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Actions for the Earth Reference Library

Jun 2–Sep 3, 2023

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Actions for the Earth Reference Library

Jun 2–Sep 3, 2023

In supplement to Actions for the Earth: Art Care & Ecology, Sharmila Wood and Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray have selected readings for all ages with shared themes to the works you will experience in the exhibition: restoration with and for the environment, healing practices, stewardship, and more.

The library is a strategy for generating and sharing knowledge. You will also find resources connected to our local San Antonio community, inspiring you to take action at home. These collections are an introduction and starting point, not an authority or fixed position. We welcome your contributions of readings and resources to plant more seeds and grow this resource.

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Books In Our Gallery Reference Library

Actions Podcast


  • Curanderismo: Mexican American Folk Healing by Robert T. Trotter
  • Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture: An Exploration of the Borderland Between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry by Arthur Kleinman

Native Plants

  • Southwest Foraging Handbook by Stephen Fleming
  • Low-Water Garden: How To Beat The Drought And Grow a Thriving Garden Using Low-Water Techniques by Emma Andrews

Material, Craft, Process

Local History, Landmarks, Events

  • Spanish Acequias of San Antonio
  • West Side Rising How San Antonio’s 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement
  • The Land of Opportunity by Jason Reed

For Kids

  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • Plastic: Past, Present and Future, Eun-ju Kim
  • The Keeper of Wild Words
  • Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
  • How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other
  • What is that Alligator Saying
  • One Small Square:Backyard
  • Animals in Winter
  • How Seeds Grow
  • The Listening Walk
  • The Talking Earth

Theory and Philosophy

  • A World of Many Worlds, Marisol de la Cadena, Mario Blaser
  • How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, by Eduardo Kohn
  • Staying Alive, Women, Ecology and Development, Vandana Shiva
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science by Gemma Anderson
  • Regeneration- Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation
  • Pluriversal Politics: The Real and the Possible
  • Where is Ana Mendieta by Jane Blocker
  • Land and Environmental Art
  • Fluxus Experience


  • Stories of trees, woods, and the forest

Online Resources