Art into Acres (DBA Art to Acres) is an artist-founded non-profit environmental and art initiative based in California, United States focusing on large-scale land conservation for climate, Indigenous peoples and biodiversity support. Founded in 2017, the initiative stewarded the permanent conservation of 22 million acres of tropical and boreal forests on behalf of artists, galleries and institutions, in conjunction with matching funds partners, into the creation of new National Parks, Regional Parks, Indigenous Reserves and a range of International Union for Conservation of Nature 1a and 1b reserves in the form of land trusts and civil associations. The initiative engages project selection, due diligence reviews, funding, matching funds arrangements, quarterly meeting with partners, protected area declaration audits and donor education. Funds are restricted to the land conservation location selected by the donor and donors receive the documents, grant audits, maps and photos for the funded projects. Legal, administrative and travel costs are paid by the nonprofit board and conservation partners; all donor funds go to the land conservation work selected.
Art to Acres (A2A) serves artists and art institutions interested in supporting internationally recognized permanent old-growth (or original-growth) land conservation projects. Locations are assessed for scale, intactness, below and above-ground carbon significance, biodiversity significance, post-declaration management, connectivity to other conserved areas for migration corridors and community request following a two year or greater due diligence period. The organization works with a series of national and international partners. Projects have an implementing team of two or more conservation non-profit partners per location -- with all projects led by local leadership and U.S. supporting partners led by G W C, the initiative's primary conservation partner. The organization's international conservation efforts include work in North America, Central America, and South America.
The majority of projects are indigenous reserves or national and regional designation projects. This is pro-active permanent forest conservation supporting indigenous communities declaring the permanent protected area (or governments supporting this depending on land tenure) or supporting National Park declaration -- both grant avenues fund the legal support, biodiversity surveys, land tenure surveys, mapping, signage, formal declaration and a management support endowment. This designation is at the request of the indigenous communities who live on the land. The minority of projects are land-purchase projects. This is at times necessary often for carbon, migration, connectivity and biodiversity reasons in countries where there is competition from animal agriculture, monoculture or timber harvest, wherein, the land is purchased at market cost for conservation and protected in concurrent mechanisms: privately held in local title by a land trust set up for the location, permanent national or regional declaration status, registration in National conserved places (or equivalent), easement held by a local conservation organization, and lastly, the carbon rights of the parcel are recalled and re-endowed to the location, as such the land cannot be sold without that mineral entity. These protection mechanisms, in addition to the land ownership, arrive at solid status.
Supported Projects: Completed
Belize: Maya Corridor Land Trust: 29,500 acres, Bolivia: Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Area: 2,429,061; Bolivia: Bajo Paraguá-Concepción Municipal Conservation Area: 381,452 acres; Peru: Yavari Tapiche Indigenous Reserve: 2,700,000 acres; Peru: Chuyapi Urusayhua Regional Conservation Area: 198,156 acres.
Supported Projects: In-Process
The following in-progress projects are listed in grant materials: Ecuador: Quilanga Municipal Protected Area: 24,710 acres; Ecuador: Espíndola Municipal Protected Area: 39,536 acres; Ecuador: Loja Municipal Reserves Area: 123,121 acres; Ecuador: Sevilla de Oro Municipal Reserve: 49,420 acres; Ecuador: Morona Santiago Province-Level Conservation Areas System: 617,750 acres; Canada: Northern Yukon Indigenous Protected Area: 2,000,000 acres; Colombia: Choco Cocomacia Community Conservation Area: 1,500,000 acres; Colombia: Manacacias National Park: 136,000 acres; Colombia: Serrania Reserve: 1,000,000 acres; Guatemala: Cerro Amay: 30,000 acres; Nicaragua: Awaltara Indigenous Conservation Area: 372,000 acres; Suriname: Southern Indigenous Reserves: 5,000,000 acres; United States: Burma Rim, Oregon: 90,397 acres; and United States: Mt. Diablo, Oregon: 118,794 acres.
Currently, funds are graciously matched at 200% from partnering organization -- 100% to conservation biology research and 100% to land conservation from Global Wildlife Conservation and the Sheth Sangreal Foundation. Organization costs are paid by the nonprofit's board of advisors.