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.


Free. Open to all. Pre-registration not required.

Keynote Lecture.
“What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Professor and Author of Braiding Sweetgrass.
Co-presented by CWLCA, AES, & the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series.

Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. (ET).
Live and recorded via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook.
Pre-registration required for Zoom only. Register here.

REVIVAL/50: Terre Parker
Presented by Augusta Savage Gallery
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, For Her, created in collaboration with Barbara Cortez-Greig, Liz O’Brien, and Elizabeth Pangburn.

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Free. Open to women and nonbinary people. Pre-registration required.
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Workshop facilitated by JuPong Lin, Program Director, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College.
Thursday, October 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (ET).
WORKSHOP - 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).
PANEL - Creative Climate: Inspiration and Activation
Panel Moderated by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director, Arts Extension Service, UMass.
Panelists include Emmalie Dropkin, Extinction Rebellion, and Anais Reyes, Climate Museum, Exhibitions Associate  and Raquel de Anda, curator and cultural organizer, and Arts Production Coordinator, People’s Climate March.
Thursday, October 8, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (ET).
PANEL - 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).


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.

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.