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Working with Water in a Changing World

Symposium: The Art of Science / Science of Art: Working with Water in a Changing World

On Thursday, September 26 on Governors Island, New York we will hold a symposium to explore how scientists and artists can work together to collectively address climate change and water management. The symposium will include a mix of more traditional events and structure, while holding space for an “un-conference” style approach.

On Friday, September 27 we will be convening in Gowanus, Brooklyn to discuss launching an interdisciplinary climate crisis alliance, followed by a tour with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. The 2-day conference will culminate in a salon and discussion that evening. 

Salon: Art of Science/Science of Art: Living with Water in a Changing World

The climate crisis facing our communities demands that we find new ways of working together. Join us for an intimate evening of art, science, culture and engagement as we explore collective action and consider the following questions:

  • How do we account for cultural losses from climate change?
  • How do we empower those that have traditionally been left out of decision-making spaces?
  • What is the role of art and science in addressing the realities of living with water in a changing world?

The salon will bring together artists, scientists, engineers, and community organizers who are concerned about water management in the era of climate change and recognize that this crisis requires us to fundamentally disrupt our decision-making frameworks. This event will provide all participants with a unique space for sharing, listening, learning and being inspired to take action!

A art+science4climate party will immediately follow the salon (after 9:30 pm) and will take place in the same space.

This salon will be at the culmination of the 2-day symposium, Art of Science/Science of Art: Working with Water in a Changing World.

This symposium came together because people came together -- people who are concerned about the state of our world and who want to work together to address climate change, sea level rise, and environmental justice. We are doing this because we recognize that we are at a tipping point and we need all hands on deck to work towards a better future. This means we need to learn how to talk and work with each other -- as artists, scientists, architects, residents, etc. -- and we need to shift how decisions are made and prioritize the knowledge of those most impacted by climate change.

Our goal is to collaborate, to shift the conversation, and to spark action! We recognize that recent predictions on the impacts of climate change mean we have a ticking clock: a decade for radical shifts. We are already seeing the impacts in our communities across the globe. And we need to find better ways to communicate across disciplines/regions/backgrounds and to learn how to be allies in this global struggle.

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This event is part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change program of Climate Week NYC.