"Social practice art" is a term that has allegiances with a number of movements in experimental art and performance studies. Social practice is an art medium that focuses on special engagement inviting collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions in the creation of participatory art.
In the last decade social practice art has gone mainstream as more artists focus on making their work have an impact on problems of pollution, homelessness and the economy. The artist is also deeply involved with the energizing of the "site" or "space".
Social practice art is a stream of participatory art that tends to display a strong sociological bent often in an effort to draw attention to social ills and political conditions. This particular art form is meant to incite empowerment or change.
Arte Botanica is a transformative social practice arts incubator, model and collaborative community continuity framework. It harnesses the healing power of combining the visual and horticultural arts into an innovative force of creative expression and community collaboration.
The Interior Site has the empowering goal of creating multiple ongoing public and private art exhibitions and educational programs that support organic expression and, ultimately, elicit increasing artistic dialogue about nature and the environment.
On the Exterior, inclusive collaboration will implement the creation of raised and vertical "bio dynamic" herbal and fragranced garden beds designed for the growth and harvesting of medicinal herbs and plants towards health and healing.
Based on demographics and statistics, minority women tend to suffer most from breast cancer(s), biological diabetes and degenerative heart diseases stemming from the lack of knowledge of proper nutrition and health care. Women in underinvested communities also tend to represent the most economically challenged and emotionally repressed participants. It is for the above-mentioned reasons and also one of promoting community equity that the gardens should develop in the direction of an economic income earning entity serviced by and for women. This collaboration, in some years, can be further developed to produce vegetable-based glycerine tinctures, distilled fragrance oils and natural organic bath and body products.
Further, this BLOG serves to highlight and offer possibilities to advance our understanding about current environmental issues, share professional creative knowledge and ask deeper questions about creating more sustainable communities in the future. It will allow artists to participate in educating, intellectually impacting, and protesting by lending a creative voice and uniting with the displaced women in the same community to collaborate and gain deeper insight into what is possible as each participant explores art, nature, healing and the environment integrated within this two fold creative placemaking model.
Arte Botanica represents the dire need for an inclusive creative "incubator" in a community where there is a basic and general confusion about the societal role and/or goal of the visual artist (within the community or institution), the necessity for the reduction of the carbon footprint and the importance of herbal health treatments, organic products and aromatherapy in health, relaxation, balancing, healing and general well-being.
The Arte Botanica model can explore, capture and project through our creative lens, bringing rich historical content to neglected communities and a passion for brilliant artistic clarity and collective political enhancement in social practice arts activism. This creative placemaking site is a place to delve into human rights, environmental protection, global warming, preventative and/or affordable healthcare, education, industry and economics for women and minority artists in underinvested and blighted communities.