Creativity and conservation: How art can inspire a movement - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative


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Creativity and conservation: How art can inspire a movement

October 29, 2023 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film screening and panel discussion

Nature can inspire and inform works of art that can move people to take action. Film is one such medium that can spark a passion for nature and wildlife.

On October 29, please join Y2Y and Contemporary Calgary for a special evening that begins with the screening of the film There Is A Place On Earth by Ellen van den Honert, followed by a panel with guest speakers including conservationist Harvey Locke, filmmaker Ellen van den Honert, and Blackfoot artist Jared Tailfeathers, moderated by Joseph Lougheed. The conversation unfolds around our engagements with nature, and the ways in which art inspires conservation efforts.

Doors open: 5 p.m.
Film screening: 5:15 p.m.
Panel discussion: 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 with one beverage included with your ticket purchase.


Ellen van den Honert

Ellen van den Honert holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked internationally as a music teacher, project manager, and entrepreneur, while also managing a career as a songwriter and performing artist, successfully releasing the critical acclaimed albums, Breath of the Soul (2006), and Hummingville (2010). In 2015, Ellen established the Wild About Music Foundation dedicated to promoting the synergy of art and conservation. This led to the production of her first feature-length documentary, There Is A Place On Earth, exploring the role of artists in wilderness conservation on a beautiful and poetic journey around the world.

Jared Tailfeathers

Jared Tailfeathers is a multidisciplinary, Blackfoot (Kainai) artist, musician, inventor, workshop facilitator/teacher, amateur Historian/researcher and author. He builds original musical instruments for interactive projects, performances, workshops, recording, and for sale. He works in various styles, media, genres, and materials depending on the project or commission. His focus as an artist is to bridge gaps between arts and culture media, for cultural education, workshops, and collaboration. He is a Blackfoot territory art historian and land researcher. Since 2015 his work has been mainly in Indigenous arts and culture, working for the Calgary Public Library’s Indigenous Services, building relationships with artists, Indigenous run organizations (Making Treaty 7, IRIM, Siksika youth/arts), Knowledge keepers, ceremonialists, and elders from the Treaty 7 Nations and our neighboring Nations, research about Treaty history, important territorial sites and to support community members in their practices in public settings and organizations. He is working with a few municipalities in protecting and acknowledging traditionally important sites.

Harvey Locke

Harvey is co-founder and Strategic Advisor to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. He served as President or Vice President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for 17 years and is currently its Senior Advisor, Conservation. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and co-founded the Nature Needs Half movement. A native of the Calgary-Banff area of Canada, Harvey is globally known for his work on wilderness, national parks and large landscape conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon and beyond. Named by Time Magazine as one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century, he was recently awarded the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award by the IUCN, a prestigious global award that recognizes his extensive conservation work. Harvey has led work on major private lands conservation projects for connectivity, national park creation and management, climate change and nature conservation, and he was a member of the executive committee for the World Wilderness Congress (WILD9) held in Merida, Mexico, in 2009.

About the film

Dutch filmmaker Ellen van den Honert explores a beautiful and poetic journey around the world meeting artists and conservationists to ask why and how art can become a vital pathway to wilderness conservation. The film features several conservationists including Harvey Locke, one of the founders of Y2Y.

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This event is sponsored by Tom Plunkett at Raymond James

Banner photo credits:
Bison and Museum Twenthe: Wild About Music Foundation
MinkeWhale: Bryant Austin
Axis Mundi: Bianca Lee Vasquez

Event Location

Contemporary Calgary - Dome Theatre
701 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2C4