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Creative Women Leading Climate Action

Creative Women Leading Climate Action engages women and nonbinary people in building an intergenerational network with a shared goal of creative climate action. This virtual symposium highlights artists and arts professionals responding to climate change and provides opportunities for students to both learn from arts leaders and forge their own network as they pursue leadership in arts and activism fields. Open to UMass and Five College students, faculty, and staff, as well as artists and professionals at large.


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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. 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.

Attendees of the Intergenerational Conversation will be given a code to vote for Best of Show from a list of finalists. For details visit or CWLCA Submissions.

  • Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021.
  • Notification of Accepted Works: April 9, 2021.
  • Opens Wednesday, April 14
  • Exhibition Dates: April 14 – June 30, 2021

JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water

Digital Performance, Workshops & Exhibition, Opening Performance Premiere:
Friday, April 2, 4 p.m. (ET) via Zoom
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JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water

Workshops include guided meditation, poetry reading, and paper folding lessons.
Friday, April 9 & 16, 4 p.m. (ET).
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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 ( March 7 – April 1 or refer to the list of participating libraries. ( or contact Optional return of folded canoes, cranes, crabs requested by April 10.
March 7 - April 9

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, Climate Action Now; Carolina Aragón, Landscape Architecture UMass, Climate Visualization Artist; Nicole Young, Performance Poet and Philanthropy Professional;  Wize (Uwizeyimana) Angelique, The Performance Project/First Generation; Kristin Neville, Executive Director and Founder of Blues to Green and 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.
Wednesday, April 14 via Zoom, 12 p.m. (ET)

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Earth Day

JuPong Lin will host a virtual tour of the co-created installation, a story circle, and a discussion about climate justice.
April 22

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Questions About Registration? Please contact the UMass Conference Services Team at or 413-577-8102.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.