The Disappearing
Frogs Project

Disappearing Frogs Project produces multi-sensory, multi-day events focusing on one simple message: Amphibians are critical to the health of our planet and ultimately to the health of humankind.

Why? Frogs and toads monitor the health of our planet. In the past 30 years more than 200 species of frogs have already gone extinct.

A source of inspiration for much of Terry Thirion’s work is the natural world and her commitment to honoring and protecting it. From 2014 to 2018, she organized the art/science education program, The Disappearing Frogs Project which calls attention to the global extinction of amphibians caused by climate change and loss of habitat. More than 300 artists contributed works. Educational events with art exhibitions were held in five cities. The program was also duplicated in Vancouver Canada where Terry was asked to consult. Currently it is the source of a similar program focused on insects, bats and other species iat the Black Mountain Center for the Arts n the mountains of Western North Carolina.

For information on how to organize a similar art education program in your community or school, contact Terry Thirion at

The Mission

To create an interactive art installations that bring awareness to the decline and or disappearance of frogs and other amphibians and inspire people to take personal action to protect our environment.

Close to 3000 species face the prospect of extinction during our lifetime – a much higher rate than expected. Many are already gone and since they are in an interrelated bio-system, their demise has a domino effect. These small, fragile creatures are very susceptible to changes in their environment and act as the proverbial canary in the coal mine for the rest of us.

Terry Thirion


Terry Thirion

Terry Thirion, artist and creator of Disappearing Frogs Project, originated the project in 2013 to bring attention to the catastrophe of global species extinction.

Art has the unique power to communicate truths and inspire people to action,” she wrote. As a nonprofit organization, the Disappearing Frogs Project inspires artists to address this global decline and take personal action to protect our environment. Artists can be a bridge to promote public awareness.

Disappearing Frogs Project brings synergy between artists and scientists to the public.

Since its inception, with events and installations in North and South Carolina in galleries, art centers, museums, state university, state parks, books and theaters, hundreds of artists have created and contributed original art to the project. Scientists have delivered facts on extinction and updates on research. Thousands of art patrons, students and educators have participated.

Below is a synopsis of the project, why it’s important to be involved, and some of the local partners who have supported Disappearing Frogs Project. The information on this page offers news and archives of the events from 2013 through 2016. More event are planned for 2017.


    NC State University The Crafts Center, Raleigh, NC
    NC State University The Talley Student Union, Raleigh, NC
    NC State Parks
    Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, NC
    Raven Rock State Park, Lillington, NC
    Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
  • APRIL 1 – APRIL 29
    Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, NC
    North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC


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! In 2015, the project was invited by the York County Arts Council to produce the program in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Following that event, Terry Thirion was joined by Raleigh-based Pam Hopkins and together they produced the three-month long program in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2016.

The Projects


Charlotte, NC


Rockhill, SC

The 2016 Program

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.

Short, powerful video on the worldwide extinction of amphibians and the work of the Disappearing Frogs Project to inform people, using art and science.


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