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Gardening Nude Naked Winner of the Week: Austin Green Art An Organization That Is Truly Making A Difference For the Environment

Posted Mar 06 2009 2:56pm
On most Friday's, Gardening Nude The Blog features a special person or organization for the day. This person or org is the "Naked Winner of the Week." All people featured in this category are winners for doing great things for the community and trying to make a difference for the world. You can make a difference too.

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The naked winner of the week for 03-06-09 is ::drum roll please::

Austin Green Art (AGA) and it’s founder, Randy Jewart. AGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about important environmental issues via hands-on, creative, community-based programming and events – with creative art as its focus. Incredible idea – “Gardening Nude” loves it!

Artist Randy Jewart  

AGA is bringing a new and unique environmental awareness to the American community. Most importantly, in the process of creating environmental awareness, AGA is also breaking down a lot of the negative cultural form that has led to environmental problems to begin with.

According to the AGA website, www.austingreenart.org, “AGA was Austin Art Plastic Awareness Sculpture launched in November 2004 by Randy Jewart initially to produce a temporary, outdoor sculpture show during the June 2005 Public Art Network. Prior to AGA,  Randy developed a program in Washington, D.C. called It’s Sculpture!, for which he raised over $100,000 in two years to fund public art.”

Thankfully Randy and his cool team of creative artists have been moving forward with exciting projects ever since. From the awesome blue “Plastic Bag Awareness Sculpture” at the Step It Up Rally. To the very cool installation at the REI store in Pittsburgh, PA; a 35-foot waterfall made from 3500 plastic bottles from Mars Area High School students. AGA sees it’s mission in life as creating and partnering Austin Art 35 Foot Waterfall with organizations to build focus on education, advocacy and community building.

AGA says it “believes in each individual’s creativity and presents a structure for community members to express themselves throughout the art making process while learning about important issues relating to the environment and their role in its future health.” What an incredible way to help teach the world that there is a healthier way to live.

When AGA takes important community and environmental issues and brings them to the public in a creative and collaborative way, it truly makes a difference for the world. Here are some of their awesome accomplishments since their inception:

  • Raised over $250,000 via grants, sponsorships and individual donations
  • Conducted 44 programs in 3 years
  • Engaged 1,300+ residents and artists as volunteers
  • Engaged more than 3,300 individuals as project participants
  • Programs have been viewed or attended by more than 200,000 people
  • Partnered with more than 160 organizations
  • Broad and consistent media coverage including a cover story in the Austin Chronicle

Thank you, Randey Jewart and Austin Green Art for bringing a level of knowledge to the public which is not often considered. Your environmental efforts and positive community actions are truly making a difference.You win a back flip and an old-fashioned Texas, “Yee Ha” from the Gardening Nude blog – thank you for showing the community how important working together to help solve environmental concerns is.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community! http://www.thecasualgardener.com, The Green Blog - http://www.gardeningnude.com, or The Garden Blog - http://thecasualgardener.blogspot.com

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