The 2018 Artists & Climate Change Incubator
New York City
Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 2018
Regular Fee: $425
Early Bird Discount: $375 before July 1 with code EARLYBIRD
Leader: Chantal Bilodeau
The Incubator is open to artists, activists, 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 guest speakers from fields such as environmental humanities, climate science, climate change activism, and visual and performing arts. Work sessions allow participants 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:
- Strategies to engage artistically with climate change
- Ways to take the arts out of traditional venues
- How to develop collaborative projects with non-arts partners
- How to activate audiences and create greater engagement with climate change issues
All sessions will take place in the studio of The Lark at 311 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. Limited to 20 participants. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact us by clicking the email icon on the bottom right corner of the page.
For examples of work at the intersection of art and climate change, visit Artists & Climate Change, an initiative of The Arctic Cycle.
NOTE: Also taking place this summer is the exhibition Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center, one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. Located in New Windsor, NY, Storm King is accessible by train from New York City.
2018 Guest Speakers
Guest speaker bios will be added as speakers are confirmed:
UNA CHAUDHURI is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. A pioneer in the field of “eco-theatre”— plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—as well as the inter-disciplinary field of Animal Studies, in 2014 she published books in both these fields: Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and The Ecocide Project: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Enelow). Her monograph, The Stage Lives of Animals: Zooësis and Performance, was published in 2017 by Routledge Press. Chaudhuri participates in collaborative creative projects, including the multi-platform intervention entitled Dear Climate, which has been presented in New York, Santa Barbara, Troy, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, and the Netherlands. She is a founding member of the artist collective CLIMATE LENS.
MODESTO FLAKO JIMENEZ is a Dominican-born, Bushwick-raised theater maker, producer, and educator. HOLA Best Ensemble Award Winner for 2015. ATI Best Actor Award Winner for 2016. HOLA Outstanding Solo Performer for 2017, NY Times and Wall Street Journal profiled. Flako is best known for original productions and three signature festivals – Ghetto Hors D’Oeuvres, One Catches Light, and Oye! Avant Garde Night! – produced with his company Oye Group. Flako has appeared on TEDxBushwick, Early Shaker Spirituals (Wooster Group), Last Night At The Palladium (Bushwick Starr/3LD), Yoleros (Bushwick Starr/IATI theater), Conversations Pt.1: How To Make It Black In America (JACK), Take Me Home (3LD/ Incubator Arts Project), Richard Maxwell’s Samara (Soho Rep.), Kaneza Schaal Jack & (BAM). Modesto received the 2016 Princess Grace Award Honorarium in Theater. In 2018 he became the first Dominican-American Lead Artist in The Public Theater Under The Radar Festival with his show Oye For My Dear Brooklyn.
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.
JOANNA MENDL SHAW has been choreographing performance works for stages, for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. Founder and Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, Shaw has toured her company throughout the States and Europe gaining international recognition for site-specific performance works that often bring dancers and horses into shared landscapes. The Equus Projects has created commissioned works in 18 States and Europe, including the multi-year, Pullman Project, an immersive community based work in the historic Pullman District in south Chicago. Shaw has taught on faculty at NYU/Tisch, The Juilliard School, Ailey BFA Program, Marymount, Princeton, Mount Holyoke and Montclair State. The recipient of two NEA Choreographic Fellowships and a 2017 NEA for Interdisciplinary Performance, Shaw’s work is funded by the Rockefeller Harkness, Jerome Robbins, O’Donnell-Greene and Oppenheimer Foundations and the Foundation, National Performance Network.
BRANWEN WILLIAMS is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the Claremont Colleges. Her work seeks to document and understand recent changes in our oceans and climate, with the goal to better project our environmental future. She received a PhD in Geological Sciences at the Ohio State University, a MSc in Biology at the University of Quebec, and a BSc in Marine/Freshwater Biology at the University of Guelph. Branwen has spent extensive time in the field, including oceanographic cruises with submersible exploration and shore-based SCUBA diving from the tropics to the poles. Her science research is published in the journals Science, Nature Communications, and Geophysical Research Letters. She is a National Geographic Explorer, and her work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Maine Sea Grant program.