ENVISION: Closing Celebration of VisionLA Fest ’15

ENVISION, the closing celebration for VisionLA Fest ’15, is a convergence of artists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens from all across Los Angeles who believe the creativity and ingenuity of the Arts & Cultural sector can help manifest a truly sustainable future. Join us as we celebrate our collective efforts, recognize some of the artists and producers who have presented work at VisionLA Fest, and award local leaders for their passionate stewardship of our environment.

The event will feature music from DJ Jedi as well as a full installation dance / concert from Los Angeles based String Theory Productions. L.A.’s Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez will kick the evening off with an original piece. Enjoy food from Mama’s Hot Tamales, wine and beer, all INCLUDED with the price of admission.

This ZERO WASTE event is hosted by Arts Earth Partnership – authors of the first state-recognized arts and cultural green business certification program in the world, based right here in Los Angeles. Come mingle, network, and help celebrate the transformative power of the arts!

Have questions about ENVISION: Closing Celebration of VisionLA Fest ’15? Contact Arts Earth Partnership



CLIMARTE is a finalist in the 2015 Melbourne Awards

Now in its thirteenth year, the city’s most prestigious awards ceremony recognises organisations and individuals across a range of sectors that have dedicated themselves to Melbourne.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle congratulated the individuals and organisations shortlisted. “People and organisations are the real heart and soul of cities and, as the most liveable city in the world for five consecutive years, we have some really impressive ones right here in Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This year’s Melbourne Awards finalists are all exemplary: their achievements, passion and dedication deserve this recognition.”

CLIMARTE has been nominated for the ART+CLIMATE =CHANGE 2015 festival as a Contribution to Environmental Sustainability by a Community Organisation.

Something from Nothing – Elyssia’s Otesha Journey

5d76e8e8938c031446800a8a62f681b7Friend of the CSPA Elyssia Sasaki is setting off on an Otesha Performing and Cycling Tour this fall — pedaling about 1500 kilometres and using theatre to spark dialogue about sustainable living. This project will provide intersection between her love of theatre and desire to see it as a sustainable practice. Her team will work to empower ourselves and more than 3000 young Canadians about how we can all be the change we wish to see in the world!

She has an appeal for support: To reach my fundraising goals, I have begun “something from nothing.” This is an attempt to take my overburderned craft drawer, full of buttons, yarn, fabric, and fabulousness, and turn these odds and ends into something new made just for you!! In my gallery, you will find an assortment of images. Drop me a donation, and I’ll send something handmade and totally unique your way!  Contact her at to offer your support or CLICK HERE. If you can’t donate, then share share share this campaign!


About the Otesha Project

The Otesha Project is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Everyday, the choices we make can and do impact other people and the planet. Our actions have tremendous potential to create positive change. By building community, engaging as citizens, being conscientious consumers and using resources wisely, we can create the kind of world we’d like to live in.

A Sustainability Focused Theatre Group – On bicycle!   

The Otesha Project organizes and trains teams of cycling performers that tour for 2 months, travelling a section of Canada by bicycle and delivering Otesha’s unique brand of empowering theatre en route in elementary schools, secondary schools, community venues and university and college campuses.

Cycling Through Change is our interactive, documentary-style theatre piece that follows three young people as they grapple with “being the change they want to see in the world”, each in their own way (Gandhi).

The comedic cast of high-energy performers use their own bodies as props to create a hilarious take on serious environmental and social justice issues that gets audiences talking and laughing.

The performers involve the audience in creating everyday solutions to global issues, and people leave the 45 minute performance inspired to act on their ideas.

Geared for audiences 12-18 years old, but guaranteed to start conversation among elementary students and older folks as well.


With ArtCOP21 Festival on the Banks of the Seine in Paris, COAL offers citizen participation weekends in the great debate of COP21 through artists’ interventions on issues of climate.

Climate change is everyone’s business. In this year 2015, the Parisian atmosphere is particularly sensitive to this issue with the preparation for the COP21 to be held at Le Bourget from 30 November to 11 December.

Without citizen involvement, negotiations that will take place at the end of the year can not succeed. This is why the Festival for Climate, first highlight ofArtCOP21 , was born. Designed as an exchange device, it is animated by artists but told citizens to make Berges de Seine, track history and sustained communication in essence, a space for dialogue, advocacy and mobilization around climate.

