pourDemain – Sustainability made Art
Zoe Cimatti1, Marie Barone2, Françoise Bridel2, Marta Hans-Möevi2, Bénédicte Pivot2, Daniel Schilling2
1Waste management service – State of Geneva, Switzerland; 2Groupe pourDemain – Centre de Formation Professionnelle Arts Genève, Switzerland
We all agree that education is one of the most powerful tool to raise both responsible citizens and awareness in future adults who will shape the world of tomorrow.
Many global topics are already addressed at school, like global warming or impacts of our consumption on resources, but education for sustainable development is most of the time pretty absent in professional teaching, as it focuses more on practical professional aspects. This is particularly true in art teaching.
The Centre de Formation Professionnelle Arts Genève is a professional art school where are taught ceramics, fashion design, graphics, interactive media design, interior architecture, jewellery, polydesign and dance to pupils from 15 to 19 years old. Inspired by the successful movie “Demain” (meaning Tomorrow), a group of five concerned teachers have founded in 2016 the “pourDemain” (meaning For Tomorrow) group to get teachers and pupils involved in a sustainable dynamic in their everyday life at school in practical and educational way. In 2016-2017, the group focused on “The origin of materials and waste” as an allusion to Darwin’s “The origin of species”.
As an introduction, the waste management authorities of Geneva gave a solution oriented lecture to the entire school, explaining the origin of waste focusing on a cradle to cradle thinking. The lecture was supported by a pedagogic collection of “object or waste?” material.
“pourDemain” branded educational projects were proposed by several teachers. For instance, future fashion designers were asked to deconstruct some jeans to make new outfits, story of art teacher asked to turn plastic bags into a work of art, and communication classes organized a #zerowaste tweets contest.
To date, a dozen teachers are involved in the pourDemain group and meet every 2 months. Final works will be exhibited at the end of the academic year during a pourDemain event.