Climate change is an emergency that demands immediate, responsive mobilization according to artists and performing artists of the A4E Collective [Artists for the Earth Collective, housed within CEC]. A4E members proactively reach out with community education through their art work and most especially, climate change-themed art exhibits, related gallery talks, etc. Check them out:
"Art in a Climate of Change" - a month-long themed art exhibition from 15 March to 2 May 2021 at *The Blank SL8 Gallery, 10 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601 [for map, see eventbrite link for 22 March closing reception tickets].
"Artists for the Earth" - a month-long member art exhibition TBA 2021 at **Prana Rx Tea House & Gallery, 4701 SW College Rd Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474
"Reflections on Changing Climates" - a month-long A4E exhibition kicking off the "UN Earth Day in Gainesville Event" at Black C Art Gallery in Gainesville.
Gallery talks and gallery based events create new opportunities for climate change advocates to partner with the arts in spreading their message. Most prominent among these are Physicians for Social Responsibility [PSR]; joined by Elders Climate Action, Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, Laudato Sí Generation, etc.
Events in the series include:
6 - 9 pm, 26 March 2021 - Gainesville Arts Walk reception & open house “Art in a Climate of Change” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
1 pm, 12 March 2021 - “PSR & the CDC on Art, Climate & Health” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
3 pm, 15 March 2021 - “Art in a Climate of Change: an exhibition overview” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
7 pm, 22 April 2021 - “3 Artists Changing Climates: Jean Arnold, Bridget Cohen, & Gina White” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
3 pm, 23 April 2021 - “Kuno: syncretic artist in a changing climate” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
3 pm, 24 April 2021 - “Changing Artists: Mike Donovan, Debbie Gilbert” at Blank SL8 in Gainesville.
7 pm, 22 March 2021 - Ticketed Closing Reception & Silent Auction at the Blank SL8 Gallery - The Host Committee includes PSR members: Randy Batista, Dr. Cliff Cockerham, Dr. Sherry Cummings, Dr. Barb Kilbourne, Dr. Linda Lanier, and Dr. Todd Sack.
A4E members showing in these exhibitions include:
Cliff Cockerham Climate Ambassador, Physicians for Social Responsibility; volunteer, Artists for the Earth, Earth Day International; volunteer, World Citizen Artist
Debbie Burke Gilbert
Kuno [James Martin]
***Culminating events on 22 April 2020 may be found on the international Earth Day calendar for Ocala and Gainesville, FL https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/
To be eligible to join the A4E Collective at CEC, artists & performing artists must already be a member of Artists for the Earth, the international organization of artists committed to supporting the global Earth Day Network.
Some commendable like-minded efforts include: