Green Patriot Posters

Green Patriot Posters (GPP) is a public intervention centered on posters that encourage all U.S. citizens to take part in building a sustainable economy. Posters have been commissioned from design leaders as well as aspiring artists through an on-line community for sharing and voting on original designs. The posters are distributed through multiple channels (print, web, bus ads, licensing, etc.) to reach the widest audience possible. Green Patriot Posters display an image of strength, optimism and unity. Some focus on specific actions that anyone can take; some are general. The overriding message is that our individual actions do matter, that we can all be part of the sustainability movement, and that this can become a defining value of 21st Century patriotism. Artists Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris of The Canary Project, who first developed this project, are currently relaunching GPP in support of the “Green New Deal.”

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) will be a launch site for GPP 2.0. Through preliminary field research and community outreach, data will be gathered about the most pressing environmental concerns in the Breckenridge community. This data will be used to create designs specific to the community. A poster-making workshop will be offered to local teens and The Canary Project will reach out to regional artists and designers to solicit designs. These works will then be displayed throughout town during and immediately after the festival. Throughout the BIFA dates, a temporary, pop-up GPP basecamp will be a place where festival goers can learn about the project, read up on the science (including data on impacts and solutions in Breckenridge area), view artwork, participate in hands-on design sessions and meet local activists working on environmental issues. Finally, the project will include a wrap party featuring guest DJs along with a few inspirational speakers to rally festival-goers around green patriotism.

This project will be on view during and immediately following the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) from Aug 9–18, 2019. Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris’s residency and installation are supported through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, part of BCA’s ‘Ecoventions Breckenridge’ project.