Dance at Harlem Meer Celebrate Urban Birds Event
Photo by Karen Purcell

We strongly suggest that you partner with local artists in your community to create participatory public art opportunities! Here are a few ideas:

  • Hold an art/mixed media/or photography contest or a non-competitive art showing inspired by the natural world in cities.
  • Could dance, theatre, or music be inspired by birds, urban nature, and conservation? Try it!
  • Create a mural inspired by urban nature.
  • Create urban terrariums with city landscapes and green spaces.
  • Could you create art with plants? Create a vertical garden or container gardens for the birds. Check step by step instructions to have a vertical garden in a small space!
  • Hold a contest featuring the best garden for birds. Promote creativity and connection with the arts. Hold a community gathering in a local business or park to award prizes. (Need ideas for prizes? Email urbanbirds@cornell.edu and we’ll help you).
  • Combine art and gardening! Make a sod sculpture, create a hidden stone figure, make a tipi with climber beans or sunflowers, and more. Please visit Cornell’s Art of Horticulture website for great ideas.
  • Check out artists and get ideas at greenmuseum.org
  • Create patchwork “arpilleras” (colorful three dimensional appliqued textile wall hangings) depicting local community green spaces. Incorporate dried plants, seeds, and grains into the design.
  • People of all ages love creating art with fabric. Take a look at master quilter Elsie Dentes’ instructions on creating fabric collages.