The World Wildlife Fund, an internationally-recognized conversation organization, announced its Monarch Heroes campaign in the Summer of 2017. We are pleased to share that 2014 Regional Artist Fellow Kevin Pourier (Lakota) was selected to be a “Voice for the Monarch” in this national campaign for prairie restoration for the Monarch Butterfly.
World Wildlife Fund staff recently visited Kevin’s studio in South Dakota to discuss his artwork, and how he connects to the monarch butterfly through his art and heritage. WWF’s Northern Great Plains communications lead and wildlife photographer Clay Bolt, photographed Kevin at work – alongside several monarchs that are thriving on the milkweed that grows around his studio.
Kevin shared this with us: “We, Valerie Morgan and I, are very excited to have our creations be able to make a difference in the world for a species to survive. To make a DIFFERENCE with art! It’s always been our dream to use art to bring about AWARENESS. We’ve worked hard on educating people about the struggle the Monarch has come across in this modern day world. Now, we’ll have even a larger voice!”