"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE ART VENTURES AROUND THE GLOBE
FEATURED ARTIST WEBSITES-
MAYA LYN: WHAT IS MISSING?
What is Missing? Artist and Architect Maya Lin has created this website documenting the sixth mass extinction in the planet's history, and the only one to be caused by the actions of a single species-humans. Showcasing innovative artworks, organizations that are working on the issues, and what you can do.
ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHITI Environmental Graphiti®by artist Alisa Singer, uses art to dramatize the critical science of climate change. Divided into five galleries featuring digital paintings, each derived from a chart graph, map, word or number relating to key facts or data about climate change. The galleries are Why,How,Who,What, When and include key data and images inspired by them.
JUST A FEW OF THE MANY ARTISTS WORKING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL THEMES
Wendy Adams is founder of Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change. Her works are “public art with a purpose.” The idea was to put sculptures on the sidewalk, each depicting a solution to global warming, forcing people to confront the issue, but in a non-threatening manner.
Maureen Burns-Bowie The ceramicist creates organic expressions of lifecycles as metaphors for growth and transformation expressing a sense of the preciousness of life, our one-ness with nature and each other.
Diane Burko focuses on monumental geological phenomena in her photographs, merging panoramic, intimate, and provocative imagery. She has investigated locations on the ground and in the air using open-door helicopters, planes, cameras, and sketchpads.
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto are artist/researchers with over twenty years experience of working across art and science to enable creative discourse about ideas, that shape perception and experience of our changing environment. The work focused upon forests, rivers and cities.
Xavier Cortada created a public art piece as the heart of an eco-art project, and gave away wildflowers and ceramic wildflower sculptures to the first 200 families who agreed to plant the flowers in their yards and install the ceramic sculptures outside their homes, thereby joining the Flower Force. Through this process, a community-wide public art installation of wildflower sculptures and gardens radiated from the central flower sphere and extended to the rest of the Village. By activating the sculpture with community members, discussions were generated about saving pollinators, conserving water, decreasing the use of pesticides, and protecting ecosystems across Miami.
Jason deCaires Taylor, An Underwater Museum, For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse — it's an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration.
Agnes Denes is one of the grandmothers of the early environmental art movement and Conceptual art. Her most well-known project is probably the 1982 piece “Wheatfield — A Confrontation,” in which she planted a field of golden wheat on two acres of a landfill near Wall Street and the World Trade Center in Manhattan. She weeded, irrigated and cultivated the mini oasis, bringing the essence of rural America into the throngs of America’s urban epicenter. The harvest of the artwork yielded 1,000 pounds of wheat, which was then brought on a tour of 28 cities worldwide as part of the "The International Art Show for the End of World Hunger" and eventually symbolically planted around the globe.
Olafur Eliasson, Danish artist who employs elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.
Ron Finley, Gardening artist in South Central L.A.
Taylor Griffith is working with AltaSea to bring community engagement, focus and care to ecological health and more sustainable futures. Taylor leads a series of panels called Intertidal Encounters that bring together artists and scientists whose work focuses on the ocean, with an emphasis on southern California's coastline. He is also hosting a series of beach clean-ups where participants can create artistic works from their findings and learn about the health of their natural surroundings.
Andy Goldsworthy is one of the environmental art movement’s most prominent figures at the moment.
Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison have been among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.
Adriene Jenik has, since 2017, been offering free “climate future readings” in public settings utilizing her customized deck of ECOtarot cards. The ECOtarot deck revises tarot archetypes to reflect contemporary actors, values, and symbols from the climate drama. Interpretations pull from current climate science, ecological values, and the work of environmental justice heroines. The project engages the complex human emotions surrounding climate change—in the interest of moving beyond hopelessness, fear, and denial toward communal action and a just transition.
Patricia Johanson's recent project was initiated by an NEA competition for a safe highway crossing, The Draw at Sugar House expanded into the first flood-control system designed as art. Floodwater pools in the bowl of a “Sego Lily,” flows under an eight-lane highway, down “Echo Canyon,” floodwalls and spillway for the dam, and into a creek. In dry weather, it serves as a public park, amphitheater, seating, climbing walls with native plants and animals, connecting trails, and a wildlife corridor.
Chris Jordan: A trailer for "Midway" an upcoming, heartbreaking documentary the is both "elegy and warning, Midway explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity". It will give you pause to consider every bit of plastic you ever use again.
Jill Pelto incorporates climate data into images of the natural world. An artist and a scientist, her love of nature and wilderness drives her to use creativity. photographs and watercolors to communicate information about extreme environmental issues with a broad audience.
David Maisel: Aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites (like open-pit minds) that explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor.
Eve Mosher and Heidi Quante work to help us visualize climate change in High Water Line which is now made up of diverse people from around the world who are adapting the original HighWaterLine conceived by Eve to their local cultures and communities.
Linda Moskalyk paints works for the preservation of our forests, and the rights of nature and the health of our earth.
Beth Racette's paintings explore the earth as a living system. She has created the Gaia Series which are inspired by her scientific learning. They represent an intuitive and impressionistic integration of her exploration. She asks "How do we evolve an awareness of our profound interconnectedness — an awareness powerful enough to inspire us to make the necessary changes to heal and protect our Earth?"
Aviva Rahmani is an eco-feminist artist known for occupying natural spaces to protest political situations that affect the environment. She calls her practice, “performing ecology. She began her career as a performance artist in the late sixties, and finished her PhD in 2015 with a dissertation entitled “Trigger Point Theory as Aesthetic Activism."
Hannah Rothstein created a series of posters that imagine What America's National Parks will look like by 2050 if we fail to act against climate change.
John Sabraw produces his own pigments in an eco conscious manner — bold yellows and reds that are sourced from the oxidized sludge of abandoned coal mines rtaher than using imported iron oxide from China to make his paint colors.
Fern Shaffer has performed her Nine-Year Rituals at sites around the United States and Canada from the desert of Death Valley to Green Point, Newfoundland. During these rituals, Shaffer communes with the space and uses movement to address everything from global warming to the disappearance of old-growth forests. From 1995-2003, the rituals focused on a unique concern each year, including the living conditions of planet life; the premature death of the planet due to global warming; the preservation of the disappearing old-growth forests; the plight within the oceans; and the preservation of wetlands, an endangered habitat, and an ecological system.
Jason de Caires Taylor: Silent Evolution. Underwater sculpture in Grenada, memorializing Africans who jumped or were forced overboard during the middle passage. Intended as a foundation for new coral reef growth.
Women's Environmental Artist Directory (WEAD). In 1996 Jo Hanson, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Estelle Akamine created WEAD in response to increasing requests for artist referrals and for designing ecoart exhibits and programs. They developed a programming tool that others could use to develop their own programs. A board of directors directs all WEAD publications and outreach programs. and the WEAD interactive website.
Mer Young – A descendant of Chichimeca and Apache Tribe (Ndé). She is an Indigenous published multidisciplinary artist who has created a body of artwork manifested in collages, drawings, paintings, and founder of Mausi Murals public artworks.
The Green Museum, helps people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. Contains toolboxes for educators and lists of artists currently working on eco-art. This contains a list of artists working on environmental issues.
Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress, written by Helicon Collaborative and commissioned by ArtPlace America, shares how place-based arts and culture interventions are helping to advance environmental sustainability in communities around the country. The investigation covered areas of energy, water, land, waste, toxic pollution, and climate resilience and adaptation. Across these areas, the research showed that arts and culture interventions can radically amplify and accelerate progress in five areas that environmental leaders say are essential for a future that is more sustainable—and more just.
The Creative Climate Justice Hub is a library of climate justice resources curated for the arts and culture community. by the arts activist organization Julie's Bicycle. Designed for those who want to understand the systemic causes of the climate crisis, how it intersects with issues of social, economic and environmental injustice and how arts and culture is responding creatively.
EXAMPLES OF OTHER ARTIST LED PROJECTS
Altered Environments/Tidalectics showcases a collaboration between artists and scientists studying bio-invasive species. Altered Environments features 23 international printmakers utilizing a diversity of styles and print techniques to speak to the many ecosystems currently threatened by marine bio-invaders. Tidalectics is an art-science project to create an oceanic worldview. The project included 10 international printmakers collaborating with marine biologists to create a print based on the research from the scientists. Artist Marilee Salvator will create a site-specific installation that examines the natural world through micro-biology while pushing the boundaries of printmaking.
Art of Change 21 Funded partially by Olafur Eliasson, this organization is the first initiative which links social entrepreneurship, digital art and youth at an international level.
