CALL / FRAMEWORK
In 2016, CALL received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to take on a three-prong project to develop a platform which would enable Mary Miss and CALL’s work to inform future conversations on arts and sustainability. The three elements of this project were to 1) Conduct a Conservation Assessment of Miss’s work; 2) Create a preliminary plan for a online Archive to make Mary Miss and CALL’s work accessible to scholars, students, and the public for research; and 3) Initiate an Assessment & Dissemination effort for the CALL FRAMEWORK.
CALL's FRAMEWORK will create a road-map for diverse groups across the country to initiate collaborative, cross-disciplinary, artist-led projects which will lead to substantial gains in sustainability.
Workshops and Next Steps
As a part of establishing the FRAMEWORK, CALL held a panel at Yale University and a WORKSHOP in Washington DC. These events began to formulate the key questions which needed to be addressed in order to develop a replicable framework for artist-led initiatives.
Key institutional partnerships were developed which are leading to a nation-wide networks of artists, scientists, cities, institutions and communities committed to making the complex issues surrounding sustainability tangible to the people impacted.
CALL is looking towards WALKS and WORKSHOPS based on its FRAMEWORK being rolled out in cities across the country in 2019 and is developing a TOOLKIT to facilitate this.
To build the foundation for CALL's FRAMEWORK, Adrian Cerezo, a social ecologist from Yale University, was commissioned to conduct a Qualitative Exploration of the field and CALL's practice.
The report concluded that socially/environmentally minded contemporary art has significant elements to contribute to the social movement towards sustainable development as described by the UN Agenda 2030. Extending far beyond the role of art as a platform to present and translate key scientific concepts, the artistic endeavor can provide unique platforms to address the complexity inherent in sustainable development and become a means for community actors to explore new ways of perceiving themselves, relating to each other and acting in the world.
Cerezo's research indicates that CALL goes beyond the regular best-practices of community engaged art projects in a way that challenges and enriches both the artistic practice and community development. This is particularly seen in the deliberate movement beyond the physical expressions of art and towards an art practice that is built around and has as outcome thoughtful, respectful, personal, quiet building of human relationships and collaborations.