At the time of the sharing economy and the reappropriation of public space, come and share the creative energies that exist today in Île-de-France around the COP21: leave a video message to COP21 negotiators through COPBox ; exchange on What remains with performance artist Thierry Boutonnier and HEROICA Pig Farm of Happiness; immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest of Rodolphe Alexis and climate landscape Kisseleva ; ask the climate vocabulary with Nathalie Blanc and David Christoffel , co-build a work for the COP21 with Waste arts ; learn about the COP21 with the Parisian Agency for Climate and finally take position with #OccupyHope , monumental collective Ya + K and followed by a Line up with the inspired sound system mobile Never Chill Out Van Bellastock !

Go to the banks on 11 and 12 July from 11h to 22h
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Leave a video message to COP21 negotiators through COPBox
From 11 July to 27 August / Monday to Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 12H / 12H 21:30 Friday / Saturday from 10 am to 21:30 / Sunday 10 am to 7:30 p.m.

 Exchange on “What remains” with the performer and artist Thierry Boutonnier HEROICA pig 
July 11 and 12 from 11am to 17h

Immerse yourself in the sound shower “Parallel Lines” 
on July 11 from 10h to 22h / 12 July from 10h to 16h and 18h to 22h

Experience the words climate with “climate Memory»
July 11 and 12 from 14h to 17h

Co-build works for the COP21 – Children Workshop
July 12 from 14h to 17h

Ask about the COP21 with Parisian Climate Agency
July 11 and 12 from 14h to 17h

Art + COP21? 
July 11 from 17h to 18h30

July 12 from 16h to 18h

Take #OccupyHope position with the installation of the collective Ya + K. 
11 July from 14h to 17h

516 Arts – HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts

516 ARTS is organizing a collaborative season of public programming in the fall of 2015 that explores climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. The public programs for HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts will include: a series of exhibitions at 516 ARTS; the popular Downtown Block Party; special events with guest speakers; film screenings; and youth programs.

Climate change is an urgent issue of both global and local concern. The Southwest can be considered one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, with rising annual temperature averages, declining water supplies, and reduced agricultural yields. In New Mexico we’ve already seen destabilized and unpredictable weather patterns, water sources going dry, forests not recovering from fire, loss of urban trees, and crop failures. Public programs for HABITAT strive to raise awareness about these issues by taking an innovative approach to engaging with social and environmental change, and by bringing the community together to focus on sustainability.

Interactive Art Projects, food, music and fun for the whole family!

516 ARTS presents its third Downtown Block Party on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets Downtown, which expands the gallery programs into the street.  This year, the event is presented in partnership with the Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative in celebration of the Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District.  It highlights outdoor artworks and projects that address alternative energy, food issues, and land and water use in the future, all with a focus on positive solutions and dialogue.  For example, GhostFood by Miriam Simun, is a performance and interactive/participatory event that explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food paintings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods.  Little Sun Pop-Up Shop, by artist Olafur Eliasson (Berlin, Germany) and engineer Frederik Ottesen (Copenhagen, Denmark), showcases an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp they have developed, which serves as a social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.  For The Future of Energyby Andrea Polli and students, the public is invited to engage with local energy issues using an app to find and create potential, and to see what they are generating in real time through visualization tools.


Knew Normal and Off the ChartsAugust 29 – October 31, 2015

516 ARTS presents concurrent exhibitions focused on navigating changing environments.  Knew Normal,curated by Nancy Zastudil, features paintings, drawings and photography and small props that bear witness to the effects of climate change on our environments, bodies and psyches.  Artists include: Gala Bent, Nick Brown, Mel Chin, Adriane Colburn, Naomi Kizhner, Lee Lee, Wendy Mason, Nina Montenegro, Ryan Pierce, Dario Robleto, Miriam Simun and Cedra Wood.  Off the Charts,curated by Rhiannon Mercer and Claude Smith, explores the visual language that artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit.  Artists include: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet, Anne Gilman, Jerry Gretzinger, Mary Iverson, Bethany Johnson, Jane Lackey, Mitchell Marti, Nathalie Miebach, James Sterling Pitt, Ross Racine, Matthew Rangell and Alexander Webb.

Scott GreeneBewildernessand Beau Carey: RiseNovember 21, 2015 – January 9, 2016

516 ARTS spotlights two of Albuquerque’s most prolific painters with concurrent solo exhibitions exploring contemporary changes in the landscape from human activity while referencing the rich history of classical and 19th century American Landscape painting.  Scott Greene: Bewildernesssuggests a place existing beyond imagination, myth and reality where awe-inspiring pristine wilderness endures side by side with the idea of nature as something to be controlled and exploited.  Beau Carey: Risereferences navigational coastal profiling and compositional structures of the 19th century American landscape painters to examine how modern landscapes came to be spatially constructed.  Rooted in globalism and environmental dominance, these paintings look at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world.


