This document illustrates an iterative framework for the development of an art installation and workshop plan for Nubarashen and an answer to a call for proposals of February 2017. The concepts herewithin are draft concepts that layout some necessary elements to exhibit and integrate how waste is valued, how waste effects society and how waste effects the environment including comparisons with international precedents in Germany and Japan.
The sustainability of our world depends on both the reusability of our waste and raised awareness of our own personal consumption and how our accummulated consumption affects us all. The team collaborators and sponsorship possibilities listed are for illustrative purposes only and requires confirmation dependent on availability.
The Dilijan Nature Preserve and Discovery Center (DNPDC) will profitably create nature-based interactive learning experiences for local inhabitants of the city, national and international tourists, youth in nearby schools and nature enthusiasts. DNPDC will combine hiking trails, innovative designed lookout spots, state-of-the-art interactivity with the local ecology, educational programs, scalable and exportable interactive science exhibits, as well as guided nature trail excursions that combine technology and nature to provide an enriching, educational and impacting experience.
Our aim is to turn this park into a national jewel, re-introducing native plant and animal species that have gone extinct in the last 100 years. Rehabilitation and restoration of Dilijan forest would not only create jobs but it would also allow us to apply the knowledge and technique learned here to other forest in Armenia.
Every year 30-40% of adults and children are exposed to secondhand smoke inhalation. Many of the same diseases seen in active smokers are seen in non-smokers living with an active smoker. Thousands of people who don’t smoke lose their lives each year from smoking related diseases.
Armenia has the highest rate of smoking amongst males in the entire Caucasus region. This tobacco consumption results in over half the population being exposed to secondhand smoke, mostly young children and women. It is time to advocate for a reduction in secondhand smoke exposure; this country simply cannot wait.
Our project will target and engage both the general public and government officials to greatly reduce secondhand smoke exposure in homes, cars, establishments, and public spaces.
In August through October of 2012, I held a workshop for 40 students at Tumo Center for Creative Technology which lead to the designing and creation of 40 posters for social change.
In January through March of 2013, the posters were designed into an exhibit by 15 new students. The result was an exhibit entitled “CHANGE!” which showcased what changes that would benefit the health, development, humanity and environment of our society.
As part of the workshop we had developed a real-world application of posters that could contribute to civil society and social change; the Kievyan Bridge.
The Kievyan Bridge is frequently in news headlines owing to multiple suicide attempts each year. We had discussed the possibility of adding color and liveliness to the Kievyan bridge with positive message. The result were these posters. The messages read in succession respectively:
"It's a bad day, not a bad life."
"There's someone who needs you."
"Someone loves you."
"The future is bright."
After some research we realized that the advertising of such emotional concepts of love, need, future and relationships in general could be a trigger for someone who is already at-risk of committing suicide.
I then created a proposal, together with local psychologists, to establish a suicide hotline in Armenia (the first of its kind.) We presented the proposal together with the incumbent US ambassador in Yerevan and received positive feedback.
A suicide hotline in Armenia is something that is essential, necessary and would contribute greatly for many who seek supportive, anonymous counseling who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn.