Artists Unite for a Green New Deal — Summer Call Series

Calling all people working creatively for a more just existence on this planet!

Art by Suzy González

Art by Suzy González

During the summer of 2019, the USDAC hosted “Artists Unite for a Green New Deal”—an online call series for anyone looking to get informed, inspired, connected, and creatively engaged in tackling the climate crisis. (Scroll down to access recordings and notes from the calls.)

The Green New Deal is an ambitious proposal that flips our fear of climate change on its head—a proposal rooted in a broad vision of social, economic, and racial equity that turns this emergency in to an opportunity to revitalize our own society and infrastructure, build the foundation of true sustainability, and address longstanding inequalities. 

As artists and cultural workers, we know it’s our job to envision the better world we know is possible—and to invite others to help bring it into being.

Are you eager to connect with others who are thinking strategically about how to address climate change?

Want to bring your creativity to the cause, but not sure how to begin?

Check out all of the documentation from our three-part series of calls with artists, organizers, and thinkers to unpack the policy and science behind a Green New Deal, and to co-create cultural strategy for climate justice. And be sure you’ve signed up on the USDAC list to be informed as we take next steps to move from shared study to collective, creative action.

Access the call recordings, summaries, and documentation below!


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Call 1: Explaining Policy, Exploring Poetics 

Thursday, August 8th — 8PM EST / 5PM PST

Detail from Emily Simon’s live graphic doodle from Call #1.

Detail from Emily Simon’s live graphic doodle from Call #1.

[READ THE CALL #1 SUMMARY HERE.]

How do healthcare and jobs help fight climate change? How does addressing climate change upend inequality and deliver justice in our time? The Green New Deal is a proposal for a decade of legislation that takes on many of the interlocking crisis of our time. It’s ambitious and complicated—but as artists it’s our job to see and help activate its inspirational potential. 

On this call we’ll de-wonkify some of the policy concepts of a Green New Deal and celebrate our role as artists to find the poetry in the policy.  How can we help our communities see the artistry amidst all the details, and invite the public to dream and fight for the policies that deliver climate justice for all? 

Guest Presenters:

  • Pablo Akira Beimer, Climate Reality Project

  • Priya Mulgaonkar, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

  • Rajiv Sicora, The Leap

Click here to read a summary of Call #1

Want to access the call recording, speaker presentations (including the Briefing Document from the USDAC's Bureau of Energy, Power, and Art!), and the full graphic doodle from the call? Just click the button below and we’ll email you the Call #1 Recap Bundle!


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Call 2: Science Facts & Science Fictions

Thursday, August 22nd — 8PM EST / 5PM PST

Detail from Emily Simon’s live graphic doodle from Call #2.

Detail from Emily Simon’s live graphic doodle from Call #2.

[READ THE CALL #2 SUMMARY HERE.]

What will happen if we don’t take action on climate change? The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report presents different visions of the future depending on the action and policies that we take. These visions range from an equitable utopia to a fascist dystopia. Join us to learn about the science behind climate change predictions, and to hear stories of creative leaders who imagine with their hands, creating the best case scenarios for a just climate future through their visions and community work. 

Guest Presenters:

  • Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson

  • Demetrius Johnson, The Red Nation

  • Ananda Lee Tan, Climate Justice Alliance

  • Carrie Marie Schneider, Artist

Click here to read a summary of Call #2

Want to access the call recording, speaker presentations (including the Briefing Document from the USDAC's Bureau of Energy, Power, and Art!), and the full graphic doodle from the call? Just click the button below and we’ll email you the Call #2 Recap Bundle!


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Call 3: Building Strategy and Co-creating Culture

Thursday, September 5th — 8PM EST / 5PM PST

[READ THE CALL #3 SUMMARY HERE.]

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Artists are the storytellers, visionaries, and the heart of our movements for change. You’ve learned about the nuts and bolts of a Green New Deal: now it’s time to strategize about how we can all be a part of making it real. On this call, we’ll hear from movement organizers and arts and cultural workers who are rolling up their sleeves to make the Green New Deal a reality. Then, we’ll share opportunities to plug into next steps with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and other partners.

Guest Presenters:

  • Ronee Penoi and Tara Moses, Groundwater Arts

  • Josh Yoder, artist and illustrator with Sunrise Movement

Click here to read a summary of Call #3

Want to access the call recording, speaker presentations (including the Briefing Document from the USDAC's Bureau of Energy, Power, and Art!), and the full graphic doodle from the call? Sign up below and we’ll email you the Call #3 Recap Bundle!