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 
Symposium sessions include panel discussions, a story circle, and interactive workshops on Thursdays, October 1, 8, and 15. Symposium sessions are open to women and non binary people for free, but require pre-registration. Read the session descriptions here and register here


Public Events 
Public events include a Keynote Lecture and virtual dance premiere. Public events are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Read event descriptions and find links to watch here.


Future Events 
Creative Women Leading Climate Action will continue in Spring 2021! Visit www.umass.edu/aes/cwlca or contact the Arts Extension Service at aes@acad.umass.edu to be added to the mailing list or get involved. Session proposals and artwork for a virtual exhibit are sought from women and nonbinary people including students, UMass associated artists, and community artists and professionals. Students and BIPOC people are particularly encouraged. 


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. 

CWLCA Public Events
Open to all. Free. Pre-registration not required.

  • Arts Extension Service, CWLCA Partners, and Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series Present a Joint Keynote Lecture.
    “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Professor and Author of Braiding Sweetgrass.
    Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. (ET).
    We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and Indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity, how might we use the gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis. Live and Recorded on Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook (full links below). To participate via Zoom register here. To submit a question, click here.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeinbergSeries/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/umass-history      
       
      

  • Augusta Savage Gallery presents...
    REVIVAL/50: Terre Parker
    YouTube Premiere Friday, October 2, at 4 p.m. (ET).
    Online Friday, October 2 through Thursday, October 8.
    Dance artist Terre Parker’s site-specific performance entitled For Her celebrates the body’s kinship with the living land. The dance artist and educator seeks to expand assumptions about what dance is, who can dance, and where dance happens. Created in collaboration with Barbara Cortez-Greig, Liz O’Brien, and Elizabeth Pangburn.
    Click  here for more information.
        


CWLCA Symposium Events
Open to women and nonbinary people. Free. Pre-registration required here.
Zoom links will be provided upon registration.

  • CWLCA Story Circle
    Workshop facilitated by JuPong Lin, Program Director, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College.
    Thursday, October 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (ET).

    Movements for social justice, climate action and climate justice, rely on the rich, oral story-sharing traditions in virtually every culture of the world. Drawing on those practices, we will host a story circle to give every participant an opportunity to speak your story of how you came to be the artist and leader you are today. What are your dreams for future generations? What gifts do you bring as an artist/professional/leader?
            
  • New Fables for a New World
    Workshop facilitated by Dr. Terry Jenoure, Interdisciplinary Artist.
    Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET) and Thursday, October 15, 1 - 3:15 p.m. (ET).
     
    Fables teach lessons, offer wisdom, encourage compassion and suggest needed change. Through guided experimentation with sound, words, and found objects, this workshop turns concerns for the environment into performative arts activism. Engaging in a wide range of arts experiments and drawing on both scientific knowledge and personal stories we will build new and original fables that encourage novel grass-roots solutions to our climate-related emergencies. This workshop intensive is designed for artists and non-artists. Workshop participants will share a brief presentation with CWLCA attendees at the end of the workshop.

    *This workshop is currently at capacity: please add yourself to the waitlist during registration for the October 8 and/or October 15 event. We will contact you in the event that a space opens!            

  • Creative Climate: Inspiration and Activation 
    Panel Moderated by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director, Arts Extension Service, UMass.
    Panelists include Emmalie Dropkin, Extinction Rebellion; Anais Reyes, Climate Museum, Exhibitions Associate; and Raquel de Anda, Arts Production Coordinator, People’s Climate March, NYC.
    Thursday, October 8, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (ET). 
    Climate change is upon us, and we have limited time to act. There are many arts organizations leading the fight locally, nationally, and internationally. This panel of artists/arts managers will share the work that their organizations are engaging in, from awareness campaigns to direct actions demanding substantive change in policy and practices on campus and beyond. Panelists will share how they balance optimism with realism in the face of dire climate news, and action steps that we can all take individually and collectively, even during the pandemic, to make a difference for the planet, and move from fear and surrender to action. 
        
  • Climate Change and Communities of Color: How Artists are Responding
    Panel Moderated by Hind Mari, Director, Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass.
    Panelists: Dr. Diana Alvarez, Artist Scholar; Chelvanaya (Naya) Gabriel, Artist; and Erika Slocumb, Artist.
    Thursday, October 15, 3 - 4:30 p.m. (ET).

    The United States was built on the foundation of colonialism, capitalism, and slavery by extracting human and natural resources from indigenous and enslaved peoples, destroying their ways of life and a previously balanced relationship with the environment. Racial injustice is intrinsically tied to climate change as a result of this history. The latest manifestations of this relationship can be seen through the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19, climate change, and police brutality on BIPOC, among other issues. 
        

    Artists of color have been imperative to the climate and racial justice movement through their various media. This panel includes three amazing artists who will talk about their art and the important work they are doing.

Wednesday, September 30

6 p.m.                      
           
    
"What Does the Earth Ask of Us?" CWLCA Keynote Lecture with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Professor and Author of Braiding Sweetgrass.
Presented by the Arts Extension Service, CWLCA Partners, and the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. 
 
     
 
      


Thursday, October 1

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
      
CWLCA Story CircleWorkshop facilitated by JuPong Lin, Program Director, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College.    
    


Friday, October 2

4 p.m.                      
          
     
   
REVIVAL/50: Terre Parker. A YouTube Premiere Performance by Terre Parker, Dance Artist. Online through Thursday, October 8.
Presented by the Augusta Savage Gallery.   
 
