Spring Artists Forums Go Green

March and April programs focus on sustainability practices

The Mint Museum’s Artists’ Forum series will take an environmentally-friendly approach this spring by focusing on green practices and sustainability. Artists’ Forums are an educational series featuring local artists discussing their work, as well as current issues and activities in their artistic fields. The programs are held the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road). Admission is free.

On March 2, D.I. von Briesen and Richard Deming from gDwell, Inc. and Bryan and Jennifer Shields from the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture will discuss their EcoBox project, which converts shipping containers into affordable, comfortable housing. gDwell, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is the culmination of many years of work building areas, systems and structures with an eye toward creating something different by reusing the materials found readily all around us. The panel will also discuss its Sister Cities Strategy, which links radically sustainable container projects in the Galapagos Islands with a blighted neighborhood in Charlotte.

On April 6, a panel group will discuss general philosophies, innovations and the global view on sustainable design and architecture, followed by a Q&A session. The panelists include Annie Carlano, Director of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design; Anne Jackson, Associate at Perkins and Will Architects; and Carrie Gault, Principal at Happy Box Architecture.