Sustainable Development and Local Art

Sustainable development is about creating improvements in how humanity can meet its needs without destroying either the beauty or the integrity of the environment. Sustainability is present in numerous aspects of our daily life. We take steps to make sure that the environment is protected, we seek ways that would ensure balanced economic development, and we fight for social wellbeing in industries, economies, and communities. Here are some of the many ways in which sustainable development is integrated in local art.

The Impact of Art on the Environment

With the advancements and new knowledge that come with progress, the artistic community continues to develop sustainable art, taking careful note of its impact at the social and environmental level. For instance, in sustainable architecture, artists are now looking for ways to optimize the use of natural resources in order to reduce and adverse effects of their work on the environment.

The relationship between art and sustainability, however, is not restricted to physical media, such as sculpture made from all-natural materials or paintings that are created using materials that are respectful to the environment. It is more than just what can be seen in the actual work. There are also more efforts today to influence sustainable development efforts with culture and the arts by introducing more artists to the idea of sustainability, while also recognizing sustainability initiatives that have used the arts in their work.

New Global Policy

Creativity and culture are both very popular terms in so many aspects of human life, from the economy to politics, from management consultancy to public policy. However for more than a decade, international organizations such as the EU, OECD or UNESCO, have increasingly referred to culture and creativity as a new framework to look at hard policy problems, especially in the context of sustainable development.


Today, there are many development projects which take into account arts and culture, including the creation of arts enterprises and encouraging and supporting local cultural production, mobilizing communities to preserve and protect tangible and intangible heritage. This also includes training young creative workers for new business start-ups, and creating a range of social alliances to ensure that there is active progress in the local economy.