The Art of Mass Gatherings is an experiential learning event that uses festivals as classrooms for an arts-focused approach to community resilience, and emergency preparedness. Four key pillars—Safety, Sustainability, Community Engagement, and Accessibility—when integrated, lead to successful mass gatherings and expert event preparedness. These comprise the core framework of the Art of Mass Gatherings. “Producing over 120 festivals over 12 years led to the realization that people who set up festivals are skilled at creating temporary cities with all of the necessary infrastructure such as water, waste, power, security, transportation, and structures,” explains Majestic Collaborations Co-Founder Matthew Ché Kowal.
Art & Remembrance is a non-profit, arts and educational organization that seeks to change people's hearts and minds by illuminating the experience of war, oppression, and injustice through the power and passion of personal narrative in art.
Artists At Work (AAW) is a workforce resilience program in the spirit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). designed to support healthy communities through artistic civic engagement Artists are paired with a participating cultural organization and paid a living wage salary to make art and be embedded in a local social impact initiative that will benefit from their skills and creative thinking. THE OFFICE performing arts + film has joined forces with ArtsBuild and the Lyndhurst Foundation to undertake an Artists At Work activation in the Thrive Region focused on climate resilience and comprised of 16 counties across northeast Alabama, northwest Georgia, and southeast Tennessee.
Artist Studio EcoGuide is a tool that offers pragmatic and meaningful solutions for the logistical operations and design of art spaces. This accessible resource, for all artists, across media, provides adoptable ideas for improving the eco-footprint of art making. The EcoGuide is a crowdsourced document that was created with the involvement of the craft community and artists, who have shared how they are making effective actions that impact the natural world. Craft in America’s hope is to expand the EcoGuide over time with additional input from artists, experts, designers, and the broader community.
The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations that uses media art and the research of artists to investigate the complicated, global, cultural, and ecological interrelations in the Arctic, and to develop concepts for constructing tactical communications systems and a mobile, eco-friendly research station, which will support interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborations.
Artists & Climate Change is a blog with the goal of tracking artistic work about climate change and gather them in one place.
Artists Project Earth aims to create a better world by bringing the power of music and the arts to 21st century challenges. We support effective projects and awareness raising initiatives to combat climate change, protect marine life, and raise funds for natural disaster relief.
Art Works For ChangeNon-profit partnering with educational and activist organizations to produce art exhibitions addressing social and environmental issues; operates under the fiscal umbrella of the Tides Center.
The Artwork Ingredients List is a partnership between artists, clients, and makers to produce carbon-neutral works of art and a commitment to sustainability in art manufacturing.
Balance of Water highlights artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse whose collaborative work raises awareness of the effects of climate change on our waterways. As this delicate ecosystem nears a tipping point, they explore ways to alleviate the warming of our waters and reveal the consequences of the rapidly changing climate with a sense of mindfulness and urgency. This series of monumental paintings tells the overarching story of the effects of global warming.
Barefoot Artists led by artist Lily Yeh, brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. Barefoot Artists develops projects in collaboration with individuals and/or agencies on the ground in identified communities.
The Black Earth Instituteencourages awareness of the arts as a means of promoting a progressive, inclusive spirituality and an environmentally aware society.
The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art is an internationally recognized research center that supports the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, built, and virtual environments.
City Repair City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place-making through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. City Repair began in Portland, Oregon with the idea that localization - of culture, of economy, of decision-making - is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.
CLIMARTE is an Australian organization bringing together a broad alliance of arts organizations, practitioners, administrators, patrons and academics from across the spectrum of the arts sector, including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, and cinema.
Climbing Poetree –Over the last 16 years this duo has harnessed creativity as the antidote to destruction through their award-winning spoken word, hip hop infused world music, multimedia theater, and popular education models.
Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change.
CoCreate: Climate Optimism (C2O) is trying to find out what would happen if we created safe spaces for people on the right and left to talk about how they identify with the climate crisis. This group seeks to shift the pandemic of paralytic inaction associated with the climate crisis into hopeful cultures of accountability through playful arts and social activities. Contact Aaron Colverson to learn more about this collaboration between members of the University of Florida and Gainesville communities.
Creative Carbon Scotland believe the arts and culture have an essential role to play in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future. They work to embed environmental sustainability within the arts and cultural sector in Scotland
Cultural Adaptations is an action-research project seeking to find creative, innovative, and place-based methods to adapt to climate change. It brought together the arts and culture sector in four European Cities with city planners and sustainability teams. Lead partner Creative Carbon Scotland commissioned an independent evaluation report, Cultural Adaptations Lessons Learned Evaluation.
