2007, 2009 and 2012 AlTo Conservation Awareness Participant
Alliance for Tompotika is a non-profit international partnership 501 (c)(3) organization based on Vashon Island, Washington, USA and in Indonesia as a registered Yayasan dedicated to conserving and appreciating the unparalleled natural and cultural heritage of the lands and waters around Mount Tompotika, Sulawesi, Indonesia. (for more information on this ngo, please refer to www.tompotika.org ) I developed and taught an art and ecology workshop entitled, “AlTo Tompotika Calendar Project.” Twelve students were chosen from different villages in the area to home stay in Teku, a small village near Mount Tompotika for two weeks. The workshop included instruction in art techniques, two field trips into the rain forest and coral reef areas nearby and culminating in the creation of art for the 2010 calendar. The calendar was printed in the USA (2,000 copies) for donations to continue AlTo’s conservation work, and in Jakarta (1,500 copies) to be given away to local schools and other organizations to promote conservation and protection of native species and habitats.