Ep.10: on Arts for Conservation with Anina Rubio and Cynthia Bauzon-Arre

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

This episode was brought to you by Forest Foundation Philippines, a non-profit that supports projects that encourage people to protect our forests. It was produced by MUNI, hosted and written by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre, edited by, with music by Diego Mapa and branding by Serious Studio. You can find the MUNI on This Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or listen directly below.

About this episode

How can art bring us closer to nature, help us find psychological well-being, and give us an outlet to express the causes we believe in?

In this episode, we speak with two women artists who both found refuge and flow in creating art inspired by our natural environment, and then used their work to spread the love for nature and the need to protect it. 

Anina Rubio is a visual artist and muralist endeavors to create art that doesn't harm nature and creates less waste, insofar as the medium allows for it; while watercolor artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre paints to give our own Philippines native trees, fruits and flowers the appreciation they deserve. Co-hosts Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre also have their own personal realizations on the need to create for one's self, and how this helps enable us to show up for others and better speak out for the planet.

In listening to this episode, consider asking yourself the questions below or discussing them with a friend:

  1. What creative inclinations have I been suppressing / sabotaging? How can I better show up for my creativity?

  2. How has art helped improve my well-being?

  3. What art can I create for my own self? And how might this help me better show up for others?

  4. What causes have been speaking out to me lately?

  5. How can I use my form of self-expression (be it painting, drawing, writing, photography, film, craft-making, gardening, etc.) to advocate for love for nature and protection of our environment?

  6. What messages would I like to convey to the world?

Learn more about Arts for Conservation, Anina and Cynthia in the links below.

People / organizations / initiatives mentioned




  • This Self-Taught Pinay Artist Explored 5 Jobs in 7 Years to Find Her Calling | via

  • Forget cherry blossoms. Stop and draw our own flowering trees | via

  • Apply for a grant for your passion project for the forest | via

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We started MUNI on This to deal with our personal and collective distress about the state of our planet, but more importantly, we created this to give ourselves and you guys more reasons to hope and more motivation to act. In the show, we talk about the challenges and possibilities in creating a more mindful and livable world. It was created by MUNI, a purpose-driven company that creates conversations and builds community through online content and offline events on mindful, sustainable living.

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