Destiny Arts– Inspiring and Igniting Social Change through the Art in Oakland, California. A leading creative youth development organization that equally values mastery of movement arts, inclusive communities, and cultivating advocates for peace, while working to deliver programs that develop creative, powerful, and peaceful youth and communities, create a welcoming culture of inclusion and train expert, diverse teaching artists.
Displacement: Unscertain Journeys is a collaborative art project that supports the Platform on Disaster Displacement by cultivationg artistic responsed to the millions of people displaced each year around the world by disasters and the impact of climate change.
Ear to the Earth is is a worldwide network sponsored by The Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) based on the idea that environmental sound can connect us to the environment with a special vibrancy and emotional depth. Their goal is to heighten environmental awareness through sound, inspire engagement in environmental issues, and sustain engagement through ongoing activities.
Earth Celebrations offers creative programs in New York that address and effect change on issues such as: climate change, river restoration, water conservation, waste management, and the preservation of species, habitats, nature, gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment, while highlighting ecological sustainability. Their ecological and art programs include: theatrical pageants, exhibitions, performances, art & ecology/puppet & costume workshops, internships, artist residencies, and partnerships with schools, community centers, organizations, academic and cultural institutions, municipalities, neighborhood associations, parks, gardens, artists and local residents.
EcoArts Connections (EAC) has collaborated with Science On a Sphere (SOS) to co-commission the creation of HOLOSCENES / Little Boxes, a climate change-inspired short arts/science film by artist Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera and his creative team of Pablo N. Molina and NightLight Labs, with advisors from across the country; including climate scientists, educators, SOS docents, a film producer, and mobile home park youth. Housed in science centers, museums, and other facilities across the world, SOS is a 6 foot in diameter globe and visual display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data.
EcoArtSpace -New York- Since 2009, Tattoo Tan has developed a series of activities engaging his community on Staten Island and in greater New York City through sustainability activities that acknowledge the shortage of food on a global scale. S.O.S. stands for Sustainable Organic Stewardship. With this 36-page guide they are inviting educators, organizations and individuals to replicate what Tan did in New York anywhere in the world, to share his story and to create their own identity to help make the world a more sustainable place to live. In the guide are Tan's step-by-step process involved in developing and performing his S.O.S. projects. I AM WATER is an annual billboard exhibition curated by ecoartspace and Our Humanity Matters. This year’s exhibition included 11 billboards in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and another six billboards in Western Massachusetts. The selected artists are making work that addresses water quality, water scarcity, sea level rise, drought, flooding, and the channelization and damming of water. We ARE water and the billboards are meant to subvert consumer culture to create an ecoconsciousness.
Extreme Ice Survey – A program of Earth Vision Institute is an innovative, long-term photography program that integrates art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems.
Fashion Revolution was founded by CarrySomers and Orsola de Castro in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. They have become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilising citizens, brands and policymakers through research, education and advocacy. Their vision is for a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit. Among other actions they advocate for policy changes and influence governments to play a more active role in better enforcing laws and regulating the industry
Green Map. You can create a fresh perspective of home—a Green Map—and activate your community in support of climate health and well-being! Join people in 65 countries who have charted local nature, culture, social justice, and green living resources with Green Map Icons. Artists, changemakers, educators, and groups can use Green Map System’s open source mapping platform for free—it’s easy and designed to engage diverse voices in the process. Or make a printed Green Map, mural, video, or experience.
Halley’s Sky News: alienation, law & the environment re-uses part-completed tapestries from a disability service to articulate influences that become access points from which people can rethink relationships to the commons. Part of a series, this work traces the alienating effects of capitalism through core world events that includes and extends Hannah Arendt’s discussion on this theme. The tapestry is further connected to corresponding laws and actions that have determined relationships with the environment, both protective and destructive..
Hip Hop Caucus is an institution built by, and for people and communities of color, They are rooted firmly in the belief that racial justice and climate justice are interwoven. The Hip Hop Caucus has mobilized hundreds of thousands of young BIPOC voters across seven election cycles, and produced HOME (Heal Our Mother Earth) – the first climate album to move over 60,000 people to action in support of the Clean Power Plan in 2014, and led the first protest in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and continually partnered with local organizations for annual commemorations. In 2021, the community took over 2.1 million actions on climate justice with Think 100% including petition signatures, EPA comments, event participation, social media post engagement, and more. They also raised and distributed $100,000 in direct relief to families affected by Hurricane Ida across 12 parishes in Louisiana.
