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Mission: Building the sustainability culture of DuPage through artistry and artisanry.

Are you a maker? An artist? An artisan?

Join the Sustain DuPage Creators!

The Sustain DuPage Creators are creating a community platform showcasing local sustainability issues through environmental communications!

You can submit to our Instagram account by tagging us (@sustaindupage) or using our hashtags (#sustaindupage, #SDCreators) and we will re-gram your post on our account! This is a great way to connect with other DuPage Creators and gain followers- building the movement for sustainability in DuPage!

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Check out what we’re doing for the EC3’s DuPage Starry Skies Project!

Artists and artisans are uniquely positioned to transform society. In his book Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning, Jack Mezirow describes how humanity is a meaning-making species. Artists and artisans are capable of utilizing semiotics to powerfully assist community members to reassess the meaning they derive from their experiences. Not only are artists empowered with the ability to dissolve problematic beliefs and behaviors of present day society, but they are capable of envisioning and manifesting new ways of being. In this way, artists can be providers of healing and leaders of the pursuit for responsible and intentional living.

Economy

Much of our economy has transitioned over the last few generations from one of production to one of consumption. Producing value for our community is a human need that falls under “social belonging” in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. In times past, there was an understanding that the person in the village who was best at creating a certain value had a responsibility to their community to hone their craft and carry on traditions for the good of everyone. Neoliberal economics has devastated our global community through the externalizing of human and ecosystem costs to developing nations in order to keep financial costs low for developed nations. This has left the most vulnerable human communities mistreated with wage theft, homelessness, starvation, environmentally-derived chronic disease, sterilization, ethnic conflict, displacement, torture, and sometimes even death. By relocalizing a vast majority of our economy, we can ensure that our lives are built on just practices. The metric with which we valuate the world is known as GDP, the Gross Domestic Product. This measurement tool is entrenched with problematic premises which are the cause of great suffering and injustice in our world today. We need to re-envision a new form of economy that valuates the just treatment of people and the environment as tenets of economic progress.

Human beings have a problem which is causing Earth’s current mass-extinction event: the dominant narrative. This is the prevailing story being told by the power elite, repeated in communities all over the globe, explaining what it means to be alive today. This story is insidiously self-reinforcing, threatening the use of state violence against those who might dare to question it. It descends from archaic understandings of human existence on Earth. The dominant narrative purports that humans must always be divided up in competition, and can never achieve planetary unity through co-operation. It relies on premises of human fallibility- that humans simply do not have the tools to build a world wherein all humans are guaranteed food, water, shelter, medicine, and social support. This narrative is waiting to be proven a lie. However, up until now in history, we might not truly have had the tools to build a Planetary Republic, which precluded the ability for humans to conceptualize a world wherein humans might be guaranteed the previously mentioned dignities. But we have reached a simulacra by repeating old adages that no longer belong in our world. Humanity has the tools today to build a world without war, without the human indignities of starvation, homelessness, treatable disease, and inequity. Artists have the unique ability to perceive this and promulgate this message to the masses.