The 2019 Artists & Climate Change Incubator - Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska
Monday-Friday, May 27-31, 2019
Fee: $385
Leader: Chantal Bilodeau

For the first time this year, we’re happy to offer the Incubator in New York City AND in Anchorage! The program will be similar in both locations but we’ll feature different guests speakers in order to take advantage of, and promote, local knowledge.

The Incubator is open to artists, activists, scientists, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. All disciplines are welcome and individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities are encouraged to attend. The Incubator is an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives.

During this 5-day intensive, participants interact with accomplished guest speakers from fields such as environmental humanities, climate science, climate change activism, and visual and performing arts. Work sessions allow everyone to dig deep into the challenges and concerns of working at the intersection of arts and climate change such as embracing activism without sacrificing personal vision and artistic integrity, letting go of the idea of "product," and bringing the arts to non-traditional audiences. Group exercises and discussions cover a range of topics including:

  • How to think about climate change as a systemic issue

  • How to effectively engage communities

  • How to take the arts out of traditional venues to reach underserved populations

  • How to develop collaborative projects with non-arts partners to achieve specific goals

  • How to reframe climate change narratives to energize audiences

Limited to 20 participants. 

All sessions will take place at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. (As an option, the University of Alaska, Anchorage makes their student housing available to visitors in the summer.)

For more information, contact us by clicking the email icon on the bottom right corner of the page.

For the Incubator in New York City, click here.

For examples of work at the intersection of art and climate change, visit Artists & Climate Change, an initiative of The Arctic Cycle.

Read our blog post Bringing the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences Together to Address Climate Change published by Future Earth to find out how the Incubator started.

The incubator was a truly transformative experience for me that has radically reshaped the way I understand my role as an artist in addressing the climate crisis.
— Eliana Dunlap, participant, 2018 Incubator


Guest Speakers

Guest speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. For a taste of what to expect, see the guest speakers who participated in the 2018 Incubator in New York City.


JEREMY PICKARD is the founder and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a NYC-based community of artists, scientists, and environmental professionals invested in a long-term experiment to understand how theater can help shift consciousness in the face of global climate change. Jeremy wears many hats including director, producer, playwright, and performer. He is the lead artist of The Planet Plays, a series of nine interconnected stories about people and climate change, as well as other works of eco-theater including Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century! and Salty Folk: An Oyster Musical. Since 2010 Jeremy has been the Program and Production Director for the annual Big Green Theater eco-playwriting program with The Bushwick Starr. His essay "On Eco-Theater" is published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich.