Project 9: Climate Culture Symposium

Title: Climate Culture Symposium
Date: February 28, 2013

“The battle is getting desperate, the odds long, so it’s time to pull out a big tool in the fight against global warming: art,” notes author and environmentalist Bill McKibben.

What is the correlation between the environment and art? In the upcoming symposium, “Climate Culture – Art, Action, Climate Change,” a selected group of sixty artists, activists, and scientists will tackle this question. MassArt, in collaboration with Artists in Context and with primary support from The Barr Foundation, will be hosting the event.

Participants in “Climate Culture – Art, Action, Climate Change” will consider key questions and successful approaches to projects that impact the perception of and activism around climate change issues, with the goal of imagining new projects to engage and inspire people in the Boston area. This symposium will position MassArt as a leader in envisioning the ways that art and design can be utilized to solve some of today’s most pressing environmental issues.
The symposium kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 28 with a keynote address by Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the influential book Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. The keynote is free and open to the public. All other symposium events are invitation-only.