With spring weather arriving and the approach of the end of the semester, discussions of next year’s exhibitions are already underway at the Museum; especially concerning next spring’s exhibit, Green Revolution, which focuses on sustainable living and current environmental concerns. Though it may seem a bit early to start talking about Spring 2014, Green Revolution is a unique show requiring advanced planning that relies greatly on the participation of the local community. The Green Revolution exhibition will play a central role in next year’s annual campus theme: “Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice.” Soon after the start of classes next fall, Denison Museum will begin accepting proposals for mini “eco-zibits” that demonstrate Denison’s commitment to sustainable living.
Based on an exhibition originally organized by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and made available through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Green Revolution is a customizable exhibition that provides sample blueprints for a variety of displays on green topics. The decision for the final exhibition design, however, is up to the hosting community. It is through the active participation of community members —both in the design and production phases of the eco-displays— that the show demonstrates how to achieve a “greener” lifestyle right at home. Examples of past projects include an installation featured at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas. The Nature Center hung 300 cleaned gallon milk jugs from a tree to serve as a reflection on daily water consumption within their community (about 290 gallons per capita). It was a visually engaging and thought-provoking piece that served as a great example of the kinds of displays Denison Museum is hoping to create for the Museum’s gallery as well as for other sites around Denison’s campus.
We believe that Denison’s own Green Revolution exhibition will give our community the opportunity to have fun celebrating our progress towards a greener campus, while simultaneously challenging us to take our commitment to a sustainable lifestyle to the next level. While Spring 2014 may seem far from now, the Museum is working with student organizations such as the Denison Sustainability Fellows, key staff, and faculty members in Environmental Studies, Studio Art, and Chemistry to promote Green Revolution. Be on the lookout for a link to a Google form on MyDenison (in the Museum’s up-and-coming tab in the “Campus Resources” area) to submit your proposal. In the meantime, we hope that people will start asking important questions regarding our campus and its environment. Big questions like: how are we reducing our school’s carbon footprint? How wasteful are we? What can we do to help our community be more sustainable? These kinds of questions will be at the heart of the exhibit and we hope will allow people to start thinking of Denison’s role in the Green Revolution.