Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. – Bertolt Brecht


Social change seldom happens without the artists and sculptors, playwrights and musicians of the era getting onboard to give it tangible form or emotional force, and propelling it forward. The baroque painter Caravaggio demystified the sacred by depicting holy figures in realistic human form. Leni Riefenstahl cemented Hitler’s authority with the masterpiece of propaganda “Triumph of the Will” (art isn’t always a force for good). Music and graphic arts defined and focused the anti-war movement of the 1960’s. It’s even been argued that Shepard Fairey’s iconographic “Hope” poster gave an edge to upstart candidate Barack Obama.
With that in mind, here are some resources to help inspire, inform, and illuminate your creative endeavors as we engage in the historic battle to slow the pace of climate change.

Environmental & Activist Art

Arts Orgs. & Compilations

Selected Works

Activism & Social Commentary

Climate Change 101

Some recent journalism about climate change and more…


Commentary & Messaging

Change is Possible!

COP 21 –  Paris Climate Summit, Dec. 2015

More info about the U.N. climate treaty summit that inspired our festival.

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