March 30: Five Strategies Artists Use to Communicate About Climate Change

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The UAA/APU Books of the Year program invites you to:

Five Strategies Artists Use to Communicate About Climate Change
Wednesday, March 30
1-2:15 p.m. on Zoom
with New York playwright Chantal Bilodeau

The arts can be a powerful tool to communicate the complexity of climate change and its impact on natural ecosystems and on our lives. Unlike scientific information, which mostly engages our intellect, the arts have the ability to engage both our intellect and our heart. Good art creates spaces for difficult feelings, invites reflection, and encourages us to consider new perspectives. It doesn’t promote a specific behavior but opens up avenues for exploration and promotes self-determination. This presentation will look at five strategies artists use to reach their audiences, and the pros and cons of these strategies in terms of intended impact.

Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright. In her capacity as artistic director of the Arts & Climate Initiative, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival. She is writing a series of plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states. In 2019, she was named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine.

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