Upcoming Events

Download a copy of the latest Calendar of Events for the Disappearing Frogs Project HERE.

Meet-and-Greet with DFP founder Terry Thirion
Museum of Life and Science
Apr 30, 2016
Durham, NC

Art Exhibition
Museum of Life and Science
March 8 – May 1, 2016
Durham, NC

Visual Art Exchange  hosts our partner
the Other Toy Story
April 1 – April 28, 2016
Raleigh, NC

Children’s Art Exhibition
Marbles Kids Museum
April 1 – 28, 2016
Raleigh, NC

HOPPIN ALONG
Kidzu Children’s Museum
April 5-24, Chapel Hill, NC

Amphibian Awareness Day
North Carolina Zoo
April 23, 2016
Asheboro, NC

The Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) was created In 2013 by Charlotte NC-based artist Terry Thirion. The concept is to bring synergy between artists and scientists to the public, communicating the unprecedented global amphibian decline and potential effects of species extinction. Awareness in the community is being raised; hearts of the public are being touched; and the Disappearing Frogs Project is inspiring people to get involved and to take personal action.

In February 2014, The “Disappearing Frogs Project” came to life with a thirty-day multimedia art installation at the Charlotte Art League in Charlotte, NC. More than a hundred artists responded in support of Terry’s call, contributing over 200 original paintings, sculptures and photos. The month-long event included a 25’ wall of unique frog art, another 100+ pieces of children’s art, scientific discussions led by environmental experts from around the country, and an original puppet show starring a cast of frogs artfully raising environmental issues. It was an instant success!

The Disappearing Frogs Project continues to gain both momentum and support. In 2015 the Disappearing Frogs Project partnered with Amphibian Survival Alliance—the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation—to raise awareness of global amphibian declines, inspire people to take personal action to protect these incredible species, while also providing a unique opportunity for artists to support amphibian conservation, education and research. Visit us at online casino

“Art has unique powers to communicate truths and inspire people to action.” ~ Terry Thirion
Press Resources
March 2016 – NC regional artists join artists from around the country and Canada to illuminate important environmental issues

March 2016 – Art and Science converge at the Museum of Life and Science, March 17

January 2016 – Disappearing Frogs Project Leaps Into Action in the Triangle and Sandhills in 2016 Art and Science

Frogging – A gelatin monotype print with colored pencil added by Charlotte artist Alix Hitchcock.  “The frog is equal in size to the human to represent the symbolic importance of frogs to the health of the environment that humans are dependent on. Both the frog and the human are making gestures as if to communicate with each other.” DOWNLOAD

Co-Existence: Man and Frog – 2015 mono print by Terry Thirion, DFP founder and artist director. “Our lives are permanently altered each time a species becomes extinct; we can co-exist if we have the will to do so.” DOWNLOAD

Frog Dream – Photograph by Charlotte artist Cordelia Williams. “If we do not listen to the singing of the frogs…Who will notice they have gone?” DOWNLOAD

Fire and Ice: Adapting to Extremes – Edited photos of original pen & ink art by South Carolina artist Gary Williams. “The title references a poem of the same name by Robert Frost; it also evokes the extremes of temperatures caused by climate change.” DOWNLOAD

FROGS: Environmental Indicators – a ceramic vessel by Asheville artist Jennifer Kincaid. Research reveals frogs are an important environmental indicator for changes that affect all life forms. In some of the world’s most pristine places an astounding and unexplainable amount of deformities are occurring in frogs. This urn is etched with malformed frogs…giving pause for cause.” DOWNLOAD

The Pine Barrens Treefrog, – considered by many to be the most beautiful frog in the United States, became North Carolina’s Official State Frog in 2013. The Pine Barrens Treefrog is an inhabitant of longleaf pine forests in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain regions of North Carolina. Once the dominant ecosystem throughout the eastern half of the state, the longleaf pine forest has suffered severe habitat destruction and degradation across its entire range. The lives of Pine Barrens Treefrog are intimately entwined with the longleaf pine and, like the tree, the species has seen significant declines in its population and is listed as a threatened species in North Carolina. (Photograph Copyright Todd Pusser). DOWNLOAD

Community Supporters
Contact Us

Terry Thirion – Founder, Artistic Director and Curator –tthirion@disappearingfrogsproject.org

Pam Hopkins – Regional Director of Communications –phopkins@disappearingfrogsproject.org

You can also find us Facebook and Instagram.

We invite professional and emerging artists and art students, who are passionate about art and environmental issues to create art that celebrates amphibians and their environments for upcoming Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibitions.

Our Sponsors

How We’ve Made A Difference

The Disappearing Frogs Project is proud to have supported the Amphibian Survival Alliance Seed Grant Program. Seed grants are often vital funding sources designed to kick start projects and encourage innovative approaches to addressing conservation issues. Here are two of the latest projects which your donations have helped make a reality!

In The Press
About Terry Thirion

Terry Thirion lives in Charlotte, NC. She grew up in Belgium among farmlands and spent a lot of time at building worksites since her father was a master stone carver. She was exposed to sculpting and gothic art from an early age. Some of that influence is reflected in her shapes and forms. She produces her work in her studio in Charlotte or creates works on the edge of the Laurel River in Hot Springs, NC. She studied and graduated from the Parmentier School of Design in Brussels Belgium. She attended the Arts Academie in Leuven Belgium and Broward Community College in S. Florida. Learn more by visiting www.terrythirion.com.

