The Creative Women Leading Climate Action Symposium Returns
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The Creative Women Leading Climate Action Virtual Symposium (CWLCA) at UMass Amherst continues with conversations, workshops, installations, a virtual exhibition, and an invitation for public participation in an installation at the Augusta Savage Gallery.
“Elements of the symposium focus on women and nonbinary people; however, climate change is aﬀecting us all, and we welcome all people to take part in two ways. First, we invite submissions to an online juried exhibition, open to those who work in any media including music, performance, poetry, short stories, spoken word, ﬁlm, as well as visual art. Second, we invite people of all ages to fold paper canoes, cranes, or horseshoe crabs that will become a part of JuPong Lin’s installation at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst. The gallery will feature a webcam, so people can watch as their work becomes a part of the installation,” said Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of the Arts Extension Service.
Artist and Arts Extension Service Instructor, JuPong Lin, describes how her Taiwanese ancestors’ knowledge of waterways was eroded by martial law that imposed control of the coasts for decades through poetry. Her work draws parallels between the suppression of Indigenous ecological knowledge and traditional wisdom traditions around the globe. Those interested in learning to fold paper canoes, cranes, or horseshoe crabs can request paper and a booklet of JuPong's instructional poetry. Detailed information and links are available at umass.edu/aes/cwlca.
CWLCA includes Intergenerational Conversation: Art, Climate, Action, which takes place from noon - 1:30 on April 14, with intergenerational women/nonbinary panelists discussing how they use their art to address the climate crisis then facilitating discussions with participants to explore how they can use their voice to make an impact. “The questions we will ask in this discussion are very important, providing women and nonbinary people of all ages the opportunity to share their ideas, brainstorm, and network,” said Hind Mari, Director of the UMass Women of Color Leadership Network-CWC.
“The Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition is open to all in any media and should address the broad possibilities regarding climate change. Works can explore climate justice, activism, mourning species loss, capturing places of beauty, or envisioning a better future. Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: UMass Alumnus, Current UMass student, Best of Show, Innovative Solution, and Climate Justice,” said Alexia Cota, Director of the Augusta Savage Gallery. Details about the Creative Women Leading Climate Action Virtual Symposium including the application for submissions, panel information, and exhibition information can be found at umass.edu/aes/cwlca.
- March 7- April 1 Submissions open for Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition.
- March 7 – April 9 – Paper Folding; all are welcome to participate in the folding of cranes, canoes, or horseshoe crabs. April 14 – Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition opens at Augusta Savage Gallery.
- April 2, 4 p.m. ET, Zoom – JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water, Digital Performance, Workshops & Exhibition
- Opening Performance Premiere: April 9 & 16, 4 p.m. via Zoom, JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water, Workshops that include guided meditation, poetry reading and paper folding lesson.
- April 10 - Return folded paper for exhibition installation. See details on the CWLCA and Augusta Savage websites.
- April 14, 12 p.m. ET– Intergenerational Conversation: Art, Climate, Action. Moderators Dee Boyle-Clapp and Hind Mari. Panelists/facilitators include Susan Theberge (Citizens Action Network), Nicole Young (Performance Poet), Carolina Aragon (Climate Visualization Artist) via Zoom.
- April 22, It’s Earth Day! JuPong Lin will host a virtual tour of the co-created installation, a Story Circle, and a discussion about climate justice.
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. CWLCA is made possible by support from Women for UMass Amherst, and UMass Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative.