A signature event of the week-long Artists for Conservation is the unveiling of the Silent Skies mural of the endangered birds of the world illustrated by artists from around the world.
The Silent Skies Student Mural Project is a youth education project focused on conservation and the study of endangered species through art, research and community engagement. It specifically targets students in grades 3 through 7. The project builds directly on an international collaborative super-mural featuring all 678 endangered bird species of the world; depicted by leading internationally recognized artists. The 100-ft-long installation will form the artistic centerpiece of the 8th annual Artists for Conservation Festival (AFC Festival), the 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress2018) and Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF) at the Vancouver Convention Centre (August 20-25, 2018).
The program offered students, educators, schools, parents and their respective communities a unique opportunity for students to have their work published online and potentially selected for exhibit in a major international cultural and scientific event. Thank you to all of the children and educators that participated! A selection of 100 student artworks will be printed and mounted in a physical installation alongside the professional artist version at the aforementioned events.