Artful Activism

Artful Activism

Protect What You Love album is out!

Cool Earth – Summer Solstice Parade Ensemble 2018 (1 min video)


Art helps to make our movement inviting, and gives people of all ages and backgrounds a way to participate and draw media attention to important issues. You don’t need experience or particular skills to join us, just a desire to create beautiful and powerful imagery or music, and/or a desire to engage in other creative forms of outreach and networking.

Please let Lisa know if you want to help!

What we do

This workgroup grew out of the coal work group, through its members’ networking with other climate groups and the public, and creating impressive visuals for coal train actions. We began with a huge ensemble in the Solstice Parade in the first couple months after 350 Seattle formed. Since then, we’ve provided art and visuals for all 350 Seattle workgroups and actions, done a lot of networking and coalition work, and launched the community wide Cascadia Climate Action website and calendar (thanks to Mary and the rest of the team for this amazing resource!), We strive to make connections with individuals and communities to ensure that the climate movement is effective and responsive for all of us. We primarily focus our outreach on visual imagery, hands-on activities, messaging, dance, music, and theater…but we’re also open to other creative ideas. We are currently in a growth phase where we are creating teams to take on many aspects of the organizing and welcome you’re participation at any level.

12 Ways You Can Help Us:

1, Create visuals at Public Art Builds
(from one to several per month) with projects for social, economic, and climate wellness, while networking with individuals and other issue groups (there to create visuals for their own actions). Public builds are open to anyone, usually take place at the Fremont Arts Council Powerhouse and sometimes take place in public parks, or other public venues where people can get their first introduction to engagement. People new to activism get to experience how satisfying it can be to do something effective and fun with other people to address the things they are concerned about.

2, Strategizing
about effective imagery choices, and placement for 350 Seattle, and many collaborative actions and coordinating volunteers for all aspects of prop deployment before, during, and between actions.

3, Join a team
to be part making the imagery even more effective at actions and events – the more of us thinking and doing together, the better it will be for everyone!

4, Maintaining a library
of imagery and imagery making supplies which are ready to be used as needed, and tracking who has what at any given time and repair needs, etc…

5, Exploring how to communicate
effectively about climate issues; create messaging to combat fear, powerlessness, and guilt; and engage people’s hearts, curiosity, humor, connectedness, and sense of moral obligation to act in defense of what we love.

6, Outreach
to offer artful activism and other support to front-line community organizations working for climate justice and on social, economic, and environmental issues (needs more development).

7, Street Theater
We’ve done it for exploding oil trains, TPP, gas pump nozzle labels, and the Solstice Parade themes (below), and find it particularly fun and effective.

8, Summer Solstice Parade
climate ensemble (every June): We’ve had large ensembles of up to 200 participants most years where our message has been portrayed in visuals and spoken/sung words (no written words allowed). We focused on coal trains vs. clean energy alternatives in our first year with a transforming coal train and many other props; big money out of politics in our second year; and sHell No! and kayaktivism in the third. We reach 50,000 to 100,000 parade spectators each year, and focus on engaging the crowd with participation and theater.

9, Dance
We’ve collaborated on our first flash mob to Aji and Adonis’ “Big Oil Funk” which has been performed at many venues around town! We’d like to do another, and are also open to other ways dance can be used to invite people to participate and encourage spectators to join the climate movement through fun and community.

10, Music
project to amplify indigenous voices and awaken the heart with beauty: In collaboration with Paul Cheoketen Wagner playing Native American flute and speaking, and inspired artful instigator Denise Henrikson, and many others, we made under 350 batik salmon windsocks and took them to the UN Climate Talks in Paris in December 2015, This project will continue in other venues.

12, Other
types of creative outreach and networking developed by workgroup members according to need and interest.

Discover our Salmon is Life project

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