516 ARTS will present a series of speakers to address the issues around climate change from both the science and art perspectives.  Speakers include renowned artist Mel Chin, who is currently working on a project about developing a solar economy in the Western Sahara (September 10, 5>30pm, presented in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts); and Ruben Arvizu who, together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, was named Ambassador of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate and serves as Director for Latin America with the Cousteau Society (November 12, 5:30pm, presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center).


516 ARTS is offering STEM+Arts workshops with artists Abbey Hepner and Rubén Olguin at local schools in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, STEMarts Lab and The Paseo.  We will also host student groups at 516 ARTS for exhibition tours, discussions and hands-on activities throughout the fall.

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516 ARTS
Albuquerque Public Schools
AmeriCorps VISTA
Central Features
Civic Plaza Presents
Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative
Downtown Grower’s Market
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The Paseo
STEMArts Lab
University of New Mexico:
Art & Ecology
Center for Advanced Research Computing
College of Fine Arts
Creative Writing Program
Landscape Architecture


The Albuquerque Journal
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bernalillo County Community Events
Conservation Voters New Mexico/Juntos
Levitated Toy Factory
Mid-Region Council of Governments
Positive Energy Solar
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of New Mexico
College of Fine Arts
School of Engineering
Office of Research/Provost


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bernalillo County Community Events
The City of Albuquerque:
Mayor Richard R. Berry, City Council
& Urban Enhancement Trust Fun
The FUNd of ABQ Community Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of
Cultural Affairs, with the National Endowment for the Arts

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Image: EVII from Jerry’s Map by Jerry Gretzinger, Still from Chasing Ice by James Balog


What would happen if you bring together artists from different cultures to interact and create works through use of materials from the environment?” Why not join us and find out?

DATE: September 9 – 30, 2015
VENUE: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Nka Foundation invites arts practitioners from around the world for the 2015 International Artist Workshop at Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. Practitioners in the visual arts, building arts, literary arts, performing arts, design and film/new media are all welcome to participate. We will immerse ourselves in the local environment and create site-specific works through use of earth and other materials from the environment. Our rural arts village provides the participant with time and space away from the everyday stresses of city/studio life to focus and investigate own practice, creating the possibility for discovery, collaboration and growth. The arts village has an openair theatre, workspaces and guest houses for your accommodation. Most evenings will be used for reviewing workshop progress along with artist lectures, impromptu performances and presentations by workshop participants. By alternating work and dialogues, we anticipate cross fertilization of ideas. Join us!

COST: Food and accommodation 120€/week (flight costs are not included).
CONTACT: / for application form. Proposals will be reviewed until spots are filled

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Julie’s Bicycle Now Recruiting: Programme Coordinator

From Julie’s Bicycle:

This is an exciting time for Julie’s Bicycle, as we embark on an ambitious nation-wide programme to raise the profile and impact of cultural leadership on climate change and environmental issues over the next few years. We are looking for an exceptional person with ambition, love of the arts and culture, creative flair and commitment to environmental sustainability to join a thriving team at the heart of the cultural response to environmental sustainability.

The Programme Coordinator will be an important member of the Arts Team, focused on delivery. The role will be involved with coordinating our annual programme of events and workshops, developing resources for the Julie’s Bicycle website, writing case studies and website content, and supporting the delivery of consultancy projects designed to increase engagement in environmental best practice across the music, festivals, theatre, dance, visual arts, museums, literature, and other creative and cultural communities.

Download the full job description here or by clicking the link below.

Terms and conditions

Contract: Full time, fixed term until September 2016
Salary: £24,000 (pro rata) depending on experience
Location: London


Send a CV and cover letter to by 9am, Monday 10th August 2015. Please direct any enquiries to Sophie at the email above or 020 8746 0400.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 17th August 2015.

Julie’s Bicycle is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer.


COAL is pleased to announce the nominees for the ten artists COAL Art & Environment Prize in 2015 on the climate and the six artists nominated for the special price COAL Oceans in partnership with Tara expedition. The 2015 edition of COAL price marks a key step ArtCOP21, the cultural agenda of COP21 worn by COAL and Cape Farewell. Winners will be selected by a prestigious jury on September 17 next to the Museum of Hunting and Nature.

