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OAS Hosts Debate on Art for Sustainability on World Environment Day

  June 19, 2013

OAS Hosts Debate on Art for Sustainability on World Environment Day
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The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted a panel on art for sustainability on the occasion of the commemoration of World Environment Day, which preceded the opening of the exhibition "Sea of Fertility" by Colombian artist Helbert Ortiz.

The panel was held at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), located in Washington, DC, where Ortiz’s exhibition was opened immediately afterward. The event was attended by the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS, Andrés González Díaz, whose government co-organized the panel and exhibition together with the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS and the AMA.

Ortiz' exhibition aims to raise awareness of and intensify political action against environmental destruction. His painting immerses viewers within their colors, light and movement, representing the strength, vitality, and complexity of the South America jungles and seas.

The panelists who participated in the discussion were Santiago Perea, from the Fine Art Gallery; Russell Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce; and Randy Curtis, Senior Policy Adviser for the Nature Conservancy. The moderator was Claudia S. de Windt, head of the Environmental Law, Policy, and Good Governance Section of the OAS Department of Sustainable Development.

The OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñónez, and the Ambassador of Colombia to the White House, Carlos Urrutia, also attended the opening of the exhibition.

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Reference: FNE-12440