Human Nature is a London based art production company working for people and planet. Established in 2014 with a belief in the transformational power of art, we are founded on a strong set of environmental values. Human Nature connects artists with organizations and creates provocative environmental art in unusual places. We enable both organizations and artists to grow audiences, to convey stories and ideas about the natural world.
If Not Us Then Who? supports a global awareness campaign highlighting the role indigenous and local peoples play in protecting our planet. They work in partnership with communities to make films, take photographs, curate content, commission local artists and host events. Their work aims to build lasting networks, target unjust policies, and advocate for greater rights for indigenous and local peoples to bring about positive social change.
Imaging 2020 What role can art play in envisioning a sustainable future for our planet? Imagine 2020 (2.0) is a network of 10 EU based arts organizations, funded by Creative Europe, with a focus on raising awareness in the cultural field and in a broader civil society context around the issues of the socio-ecological crisis that we are currently facing. It funds artistic commissions, research and development and promotes the sharing of resources, ideas, knowledge and debate across the various topics under the umbrella of art and ecology.
Julie’s Bicycle is an international organization based in England and Wales that supports the global Creative Climate Movement, helping artists use their creativity to become climate activists. In addition to contributing to low-carbon creative programs, initiatives, campaigns, and communications, Julie’s Bicycle developed The Creative Industry Green Tools, a set of free online carbon calculators. These calculators allow creative productions to measure their environmental impact, such as energy use and waste.
Keepers of the Waters Founded by artist Betsy Damon, this project works to inspire and promote projects that combine art, science and community involvement to restore, preserve and re-mediate water sources. Keepers is at the vanguard of integrated approaches to a vast complexity of water issues through collaborative innovative design, community organizing, mentoring, educating, providing workshops, and functioning as a cross cultural resource.
Land Art Generator The goal of the Land Art Generator is to accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate—while providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world. Art has the proven ability to create movements and stimulate creative dialogue. The artist community has long taken a critical approach to the problems of energy use and production, which has helped to open the public eye to the severity of the problems facing us. The time is now for artists to go further and take an active role in solving the problem through their own work: "solution-based art practice". The Land Art Generator provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward human-centered solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.
Library of Creative Sustainability is a resource from environmental arts charity Creative Carbon Scotland, offering a database of inspiring case studies demonstrating the benefits of collaborating with artists to achieve environmental sustainability outcomes. It provides a practical resource to inform sustainability organizations and campaigns on how to work with ‘embedded artists’ over extended periods through examples of successful past projects. Each article includes detailed information on partners and stakeholders, sustainability outcomes and funding, as well as tips and links to further resources.
Living Climate Change is a virtual space, hosted by IDEO, that addresses the global issue of climate change by challenging artists and designers to think and share provocative ideas about the future.
Lynchpin – the Ocean Projectwas developed to encourage arts/ocean science conversations and collaborations that may help bring ocean stories to the wider community in new ways.
The Medea Project – Theater For Incarcerated Women: Rhodessa Jones’ company, using theater as a vehicle for social and personal transformation.
Office for Public Art’s multiyear Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative, in Pittsburg, has hosted three artists who collaborated with environmental health advocacy organizations to launch three public artworks that speak powerfully about environmental health issues critical to the Pittsburgh region. Ginger Brooks Takahashi’s Nine Mile Run Viewfinder created a portal into a fragile underground waterway; Mary Tremonte’s Dirt is Beautiful taught soil remediation through a hands-on, mobile education cart, and Aaron Henderson’s How Did This Happen? projected personal stories from an at-risk community fighting a battle against air pollution and fracking.
OurClimateVoices.org has a mission to humanize the climate disaster through storytelling, contribute to a shift in the climate change dialogue that puts the voices of those most impacted at the forefront of the conversation, and to connect people with ways to support the community-based climate solution-making work that frontline and vulnerable communities are already doing to combat climate impacts. They believe that storytelling is an underutilized and vital tool in the fight for climate justice. First-hand narratives connect with people on an emotional level and raise the issue of climate change in people's hearts and minds. Stories are more memorable than facts and figures. "Our team is fiercely committed to fighting for a world where food and water scarcity, drought, and other natural disasters are not exacerbated by climate change. We will use our stories to advocate for mitigation, and resilient and adaptive communities. Our weapon is our humanity coupled with our voices."
