Welcome to Creative Women Leading Climate Action - a virtual symposium and public event series highlighting how artists and arts professionals are responding to climate change and how to get involved. The goal of the virtual symposium is to engage women and nonbinary people in building an intergenerational network with a shared goal of creative climate action.


Symposium

Please join us for the free symposium session, Intergenerational Conversation, a panel presentation and breakout discussions, on April 14, 2021, at 12 p.m. (ET).  A live captioner will be available during the general meeting, but please let us know by emailing registration@umass.edu, if you need captioning in your breakout session. The symposium event is free, but requires pre-registration. Click the "Register Now" button above to register.


Virtual Public Events

Public events are free, open to all. Read event descriptions and find links to watch by clicking the "Public CWLCA Events" tab above. Public events include the Creative People Leading Climate Action Exhibition, open to all in all media, and digital performance, workshops, and exhibition of JuPong Lin's Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water.

Call for Art! Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition

The climate crisis is upon us, but we still have a limited time to make an impact. Use your art to lead the way! Add your art, poetry, music, short story, spoken word, performance, or multidisciplinary work to show your response to the crisis. All art forms are welcome. View submission details here. Cash awards for the Best of Show, work by UMass Alum, work by current UMass Student, Innovative Solution, and work that addresses Climate Justice. Participants of the Intergenerational Conversation will be given a code to vote for Best of Show from a list of finalists. 

For full details visit www.fineartscenter.com/CWLCACall or CWLCA Submissions.

  • Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021.
  • Notification of Accepted Works: April 9, 2021.
  • Exhibition opens: April 14, 2021.
  • Exhibition Dates: April 14 – June 30, 2021 (thereafter moved to archives on ASG and AES sites).
JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water

Digital Performance, Workshops & Exhibition. Poetics of Repair is a participatory installation of poetry and paper cranes and canoes, concocting a medicine of decolonial love to mend our ravaged world. Interactive paperfolding workshops and a story circle will take place on Fridays, April 2, 9 and 16. Click here to register.


Creative Women Leading Climate Action is presented by the UMass Arts Extension Service, Augusta Savage Gallery, Women of Color Leadership Network, Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center, Department of Theater, and UMass Amherst Center at Springfield with support from Women for UMass Amherst, UMass Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Creative Women Leading Climate Action Public Events


March 7 - April 1, 2021
Call for Art! Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition
Submissions open for Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition. Click here for more information, or to submit your work.

Friday, April 2 at 4 p.m. (ET) via Zoom
JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water
Digital Performance, Workshops & Exhibition, Opening Performance Premiere. Visit www.fineartscenter.com/JuPongLin for more information and to reserve your free tickets.

Friday, April 9 & 16, 4 p.m. (ET) via Zoom
JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water
Workshops that include guided meditation, poetry reading and paperfolding lesson. Click here to register.

March 7 - April 9
Paper Folding: Add to the Installation, join in a workshop or fold at home.
All are welcome to participate in the folding of cranes, canoes, or horseshoe crabs. Those interested in learning to fold paper canoes, cranes or horseshoe crabs can request paper and a booklet of JuPong's instructional poetry by filling out this form, referring to the list of participating libraries, or contact aes@acad.umass.edu. Optional return of folded canoes, cranes, crabs requested by April 10.

Wednesday, April 14, 12 p.m. (ET) via Zoom
Intergenerational Conversation: Art, Climate, and Action
Panel/Facilitated Conversation co-moderated by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Arts Extension Service Director and Hind Mari, Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass. Panelists Susan Theberge, Citizen’s Action Network/ Extinction Rebellion Red Brigade; Carolina Aragón, Landscape Architecture UMass, Climate Visualization Artist; and Nicole Young, Performance Poet and Philanthropy Professional, and others will share how they use their art to address the climate crisis. Participants join facilitated breakout groups by art form to discuss how to use one’s art and work inter-generationally to inspire action. Meet others. Share. Build your network as you work to make a difference for the planet. Free, pre-registration required: click Register Now above to sign-up!

April 22
Earth Day
JuPong Lin will host a virtual tour of the co-created installation, a Story Circle and discussion about climate justice. Click here to register.


April 22 - June 30
Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition
Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition will be on view on the Augusta Savage Gallery website through June 30, 2021 (thereafter moved to archives on ASG and AES sites).

Dee Boyle-Clapp, Sculptor, Director, Arts Extension Service (AES) and Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative (she/her)
Dee Boyle-Clapp teaches arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses and works at the intersection of arts and sustainability. In her Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization class, she teaches arts managers how to reduce their organization’s carbon footprint and increase community involvement by creating programming that inspires a sustainable future. She holds undergraduate degrees in art and art history from UW Madison, an MFA from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She lives on a solar-powered llama farm
https://www.umass.edu/aes/


JuPong Lin, Program Director, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College (she/her)
A Taiwanese-born immigrant, JuPong Lin is an educator, cultural worker, decolonial artist, and institutional activist who works in solidarity with climate justice. Her community performances fuse Taiwanese ancestral traditions with poetics, paperfolding and Qigong. She cultivates kinship between peoples of different lands and creates bridges to ancestral wisdom and healing.


