ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
The future of our environment and indigenous perspectives rests in the hands of our children. As a father and educator, I believe our students need unique hands on experiences to care about our planet and look up to people that protect it. I can think on no better way to connect children to the natural world than bringing the Amazon Rainforest Home through the arts and science education.
About Jon Cox
Jon Cox is president of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER Foundation) and an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Delaware. He also serves as a Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania, is a National Geographic Explorer and Full Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Cox has directed over twenty photographic study abroad programs across the globe including destinations to Antarctica, South East Asia, Tanzania, Australia, Tasmania, Argentina and Peru. He was a pioneer in the field of digital photography, served as the adventure photographer/writer for Digital Camera Magazine and authored two Amphoto digital photography books. Cox is a co-recipient of a National Geographic – Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support his current collaborative cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’Eja hunter-gatherers living in the Amazonia basin of Peru. A traveling exhibition to accompany this project titled The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread is currently on tour across the US. Cox also worked on a six-year collaborative documentary book project with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires and an accompanying exhibition titled Hada: Roots of Equality.
He is currently working with the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware on a cultural mapping and land restoration project.