Preserving Our Place is a photography series created by local activists associated with two communities. The Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of Louisiana’s indigenous home is Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, located in Terrebonne Parish. It has been estimated that 98% of the landmass has been lost to saltwater intrusion and erosion. Shishmaref, Alaska, a native Iñupiaq Village, is also considered to be an extreme example of global warming on the planet. Both communities have acknowledged that relocation for the survival of not only their people, but also their culture, is tantamount.
Project North is a music, art, and sustainability festival sponsored by ArtStart in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The event captures the spirit of a community event with the vibe of a music festival and adds contemporary art experiences and a commitment to sustainable practices and education. With a goal of being a zero waste event, no single-use plastic is allowed and an eco village hosts a demo stage, sustainable vendors, and panel discussions on topics like water quality and fibersheds.
Rooted in The Land: Past, Present, and Future. offers land based art installations every two years at the Natural Path Sanctuary outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Area artists are invited to fill the woods with art using only materials that can safely decompose back into the ground! The work is on public view August-October. Artists are currently working for the 2023 events. Past participants can be seen HERE. Natural Path Sanctuary is a nature preserve encompasses 25 acres of woods and meadows that include a pond and rocky ridges. The nature preserve has been platted as a natural burial grounds which ensures the natural preservation of the land in perpetuity. It is a project of the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability which is dedicated to socially progressive change, community partnership, sustainability and ecological justice.
Ruckus Roots They travel to festivals, concerts and campuses in the Los Angeles area with interactive installations encourage young adults to find their creative voice within the eco-activism community. They're creating positive pandemonium and infectious enthusiasm for art and advocacy wherever they go.
The Canary ProjectThe Canary Project produces art and media about ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources. We believe that cultural production is a crucial building block in social movements. Since 2006 Canary has produced more than 20 projects involving hundreds of artists, designers, scientists, writers and volunteers.
The Arctic CycleThe Arctic Cycle uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners.
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) engages Lake Superior coastal communities and K-12 students in science-based climate adaptation projects combined with empowering, hands-on art projects. After more frequent and more severe storm events caused coastal erosion and littered local beaches with debris, local artist Stella Larkin and volunteers conducted a beach clean-up and used the washed-up plastic to construct the Lake Superior Shield. Working with school groups, Larkin talks about how we can work together to “shield” the Great Lakes from climate-related environmental impacts by working with local organizations like SWP on community climate adaptation and coastal resiliency projects.
The Tar Sands Storytelling Project. Over the course of six months, 10 Wisconsin artists researched, rendered, and reflected upon the cradle to grave story of tar sands oil in Wisconsin. The 10 panel exhibit of their work depicts different aspects of tar sands oil and pipeline infrastructure in the context of the global climate crisis and the documented effects of on local communities..
Tools for a Warming Planet is a living archive of tools—from historical to speculative—for adapting to a changing world. New tools are needed for understanding, building, and adapting together through climate change. This crowd-sourced collection bridges design, activism, and science. Collectively it highlights a range of work needed to respond to the urgent environmental, material, and community needs of our near future.
Vanishing IceVanishing Ice offers a glimpse into the rich cultural legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers. International in scope, it traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs and fields of ice on artists’ imaginations.
Wrack Line: 2050 is a confluence of art and science; a collaboration that uses an artwork to convey climate data. The temporary 400-foot outdoor artwork installation by Melody Drnach, Janie Harris, Anne Kuhn-Hines, and Mary Meagher, is also a call to action that was created to draw attention to the strategic, practical, and urgent reality of living with sea level rise. The installation is one of 13 outdoor artworks selected for the 2022 Biennial at the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, Rhode Island
Women Eco Artists Dialog – “Focusing on women’s unique perspectives we collaborate internationally to further the field and understanding of ecological and social justice art.”
Watershed: Art, Activism, and Community Engagement addresses the shifting ecological and political dimensions of water. This project, organized by Raoul Deal and Nicolas Lampert, uses art as a form of activism to comment on water issues in Milwaukee and the Great Lakes Basin, and their impact on the world at large. It tackles issues such as water shortages, notions of abundance, water privatization, invasive species, industrial pollution, and water as a human right.
We Are Still Here is a a remote reporting project created by photographer Alex Basaraba, highlights climate change scientists, activists, artists, journalists, and practitioners from across the world who have been impacted by the pandemic. Many have found unique, innovative ways to continue their important work despite a vast array of challenges,.