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Its the new year and IFIAAR is slowly seeing the possibilities for 2019 unfold.

February 9th is the first event! Graciously invited by Nina Hartmann and Suzie Zak, IFIAAR will host an evening event for their show closing at In Lieu in Los Angeles, CA. Look out for the guest speaker announcement on the Instagram.
The IFIAAR library will be present for browsing as well as hot new merchandise!

Coming soon:
Comments by Sarah Meadows
New tee shirt design featured above!

When you tell someone you run something called the “Institute for Interspecies Art and Relations” people are likely to inquire what that means. Usually my answer turns into some kind of rant about roadrunners’ murderous nature or how roaming cattle are necessary to keep prairies from succumbing to desertification or how disturbing tortoise sex is.  

This of course is kind of the point. A simple answer would kill the spark and we need to keep the conversation going. There is no one way humans should or should not act towards their fellow creatures. There is no one right way to live. This of course is a very sticky area because many feel firmly there is in both violent, passive, and negligent ways, and while there are, there’s more to it. I’ve always been a rationalist and a moderate for better or worse. I tend to believe consciousness and consideration are more important than creating narrow paths of right or wrong action. Our society has gotten so complex though, we are barely allowed the time to consider how our actions play into big pictures, or they’re so complex we give up on thinking about them.

Can we both live side by side with animals as our friends, our kin, our killers, our dinner without significantly destroying their presence and existence? Can we all have inviolable rights? Can we strive for utopia while understanding its impossibility?

I’m in charge of IFIAAR, but I’m also not! The Institute in a conduit and platform for those seeking answers or posing questions of their own. Of course I’m a sucker for publishing as one of the few things I personally have experience in but I also want to build more spaces to inhabit together and learn. Expect events to continue in LA and NY! The ultimate dream has been to turn my own property in Landers, CA into a refuge for wayward creatures and humans to spend time together, but property has taught me things move slow, winter 2019??

I’m also not paid yet hahaha. So please bare in mind the pace at which things grow. I mean, as my own primary shareholder, I’m not expecting much in capital growth ;) This is about passion and caring. My ideas far exceed my ability to act at the moment and maybe that’s fine! I’ll also be maintaining my own life, art, homes, and hopefully sanity while I embark on this venture. These topics are actually so helpful in gaining perspective though. Earth is old, change is infinite, humans are not exceptional!

Anyway, if you are interested in being involved, how can I help you help me?
Technical things I need help with are building a searchable database for the library, fun drawings to scatter around the website, research into direct action for citizens to promote healthy cross-species relations in urban and rural areas, contacts for possible speakers for events, lists of good printers with ‘green’ options for small press runs, and once my guest room gets built, maybe some hands to build the resident shack! And if you want to just talk, I really like talking.
The Institute is an organism, I can say what it is right now, but it may not be what it is in the future. Thank you all though for being in it with me :-)



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