Manacacias National Park, Colombia, 133,000 acres.                  Established September 2022.           

Conservation partners: the Wyss Foundation, Re:wild, Nature Conservancy Colombia, ESRI and the Colombia National Parks Department.

Welcome 


Art to Acres (DBA Art into Acres) is an artist-founded, non-profit environmental initiative. Founded in 2017, with an initial donation by Life Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art Agnes Gund, the non-profit supports large-scale land conservation with a focus on climate, Indigenous peoples and beta-diversity. The initiative is stewarding the new, permanent conservation of 30.2 million acres of tropical and boreal forests with support by artists, galleries and institutions, in colloaboration with matching funds partners. The protection type includes 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 work of Art to Acres includes project selection, due diligence reviews, funding, matching funds arrangements, quarterly meeting with partners, protected area declaration audits and donor education. Supporters receive the documents, grant audits, maps and photos for the funded projects to further their education and thinking. Legal, administrative and travel costs are funded by the nonprofit advisory board and conservation partners; all donations are restricted to land conservation.

Art to Acres 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 Re:wild; 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 engaged 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 pending conversion animal agriculture, monoculture or timber harvest use, 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 land ownership, arrive at solid conservation status.

Conservation Ethos

Land conservation is a zen act. When it is done right, it is as though you were never there -- nothing changes on the ground, everything remains as it was. There is always a wabi sabi moment to a project, and this is how we learn and improve our craft. Listening, care and humility are integrated into the process of engaging a diverse array of voices and supporting communities in conserving the lands on which they have historically lived. We support locally-led, locally-directed and locally-requested conservation. Land conservation best practices and approaches look different in each country, in each language and legal support system. Beyond the funding, diligence, legal and practical needs, we support local communities in discourse and in co-creating pathways to solutions. No two conservation projects are the same and all benefit from introspection, patience, inclusivity and dialogue.

Completed Projects

Belize: Maya Corridor Land Trust: 12,082 hectares, 29,856 acres
Bolivia: Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Area: 983,006 hectares, 2,429,061 acres
Bolivia: Bajo Paraguá-Concepción Municipal Conservation Area: 154,368 hectares, 381,452 acres
Peru: Yavari Tapiche Indigenous Reserve: 1,092,651 hectares, 2,700,000 acres
Colombia: Manacacias National Park: 55,037 hectares, 136,000 acres
Peru: Chuyapi Urusayhua Regional Conservation Area: 80,191 hectares, 198,156 acres
Ecuador: Quilanga Municipal Conservation Area: 10,632 hectares, 26,273 acres
Ecuador: Espíndola Municipal Protected Area: 16,538 hectares, 40,866 acres
Australia: Richardson National Park: 131,900 hectares, 325,932 acres
Australia: The Lakes National Park: 35,300 hectares, 87,228 acres
Australia: Brindingabba National Park: 40,469 hectares, 100,000 acres
United States: Burma Rim, Oregon: 36,582 hectares, 90,397 acres
United States: Mt. Diablo, Oregon: 48,074 hectares, 118,794 acres
United States: Pueblos Mountains and Trout Creek Wilderness, Oregon: 124,238 hectares, 307,000 acres

In-Process Projects

Ecuador: Loja Municipal Reserves Area: 49,825 hectares, 123,121 acres
Ecuador: Morona Santiago Province-Level Conservation Areas System: 249,995 hectares, 617,750 acres
Canada: Northern Yukon Indigenous Protected Area: 809,371 hectares, 2,000,000 acres
Colombia: Choco Cocomacia Community Conservation Area: 607,028 hectares, 1,500,000 acres
Colombia: Serrania Reserve: 404,686 hectares, 1,000,000 acres
Colombia: Cabí-Ichó Corridor Regional Protected Area: 16,038 hectares, 39,630 acres
Guatemala: Cerro Amay: 16,187 hectares, 40,000 acres
Nicaragua: Awaltara Indigenous Conservation Area: 150,543 hectares, 372,000 acres
Suriname: Southern Indigenous Reserves: 7,284,342 hectares, 18,000,000 acres
Colombia: Cerro del Duende Regional Protected Area: 90,650 hectares, 224,000 acres 
Ecuador: Sevilla de Oro Municipal Reserve: 16,538 hectares, 49,420 acres 
Bolivia: Suapi Municipal Protected Area: 2,782 hectares, 6,875 acres
Bolivia: Ilampu Municipal Protected Area: 1,715 hectares, 4,238 acres