“Terry Thirion’s art is most compelling and her vision to educate the community on amphibians is inspiring,” ~ Chuck Millsaps, Minister of Culture, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Raleigh, NC
“I’m pleased to support the DFP with its emphasis on threatened, global amphibian populations through the medium of the arts. This unique synergy is already producing positive results!” ~ JK Miller, Beaufort, NC
Frequently Asked Questions
Amphibians are the most threatened group of animals in the world according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Amphibians are being negatively impacted by habitat loss, disease, over-exploitation and a number of other factors. Being so sensitive to environmental change means that amphibians are often some of the first animals to decline as our environment becomes degraded. So when amphibians are being lost we should be concerned because it means our environment is also degrading.
Fortunately there is a lot that can be done to save amphibians around the world, and a lot is already being done. The ASA has helped bring together over 100 organizations from around the world to implement action that will help save amphibians. We are working with policy makers to help develop global strategies to protect amphibians, we are helping local community groups establish protected areas for their local environment and amphibians, and collaborating with world class scientist to help cure different amphibian diseases. You can learn more about our work here.
  1. Practice amphibian-friendly gardening techniques and never use chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden.
  2. Become a citizen scientist and collect the data necessary to properly inform amphibian conservation decisions.
  3. Educate yourself on the issues, threats, efforts underway to protect amphibians and other opportunities for you to make a difference.
The Amphibian Survival Alliance is the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation with over 100 organizations joining forces to make a difference for amphibians. We work through a global partnership model to bring new and innovative approaches to dealing with the amphibian extinction crisis. To find out more about the ASA please click here. The Alliance operates under a specific governance structure and is lead by a Global Council consisting of partner organizations. Through a Fiscal Sponsorship partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation, an Alliance partner, the ASA is able to accept donations as a 501c3 in the US.
The core strengths of the Disappearing Frogs Project and the Amphibian Survival Alliance offers unique synergies that not only help to increase the public’s awareness of the plight of amphibians, but most importantly to highlight the opportunities that exist for the public to help conserve amphibians and make a difference on the ground.
Yes, as a project of a fiscal sponsor we are a nonprofit and have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The Alliance abides by strict federal regulations governing nonprofits, such as limits on lobbying and political activities, as well as our fiscal sponsors policies and procedures. The fiscal sponsors Board of Directors is responsible for all legal, taxation, and regulatory issues for the Alliance. The Alliance however has a leadership structure that is designated as caretakers of our mission, responsible for strategic planning, program oversight, fundraising, outreach, and assistance to and review of the Alliance Executive Director. If you would like to learn more about the Alliance governance please contact us.
As a new Alliance we want to focus our efforts on developing projects and having a positive impact on amphibians around the world as quickly as possible. Establishing an independent 501(c)(3) is expensive with some estimates stating that the process can cost upwards of USD$100,000. Fiscal sponsorship is an efficient, economic way to reduce the cost of running an organization and still maintain the integrity of the organization’s purpose. By establishing a fiscally sponsored project the Alliance is able to receive charitable status as well as financial administration, human resources management, governance, compliance, and risk management thereby avoiding using our project resources on administration and overhead.

Within the US the Alliance is an integral part of our comprehensive fiscal sponsors organization and not a separate legal entity. As such we are able to receive charitable donations and grants available only to tax-exempt organizations. The comprehensive fiscal sponsor is legally and financially responsible for all of our projects and activities. Outside of the US the Alliance is developing additional partnership to help further our work. If you would like to know more about these partnerships please feel free to contact the Alliance.

Yes, donations made in the US are tax-exempt. The Amphibian Survival Alliance is a Fiscally Sponsored Program of Global Wildlife Conservation a registered 501(c)(3). Tax ID #26-2887967.
The term 501(c) refers to a subsection of the United States Internal Revenue Code that lists the types of nonprofit organizations exempt from certain federal taxes. Section 501(c)(3) is one of the tax law provisions granting exemption from the federal income tax to nonprofit organizations that exist for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, among others. See the IRS’s website for more information on the designation of charitable organizations.
Donations made to the ASA in the United States are provided to our fiscal sponsor. Using a fiscal sponsor satisfies IRS requirements as long as the fiscal sponsor maintains the right to decide, at its own discretion, how it will use the contribution, and in fact uses it consistently with its own tax-exempt status. Whenever funds are received by our fiscal sponsor we coordinate with them to ensure that the funds are spent in a way that meets both the needs of the donor and are in accordance with the fiscal sponsors mission. This means that every dollar donated is clearly tracked and approved to ensure that it goes to where it is most needed. If you have further questions about how ASA funds are used please feel free to contact us or view our project portfolio to see the projects the Alliance is supporting.
All donations made to the Disappearing Frogs Project are directed straight back into efforts to help amphibians. As a rule we like to seek sponsorship for the hosting of DFP events. Once these costs are covered then 100% of donations received go straight to support amphibian conservation, research and education efforts around the world. Depending on the amount of donations collected during an event, we may provide support in the form of a seed grant to help move forward innovative and challenging approaches to amphibian conservation or support larger initiatives such as broad scale habitat protection and the creation of protected areas for amphibians. If you want to learn more about the impact of donations to the DFP and the Alliance please click here.
Donations to the Disappearing Frogs Project can be made HERE.