WHY WE NEED ART ACTIVISM

What the Warming World Needs Now Is Art, Sweet Art. Where are the books? The plays? The goddamn operas?”Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, 2005

Although most people know about climate change, thus far few are feeling the impending consequences in ways that lead them to demand the major transformation needed to protect future generations. An intellectual understanding of the scientific facts is not enough. To motivate people to act, we need to engage the other side of our brains imagining the future and how we might save it. Artists of all kinds can help us do just that.

Young Spoken-Word Poets Take On Climate Change

EcoWatch—JULY 18, 2019 Across the world, tens of thousands of young people are taking to the streets to protest climate inaction. At the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem in May 2019, NYC high school students took to the stage to share their feelings about a rapidly warming planet in rhythm and rhyme as part of the New York City Climate Museum’s Climate Speaks, spoken-word poetry performance.  READ & WATCH MORE

Climate Acts Scripting Workshop, March 2019, Santa Cruz, CA

Climate Acts—JULY 17, 2019 The goal of the Workshop and initial performances is to create momentum for large Climate Acts “Flash Street Carnivals” in 2020 and 2021, involving multiple performers/acts: students, professionals, and interested public. LEARN MORE

“Wind Tower as Photo Gallery” by Joan Sullivan, a Canadian renewable energy photographer. Since 2009, Joan has found her artistic voice on the construction sites of utility-scale wind and solar projects. Her goal is to keep our eyes on the prize – a 100% clean energy economy in our lifetimes. 

Artists & Climate Change is Building Earth Connections Through Art

Today, interesting artistic work about climate change is popping up all over the world, in all kinds of venues. The Artists & Climate Change blog gathers these works as a study of what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. We deeply believe that what artists have to say about climate change will shape our values and behavior for years to come. READ MORE

The first museum in the U.S. dedicated to climate change.

The Climate Museum in New York is catalyzing a cultural transformation around climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation and building community around solutions. Transcending traditional disciplinary and societal boundaries, the Museum brings people together to learn about the problem, grieve what has been lost, actively engage with solutions, and join the fight for a brighter future. VISIT WEBSITE

Miranda Massie (USA) Director, Climate Museum, New York,  A Museum for the Path Ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 KEYNOTE—Miranda Massie: A Museum for the Path Ahead

We need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis. Massie describes the public’s response to the New York City Climate Museum’s first year of public programming asking: 

  • How to recognize the transformative power of art without instrumentalising it?
  • How to celebrate individual creativity while pulling toward the collective?
  • How to mobilize a culturally conservative form—the museum—for the radical change we need?

Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth—Zaria Forman

TEDTalk—JUNE 17, 2016 Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the meditative process of artistic creation and the motivation behind her work. “My drawings celebrate the beauty of what we all stand to lose,” she says. “I hope they can serve as records of sublime landscapes in flux.”

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