     
 
      
                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, October 8

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  New Fables for a New World. Workshop facilitated by Terry Jenoure, Interdisciplinary Artist.                                        
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    
Creative Climate: Inspiration and Activation. Panel Moderated by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director, Arts Extension Service, UMass. 
      

Thursday, October 15

1 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. New Fables for a New World. Workshop facilitated by Terry Jenoure, Interdisciplinary Artist.
3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.       
            
Climate Change and Communities of Color: How Artists are Responding. Panel Moderated by Hind Mari, Director, Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass. 
                 
    

Anais Reyes, Exhibitions Associate, Climate Museum (she/her)
Anais Reyes worked at the American Museum of Natural History, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum. She has an BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with curation and entrepreneurship concentrations and is pursuing a certificate in ecology and environmental studies at Columbia University.  
https://climatemuseum.org/.


     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.



     Dee Boyle-Clapp, Sculptor, Director, Arts Extension Service (AES) and Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative (she/her)
Dee Boyle-Clapp teaches arts management, arts entrepreneurship, plus Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization for AES. She holds undergraduate degrees in art and art history from UW Madison, an MFA from UMass, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. 
https://www.umass.edu/aes/
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   Dr. Diana Alvarez, Artist Scholar (she/her/they/them)
Dr. Diana Alvarez is a singer-songwriter, poet, composer, filmmaker, educator, and scholar whose fierce Xicana Xingona voice creates gripping atmospheres deemed "transcendent." Alvarez's soulful, Spanglish songs exalt queer love and liberation drawn from her origins in South Texas, where she grew up singing to the Gulf of Mexico. 
www.diana-alvarez.com / @brujajuana on social platforms.


  
     Emmalie Dropkin, Coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Western Massachusetts (she/her)
Emmalie Dropkin is a fiction writer, teacher, and activist. Her writing explores human responses to the climate emergency and has appeared in The Massachusetts Review and Electric Lit. She teaches creative writing and composition through the lens of the environmental humanities, and serves as a coordinator for Extinction Rebellion. 
www.emmaliedropkin.com / xrwestermass.org.
 

  
   Erika Slocumb, Artist (she/her)
Erika Slocumb, is a Ph.D. student of Black Studies and Public History at UMass, Amherst. Her current research focuses on the use of oral histories as a means to empower Black communities, retell the history of communities where Black voices have been obscured, and claiming space in public museums and archives.

 
   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.

   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.

   Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Professor and Author of Braiding Sweetgrass (she/her)
Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a student of the plant nations. Her writings include Gathering Moss which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and the bestselling Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. As a writer and a scientist, her interests include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. 


Photo Credit: Ani Rivera.

   Terre Parker, Dance Artist & Program Coordinator, Arts Extension Service (she/her)
Terre Parker is the founding director of Mae/Movement Arts Ensemble and a former principal dancer for Anna Halprin’s Dance Company. Her choreographic and video works have been presented internationally. Terre is the Program Coordinator for the Arts Extension Service and lead programmer for CWLCA. 
vimeo.com/terreparker
www.umass.edu/aes.

     Dr. Terry Jenoure, Interdisciplinary Artist (she/her)
Dr. Terry Jenoure is a passionate artist/musician with training as a violinist and vocalist, self-taught fabric sculpturalist, academic publications, and a completed novel. With a Doctoral degree in Education, Terry teaches creative development to teachers, community leaders and social workers. She is the former Director of the Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass. 








  

Raquel de Anda, Curator and Cultural organizer, Arts Production Coordinator, People’s Climate March, NYC (she/her)
Raquel de Anda is a curator and cultural organizer from Laredo, TX whose practice focuses on climate and racial justice. She currently works with The US Department of Arts and Culture as Minister of Bridge Building. Recent exhibitions include Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators (Project Row Houses, Houston, TX).

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.

The Keynote Lecture is co-presented by CWLCA and the Department of History Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. The Feinberg Series is hosted by the UMass Amherst History Department and partners and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass Amherst history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

REVIVAL/50: Terre Parker is presented by the Augusta Savage Gallery.


Introducing the CWLCA Planning Committee:
See also: Presenter bios for Dee Boyle-Clapp, Hind Mari, JuPong Lin, Terre Parker, and Dr. Terry Jenoure.


   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.


Photo Credit: Samm Smith Design and Photography.
   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. 

Give
Thank you for your interest in Creative Women Leading Climate Action! All public and symposium events are free. This special opportunity benefits students, community members, and independent artists, among others. Your contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations will support CWLCA public events, the virtual symposium, and future programming in Spring 2021 and beyond! You may choose to make a donation during registration or if you are unable to attend the symposium, but want to support the work, click here. Thank you!

Questions? Contact us!
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Questions About Registration?
Please contact the UMass Conference Services Team at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102. 


Need Technical Assistance on the Day of a Symposium Session?
If you have registered for the symposium and are having trouble gaining access to a Zoom session, please contact Wesley Days, Assistant Manager of Operations, UMass Amherst Center at Springfield at 413-545-9870 or Arts Extension Service staff aes@acad.umass.edu.


Interested in Getting Involved in CWLCA?
Please visit www.umass.edu/aes/cwlca or contact the Arts Extension Service at aes@acad.umass.edu to be added to the mailing list or to get involved. CWLCA will continue in Spring 2021. Session proposals and artwork for a virtual exhibit are sought from women and nonbinary people including students, UMass associated artists, and community artists. Students and BIPOC people are particularly encouraged.