For its sixth edition, the international call for projects of Price COAL calling artists to inspire the negotiations of the COP21 brought together 389 artists from 51 countries folders. This success reflects the commitment of artists to the environment and the recognition of COAL price on the international stage.


Alex Hartley (England, born in 1963), NowhereCollective Disaster (Belgium), Temple of Holy Shit

FICTILIS (Timothy Furstnau and Andrea Steves – USA), True Cost Market

Julie Navarro (France, born in 1972), Sundew

Livin Studio (Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger) – Austria, Fungi Mutarium

Mare Liberum (USA), Mergitur sed Regurgitat

MELD (USA – Australia-Greece), Climate Change Hip-Hop OperaMonte Laster (USA-France, born in 1959), CO-OPStefane Perraud and Aram Kebabdjian (France, born in 1975 and 1978), Black SunYesenia Thibault-Picazo (France, born in 1987), Craft in the Anthropocene


Global warming is everyone’s business. The limit to 2 ° C through a binding agreement uniting nations met at the 21th UN Climate Conference to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015, it is the hope of containing rising Water, food insecurity, extinction of species, ocean acidification or the disappearance of systems’ unique and threatened “like coral reefs. Without the involvement of all the negotiations that will take place at the end of the year can not succeed. The artists nominated for the Prize in 2015 COAL imagined collective projects, citizens, local and global scales, solutions developers, stories, warnings and models involved in awareness and action.Three groups of artists strive to change our daily individual impact on climate change by reversing the laws of consumption and living. Livin Studio, Austrian artist duo Katharina Unger and Julia Kasinger, develops a prototype Fungi Mutarium mycelium culture capable of degrading persistent toxic waste by transforming them into edible biomass. FICTILIS, consisting of Timothy and Andrea Furstnau Steves offers meanwhile, with participative installation True Cost Market, a grocery store where every product is sold its real price, once built the cost of its environmental and social externalities. The circle is complete, with the Temple of Holy Shit, the Collective Disaster dedicated to recycling of human bodily waste. A transdisciplinary and collaborative project that reminds us with humor that we are all producers of fertile ground, a real alternative to agricultural chemical inputs.

The energy, scientific speculation and the time scales are the main concepts of human impact on the climate that fuel the imagination of artists. Julie Navarro initiates us with Sundew, an aesthetic journey on human relationships and landscapes, along the Limousin bogs. These geological formations act as true “sink” of carbon and contribute to natural climate regulation. The artist and the writer Stefane Perraud Aram Kebabdjian lead us in turn in a futuristic fiction where the first prototype of a photovoltaic ice pump designed to contain global warming would have been born. The Black Sun appears as a monument to the ambivalent scientific utopia and uncertainty of our energy transfers. The Anglo-French artist Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, also explores the possible fictions of a future with geology of Craft in the Anthropocene, a draft design on speculative soils and anthropic resources of tomorrow.

Our destructive behavior requires a new ethical and political utopia quest based on the common theory, sharing of resources and wealth, collaboration and citizen start. English, Alex Hartley approached by imagining a utopian space, without borders and without jurisdiction, dedicated to free thought. Nowhere is an island, not a place, consisting of all the commons that exist today outside laws and regulations of the 196 nations of the world. The extraterritoriality seems the only possibility to think a united humanity and peace. From global to ultralocal, there is a step that crosses Monte Laster with CO-OP, an aesthetic and democratic project, which asks how art can be a vehicle for action and reflection on living together throughout the territory of the Seine-Saint-Denis. Artists also intend to raise awareness and put pressure on the negotiators. Mergitur sed Regurgitat the New York collective Mare Liberum, combines poetry and creative activism. Echoing the motto of the city of Paris “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” (It is tossed by the waves but does not sink), they will sail during the COP21 on Archipelagist, a paper boat that has the ability to flow and to resurface. Powerful metaphor of climate change and our power to act …The registered art historical revolutions in our collective imagination. Because we all hope that COP21 will make history, MELD, which brings nearly fifteen artists, created the Climate Change Hip-Hop Opera a total art project to permanently include the struggle against climate change cultural and aesthetic history.

The winner of the Prix Art et COAL Environment 2015 will benefit from a grant of 5,000 euros and a residence in the area of Belval (Ardennes), owned by François Sommer Foundation .

