Where Did All the Animals Go? is an art and environmental education project, with drawing, one of the oldest forms of communication, at its core. The project gives children, communities and wildlife a voice.
Education is a key component in reversing the biodiversity crisis. Founded by Artist, Jane Lee McCracken to share her passions for drawing in ballpoint pen and wildlife, and in partnership with international wildlife charity Born Free and a dynamic group of North East teachers and outreach partners, this grassroots project provides, through art, environmental education to communities in the UK and internationally. Jane will be curating and organising Where Did All the Animals Go? 2021 exhibition and endangered species conference at Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Alongside these events, education resources, outreach programmes and workshops are underway to give more children and communities the opportunity to learn about and draw vulnerable species, using Jane's medium of choice, the humble Biro (ballpoint pen), nurturing compassion and collective responsibility for wildlife. The project includes the following key messages:
- A call for wider awareness and compassion for wildlife affected by human destruction, and the subsequent impact of wildlife depletion on humanity if we don’t act now.
- Jane invites us to explore the facts as to why and how species are threatened.
- Simple key actions are explored to make positive changes for wildlife, both locally and globally
- Wildlife is something we all share; wildlife has the power to unite us through the need for its conservation.
- This project provides an opportunity to form connections with vulnerable species
- Think of the animal you drew and how the world is a better place for its existence
- Remember, EVERYONE CAN DRAW!
Drawing submissions for the project's online gallery Wild Postcard Gallery are now open here. The project is part of Born Free Creative Nature Programme here. We are also forging new partnerships with other art and education organisations across the globe, including a collaboration with the prestigious Laguna Art Museum and its Imagination Day virtual event here. Project news updates are posted on Jane's blog here and on social media here: Facebook/wheredidalltheanimalsgoproject / Twitter/WDATAGproject / Instagram/wdatagproject_janeleemcc For news from Guyana Outreach Programme visit: Facebook/GuyanaArtForConservation View the 2019 exhibition here. Watch Jane's Biro drawing video here.