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What Can We Do? Arts Organizations and Climate Sustainability

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Artists have been on the frontlines of environmental and climate activism for decades. Could this be the moment when arts institutions pick up their cue? Join us to hear from longtime leaders in campaigns to build a sustainable art world and learn about Bay Area initiatives helping our arts organizations meet the challenges of the climate crisis. 
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, in collaboration with Art + Climate Action. Virtual Wednesdays is a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

About the Speakers:

Lisa P. Jackson: Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She also leads Apple’s $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, focused on education, economic opportunity, and criminal justice reform — and is responsible for Apple’s education policy programs, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. She has also served as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.
Sarah Sutton: Sarah Sutton is CEO of Environment & Culture Partners (ECP), a non-profit accelerating cultural institutions' leadership in climate action. ECP's flagship collaborative projects are the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, a grant program supporting museums' energy efficiency and clean energy projects; and Culture over Carbon, an IMLS National Leadership Grant researching energy use in museums. Sutton is the Cultural Sector Lead for America is All In, a coalition of subnational organizations supporting the Paris Agreement. She is co-author of The Green Museum and author of Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites & Museums.   Sutton has been an adviser for a new sustainability grants program internal to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a Steering Committee member and Climate Change co-chair, for Held In Trust, a special program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute for Conservation that is shaping the future of preventive conservation profession.
Haley Mellin: Haley Mellin is an artist and conservationist based in San Francisco, California. She founded the Art for Acres not-for-profit in 2018 to support permanent land conservation on behalf of artists and institutions. The initiative has supported 22 million acres of conservation. In addition, Mellin supports carbon calculations for museum exhibitions. Mellin co-founded and the Environmental Council at MOCA, Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include Hudson House, New York; The Journal, New York; Alexander Berggruen, New York; F Houston, Texas; Shoulder, Los Angeles; MoMA Ps1, New York; Bischoff Projects, Germany; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium and Museo Pino Pascali, Italy. She studied at U.C. Berkeley, New York University and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Mellin received a Rhizome commission from the New Museum, New York.
Jessica Silverman: Jessica Silverman founded her eponymous, internationally renowned contemporary art gallery in 2008. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and a BFA from Otis College in Los Angeles. Silverman sat on the San Francisco Arts Commission for nine years. She is a founding member of 8-bridges, a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and a member of the Selection Committee of Expo Chicago. Her gallery represents prominent Californian and international artists at all stages of their careers. Works by the gallery’s artists have been acquired by museums all over the world including Tate (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Reina Sofia (Madrid), MoMA (New York), MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, SFMOMA, and the de Young Museum (San Francisco).

Micki Meng: She is the founder of Friends Indeed Gallery with Eric Li and Nazli Ercan and Patrons for Experimental Progress (PEP) across Hawaii, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. For fifteen years, Meng has worked as a cultural producer, drawing on in-depth knowledge of worldwide forward-thinking trends and her experience facilitating experimental art projects from ideation to launch across major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Istanbul. She is the founder of &Art&, a partnership initiative that brings together the Bay Area arts community, and as of fall 2020 a co-founder of Art + Climate Action.

About Art + Climate Action

Art + Climate Action is a California-based collective uniting nonprofit art spaces, commercial endeavors, art workers, patrons, and artist studios in the fight for environmental justice. Art + Climate Action helps organizations (large and small) take account of their carbon output and provide strategic solutions for achieving zero-emissions practices.

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