Conservation Biology Partners

Global Wildlife Conservation
Re:wild
Fundaeco
Rainforest Trust
Andes Amazon Fund
Environmental Research Institute, University of Belize
Cloud Forest Conservation Imaging
The Nature Conservancy
Nature and Culture International
Amazon Conservation Association
Green Growth Suriname
Wildlife Conservation Society
Conservation International
Rewilding Chile
The Wyss Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust

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Artist Partners

The initiative has supported conservation through the donations of artwork by key international cultural producers: Chloe Wise, Ahmet Civelek, Zaria Forman, David Adamo, Rosemary Laing, Nathlie Provosty, Alain Richard, Shirazeh Houshiary, Darren Bader, Alex Hubbard, Joe Andoe, Isabella Kirkland, Tiffany Bozic, Loie Hollowell, Keltie Ferris, Camille Henrot, Rashid Johnson, George Condo, Ed Ruscha donated by Agnes Gund, Anicka Yi, Max Hooper Schneider, The Haas Brothers, Anish Kapoor, Idris Khan, Olivier Mosset, Ben Thorp Brown, David Altmejd, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Jaeger, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Wyatt Kahn, Louis Eisner, Jacob Kassay, Robert Longo, Mungo Thomson, Cheyney Thompson, Sterling Ruby, The Haas Brothers, Korakrit Arunanondchai, G.T. Pellizi, Leelee Kimmel, Jonas Wood, Ann Craven, Emily Mae Smith, Jenny Holzer, Jackson Pollock donated by Justus Striebich, Dana Schutz, Rashid Johnson, Shawn Demarest, Julian Charrière and Carol Bove.

Museum, Gallery and Institutional Partners

The non-profit has supported conservation in collaboration with the following individuals, galleries, institutions and museums: Alex Berggruen Gallery, Casey Kaplan Gallery, Charles Moffett Gallery, Château Shatto Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery, Frank Elbaz Gallery, Grimm Gallery, Hannah Hoffman, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Heroes Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Kate MacGarry Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Parker Gallery, PPOW Gallery, De Young Museum, German Environmental Authority, Guggenheim New York, Hamburger Kunsthalle Museum, Henry Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Bonn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Museum of Modern Art PS1, San Jose Museum of Art, ARTA Shipping, ArtForum Magazine, Barder.art, California College of Art, K21 Collection by Kanon, Sandy Heller Advisory, Sutton Communications, Striebich Collection, Zlot Buell Advisory, Alison Valentine Studio, Andrew Kachel, Davide Balula Studio, In honor of Don Carr, In honor of Donald Moffett, In honor of Elaine T. Ault, Erin M. Riley Studio, In honor of Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Jonah Jacobs Studio, Kai Patricio, Kara J. Shaw, Maddie Rose Hills, N. Dash Studio, In honor of Dr. Nelson Bingham, Nicholas Cinque, Robin Williams Studio, Zaria Forman Studio, Tate Modern Museum, Tate London Museum.

Philanthropic Partnerships with Private Foundations

Partnerships with private foundations for matching funds is core to our capacity to engage the cultural community in conservation. All artwork donations are restricted to matching funds agreements.

The non-profit overhead and operating costs are paid for by the nonprofit's board of advisors. As a part of the organization's commitment to the sustainability of the cultural sector.

Art into Acres fiscally sponsors Art + Climate Action, Artists CommitBarder.art, and the Gallery Climate Coalition.

Strategic Climate Funds

Strategic Climate Funds can be contributed through our partnership with Galleries Commit, on this website's Strategic Climate Funds page or by conserving land at Conserve, which is a beta project of Art into Acres. For a white paper on Strategic Climate Funds as an approach in place of carbon offsets, please read here.