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Art Works for Change


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint (2015)

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  • This exhibition includes three featured tours and 28 artist galleries that explore the issues of overconsumption, environmental degradation, and ecosystem conservation.
Teaching Tips


  • There are so many wonderful artist galleries, and each one is unique.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There are two main ways to explore this exhibition: featured tours and artist galleries.
  • There are five icons for exploring the artist galleries: delve, learn, interpret, reflect, and act. The icons help guide you as you scroll through each art gallery.
  • The bottom of each artist gallery features pledge boxes that you can check to show your commitment to taking care of the Earth.


  • Art students could choose one artist to study. Students could research the artist's motivation and background and analyze one of their pieces.
  • The pledges in the Act section of each artist's page are simple steps students can take to reduce their environmental impact. Students can select one or more of these actions to implement in their lives and track their progress over time.
  • Students can also explore the 2020 exhibition of the same name.
Scientist Notes

These galleries identify key environmental problems arising from oil exploration and resource exploitation, and present a plan for sustainable resource management. This is recommended for teaching.

  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.Ia Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
      • VA:Cn11.1.IIIa Appraise the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.
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