Chelvanaya (Naya) Gabriel, Artist (they/them)

Chelvanaya (Naya) Gabriel holds space within their work, and in community, where mixed media stories of trauma, disability, and neurodiversity, especially of QTBIPOC folx, can be witnessed and collectively processed. Creative Resilience, their latest project, is a highly adaptable art-based dialogue about wellness and resilience within an anti-oppressive framework.
http://naya.myportfolio.com

https://instagram.com/scifilens


Carolina Aragón
Carolina Aragón is an artist and educator who uses public art to transform landscapes, engage communities, and teach students. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her artwork, inspired by natural phenomena, seeks to create moments of increased connection to place and environmental understanding through moments of wonder and play.
http://www.carolinaaragon.com


Wize (Uwizeyimana) Angelique, The Performance Project/First Generation, Performer, Advocate and a mother
Wize was born and raised in a refugee camp in Lukole, Tanzania. A Hampshire College graduate, she studied dance, theater, and psychology, and her thesis performance, Healing Through Storytelling and Embodiment was about the Rwanda genocide and how women suffered, were neglected, and shamed for speaking about their trauma and sexual violence. Her numerous major theater projects and dance projects include: Fon'ale, Tenderness, and Selections. Wize is an advocate for community gatherings, performing, and using human connection to heal. She is mother of her 16-month-old baby Keza.


Hind Mari, Director, Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass (she/her)
Hind is the director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community. Her interests and expertise include women’s empowerment and advocacy work, with emphasis on understanding the intersections of our social identities; cross-cultural communication; conflict resolution; and leadership training. Her artistic sense shows up in cooking and creative writing.
https://www.umass.edu/cwc/wocln


Nicole M. Young, Writer, Educator and Nonprofit Manager (she/her)

Nicole M. Young is a performance poet, playwright, event producer, musician, nonprofit manager and educator originally from Detroit and now lives in Northern Connecticut. Autobiographical in nature, Nicole’s writing seeks to fill the spaces for those of marginalized majorities whose authentic voices are absent in mainstream media.
www.nicolemyoung.com


Susan Theberge, Co-Founder, Climate Action Now
Concerned about the climate catastrophe, Susan left her academic position to return to her roots as an organizer with a particular focus on racial, socio-economic, educational and environmental justice. Susan is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of Climate Action Now, a founding member of Sugar Shack Alliance, and helped organize and remains active with the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Her primary focus is to help build a powerful, inclusive mass movement to respond to the climate emergency and the injustices of the capitalist system.


Kristin Neville, Executive Director and Founder of Blues to Green, the nonprofit presenter of the free annual Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival.
Kristin was inspired to use her connections in the music world to bring arts access to underserved people and leverage the arts as a tool for social change. (She is the wife of the late Charles Neville of the New Orleans based Neville Brothers). Blues to Green promotes accessibility to the arts through our annual free music festival, public talks, and music workshops that celebrate the rich heritage of American music, especially in connection with communities of color; provides educational and artistic opportunities for underserved youth; and raises awareness of and boosts work on social and environmental issues. Kristin has a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from UMass Amherst.


Thank you to the partners and sponsors behind Creative Women Leading Climate Action!

Creative Women Leading Climate Action is presented by the UMass Arts Extension Service, Augusta Savage Gallery, Women of Color Leadership Network, College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center, Department of History Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Theater, and UMass Amherst Center at Springfield with support from Women for UMass Amherst, UMass Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative.


Introducing the CWLCA Planning Committee: Hind Mari, JuPong Lin, Dee Boyle-Clapp, Alexia Cota.


  
Alexia Cota, Interim Director, Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass (she/her)

Alexia Cota has worked at the Fine Arts Center’s Augusta Savage Gallery for over 15 years, starting as a gallery guard while working on her BFA. Since graduating she has acted as manager and now, the interim gallery director. She is working on her masters in Social Justice Education through UMass’ College of Ed.


  

Burns Maxey, Instructor & Marketing, Art Extension Service, UMass (they/them)

Burns Maxey is an instructor and manages marketing for the Arts Extension Service. Burns’ artwork has focused on place and people through visual storytelling. Burns holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Burns will be a degree candidate for a Master in Public Policy from UMass Amherst.


  Lauren Bouvier, Arts Entrepreneurship Intern, UMass (she/her)

Lauren Bouvier is the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative Intern who helped produce CWLCA and Heart of the Garden. Lauren is studying Psychology and Event Planning. Serving as Governor of Southwest and a Residential Assistant, Lauren has planned events for thousands of UMass students. Lauren is a co-captain for Pulse Tap Team.


  

Marie Comuzzo, Master's Student, Musician (she/her)

Marie Comuzzo is a performer, a scholar and a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She is currently working on her Master Thesis regarding the underrepresentation of women in the Western musical canon. Aside from her research work, she is a violin performer, an environmental activist and a vegan chef.


  Nicole M. Young, Writer, Educator and Nonprofit Manager (she/her)

Nicole M. Young is a performance poet, playwright, event producer, musician, nonprofit manager and educator originally from Detroit and now lives in Northern Connecticut. Autobiographical in nature, Nicole’s writing seeks to fill the spaces for those of marginalized majorities whose authentic voices are absent in mainstream media. www.nicolemyoung.com.


  

Nikki Stoia, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass (she/her)

Nikki Stoia is presently Associate Dean, Senior Lecturer II in the Department of Music and Dance, and Music Honors Program Director. She is a coach/accompanist, pianist, singer, and in her fifteenth year as Music Director/Conductor of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Chorus; Founder/Director of Western Massachusetts Singers for Survivors.


  

Tristan Cameron, Artist (they/them)

Tristan Cameron is a recent graduate of Hampshire College. They studied the complexities of trauma and memory through theatrical practice, while aiming to "queer" the concept of remembering. They are currently living in Florence, MA, in a lovely home. They continue to make queer art with a collective called Queer and Now, who put together digital drag shows biweekly.


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Artwork for Creative People Leading Climate Action Virtual Exhibition are sought from all people, however, women and nonbinary people including UMass alums, community artists, students and BIPOC people are particularly encouraged to participate. Click here to submit your work!