups get the opportunity to have a Climate Science Toolkit presentation in the classroom and to work with an area of highly relevant scientific concern.
    • This project provides a great opportunity to enjoy the way the arts and other disciplines support each other.  We encourage collaboration between science and art teachers in a given school and will invite interested science teachers to be part of the group that presents the Climate Science Toolkit information to artists and art classes.
 
Where will the works be exhibited?
  • Winners will have the opportunity to:
    • be featured in an art show in Morgantown in March, 2014
    • have reproductions of their work and artist statements linked from the Northern West Virginia American Chemical Society section website
    • have their work presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in the summer of 2014
  • Highly successful pieces will be submitted to the national ACS for possible further development and/or inclusion in publications or on their website. 
 
What will happen at the Climate Science Art Opening?
 
Contestants, their families, and members of the public will be invited to a gala art opening in Morgantown in March, 2014, where the final chosen works and artist statements will be displayed.  Interactive climate change activities will also be provided at the event (e.g. climate science-oriented chemistry demonstrations performed by American Chemical Society Student Affiliates groups from colleges and universities in the local ACS section.) Students from PopShop WV, a community-minded music education program in Morgantown, WV, will be invited to provide musical entertainment with ties to climate science. 
 
 
What if I have more questions about the Art Competition?
 
Please contact Sandy Cress (wvclimatescience@gmail.com.) 
The Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society (NWV ACS) proposes a Climate Science Toolkit-inspired art competition in the fall of 2013. Artists from the region will compete at four levels (K-8, high school, college and local artists).  After an introduction to the ACS Climate ScienceToolkit (www.acs.org/climatescience), presented by a trained local scientist or ACS Student Affiliate, participants will be asked to create works of art that illustrate or publicize information found in the Toolkit.  Artist statements accompanying submitted works will discuss the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process.  Judges will score the projects on specified criteria, including effective use of the Toolkit and accuracy of scientific content as well as artistic merit and creativity. 
Presidential Climate Science Challenge Grant Proposal

Climate Science and the Arts

Submitted by
Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society
Erica Harvey, Chair
in collaboration with
Sandra Cress, Artist and Art Educator, Morgantown, WV
March 8, 2013

Abstract
The Northern West Virginia section of the American Chemical Society (NWV ACS) proposes a Climate Science Toolkit-inspired art competition in the fall of 2013. Artists from the region will compete at four levels (K-8, high school, college and local artists).  After an introduction to the ACS Climate ScienceToolkit (www.acs.org/climatescience), presented by a trained local scientist or ACS Student Affiliate, participants will be asked to create works of art that illustrate or publicize information found in the Toolkit.  Artist statements accompanying submitted works will discuss the piece and the creation process, including how information from the Climate Science Toolkit was used to inform the process.  Judges will score the projects on specified criteria, including effective use of the Toolkit and accuracy of scientific content as well as artistic merit and creativity.  
The competition will culminate in an art opening in the spring of 2014.  Contestants, their families, legislators, and members of the public will be invited to the gala event, where the final chosen works will be displayed.  Interactive climate science activities will also be provided at the event.  The project will be further disseminated on the NWV ACS website and by presentations at national meetings in the art and chemistry communities.