The Arts as Climate Change Activism
Saturday, March 24, 2018
5pm at Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater, Brandeis University Campus
What strategies do artists use to engage with climate change? Beyond appealing to our senses and emotions, how do they invite us to think about our world and the way it works – or doesn’t? How do they get beyond politics and straight-out activism in order to speak to us on a personal level? The online platform Artists & Climate Change has been featuring artists who engage with climate issues for over five years now. What these artists, and plenty of others, have to say, individually and collectively, can help us conceive of what a just and sustainable future may look like.
CHANTAL BILODEAU is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states – the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action.
She is a recipient of the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as the First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She curates the HowlRound series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change and has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute.