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From 2006 until 2020, The Canary Project produced art and media the deepened public understanding of ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources. Canary produced more than 20 projects involving hundreds of artists, designers, scientists, writers and volunteers. In 2015, we launched The Canary Lab at Syracuse University.

We believe, and continue to believe, that cultural production is a crucial building block in social movements. Art opens a space for belief.  And belief makes a space for change.

Beginning in 2020, we decided that a change of metaphor was needed. It is no longer about warning (the canary in a coal mine). It is about doing. We need tools for a livable future. This is why we launched Toolshed. Visit us there to follow our ongoing work.

The Canary Lab at Syracuse University continues and the work of The Canary Project will live on as an archive at The Center for Art & Ecology at The Nevada Museum of Art and on this website.


The Canary Project was created by artist duo Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris)

Sayler/Morris use diverse media and participatory projects to investigate and contribute to the development of ecological consciousness. Their work has been exhibited in diverse venues internationally, including: MASS MoCA, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Walker Art Center, The Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL), etc.  Sayler Morris have been Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows and Artist Fellows at The Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment. In 2008-2009 Sayler and Morris were Loeb Fellows at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2016, they were awarded the 8th Annual David Brower Art/Act Award. They currently teach in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University, where they co-direct The Canary Lab.