Hortense Le Calvez and Goussin Mathieu
(France, born in 1988 and born in 1985), 2.0 Corals
Nicolas Floc’h (France, born in 1970), productive StructuresJérémy Gobé (France, born in 1986), MOSE / LatistellataElsa Guillaume (France, born in 1989), coral CosmographieHenrik Håkansson (Sweden, born in 1968), The Coral SeaMrugen Rathod (India, born in 1982), Untitled

The winner of the special prize Oceans leave for a month in residence on Tara as part of the mission of Tara on the coral – ” coral reefs facing global change on the planet “- to be held in the Pacific Ocean 2016 2018.


Claude Anthenaise, chief curator of the Museum of Hunting and Nature

Agnès b., stylist

Elodie Cazes, coordinator of the art collection agnès b.Philippe Cury, oceanographer

Anne Ged, director of the Paris Climate Agency

Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou MetzPRIZE CEREMONY 2015 COAL MUSEUM OF HUNTING AND NATUREThe ceremony will take place in 2015 COAL Price 17 September 2015 at the Museum of Hunting and Nature, which runs until 26 September installing a meteorological history, food and revolution of the artist Asa Sonjasdotter, COAL Award winner in 2014.


Image Credit: © Julie Navarro, Sundew, peats, 2015 Gifts of rain


WATER IMBALANCE — A Visual Conversation

March 18 to April 1, 2015

Open every day, 8 am to 10 pm

ASU Art Building, 900 S Forest Mall

Tempe, AZ 85281 

Curated by Danielle Eubank and Sandra Mueller, the “Water Imbalance” exhibition is set to coincide with the 2015 Balance UnBalance Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe from March 27-29, 2015. The eight women artists in the exhibition work in a variety of media including painting, photography, drawing and installation. The artworks speak to the preciousness of water—especially in women’s lives—and the considerable impact of drought. Short written statements by each artist challenge viewers to consider their own ideas about the imbalance of clean, available water without an apparent solution. The conference brings multiple disciplines together with participants coming from 24 countries to the ASU campus. The conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ aims to provoke discussion and reflection on how our climate is changing and what our future might hold.

Participating artists: Kim Abeles, Sukey Bryan, Eco-Art Collective, Elizabeth Damon, Danielle Eubank, J. J. L’Heureux, Sandra Mueller and Melissa Reischman.

Danielle Eubank is a painter, curator, expedition artist, adjunct faculty member at University of La Verne and a 2014-15 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been shown in Europe, Asia and the US. She received her MFA from UCLA. Sandra Mueller is a interdisciplinary artist, editor/writer and curator whose work, which focuses on the intersection of ecology and feminism, has been shown throughout the Pacific Rim. The duo met while working in interactive media more than 20 years ago and re-connected at a 2010 ecology conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.


CSPA Director Ian Garrett to speak at Rice University on Thursday, March 26

Ian Garrett Headshot-4-2014CSPA Director Ian Garrett to speak as part of the The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2014-15 in the Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Ian Garrett
Arts, the Environment and Sustainability in the Near Future

March 26, 2015
7-9:00 p.m.
Hamman Hall (reception to follow talk)

Ian Garrett is assistant professor of ecological design and performance at York University in Toronto.  He received his BA in architectural studies and art history from Rice University and his MFA in producing and lighting design from the California Institute of the Arts.

Garrett is a designer, producer, administrator and educator. He is assistant professor of ecological design for performance at York University in Toronto, co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and resident designer at the Indy Convergence. He is a member of USITT, OISTAT and ADC, and is associate curator for the US entry into the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He serves as Vice chair of the Board of Trustees for DanceUSA, the national service organization for professional dance in the US.

He has many active projects for which he is serving as a designer and systems consultant, most recently the set and energy capture systems for Vox:Lumen, a full length dance production which premiered at the Harbourfront Centre in March 2015. He designed the video systems of DTAH Architects’ installation for the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Toronto Site, and was the designer for the lighting team of Crimson Collective’s Ascension at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival. He received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for his lighting of Permanent Collection, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and lit Song of Extinction (Moving Arts), the 2008 LA Weekly Production of the Year.

Garrett has chaired the conferences Sustainability in Theatre and Staging Sustainability, 2014, and served as sustainability coordinator for World Stage Design, 2013. His writing includes the chapters The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production, published in Readings in Performance and Ecology, from Palgrave McMilian, and the paper Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. His essay Art, the Environment, and Sustainability, is one of ten commissioned monographs being released by Americans for the Arts this year looking at the future of the arts in the US.

logo_rice3This Arts in the Humanities lecture is a collaborative partnership with the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, the Rice School of Architecture, the Humanities Research Center, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS).