Studio for Sustainability & Social Action (S3A)
Imagine the visual arts at Penn State with sustainability and social action at their core. Following the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, S3A is dedicated to sustainability and a philosophical and moral call to social action through artistic practice.
Courses and Curriculum
Symposium and Exhibition
Community Collaborations and
Artist Lectures and Workshops.
Care, Water, Food, Shelter, Cost
S3A Inaugural Biennial Symposium and Exhibition
April 22-24, 2021
We seek proposals that honor the five themes of the symposium while enhancing audience participation and engagement through creative forms, experimental approaches, scholarly research, and artistic production related to:
Care: Stewardship, Empathy, Hospitality, Disability, Injustice
Water: Value, Health, Accessibility, Climate Change, Pollution
Food: Insecurity, Organic Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Foraging
Shelter: Homelessness, Urban Development, Inclusivity, Displacement, Museums
Cost: Human, Environmental, Cultural, Gift Economy, Grassroots Economy
Visiting Artist Series
Nancy Campbell will speak on Tuesday, November 10th, at noon about the challenges of making work about the climate crisis. Campbell will share stories about her time working in the Arctic and Greenland, about her experience in research residencies, and about her experience in producing visual art for communities.
Nichole Van Beek
Calls for Proposals
Nancy Campbell is S3A's visiting artist and will be hosted at Abington Campus starting October 2020. FROM Baffin Bay all that can be seen of the island is the museum on the promontory, its timber frame painted blood red. It’s said to be the most northerly...
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Sustaining All Life
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) believe the environmental crisis cannot be resolved without ending racism, genocide toward Indigenous peoples, classism, sexism, and other oppressions.