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Art Is a Hammer – to Protect Our Climate & Communities

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” –Bertolt Brecht

An evening of hands-on arts and stories: Projections, Song, Street Mural and Stories. Participants will show-and-tell ways to use the arts to protect our climate, water and communities and share plans for large-scale arts mobilizing around the Global Climate Action Summit mobilizations in San Francisco in September 2018.

PENNIE OPAL PLANT of Idle No More SF Bay will inform and invite us to join the creative “keep it in the ground” mobilizing leading up to and during the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in early Sept.

Destiny Nolen CALIF. POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN VISUAL ARTS COORDINATOR: Will talk about the Poor People’s Campaign, how they center arts and culture, show some of the flags and banner they are preparing, and say how to plug in and make history.

ARTS FOR CHANGE: N. American Arts Organizer for 350.org and Bridge resident arts organizer and puppeteer, David Solnit will share show-and-tell stories of how arts organizing has been used to win positive changes.

STREET MURAL: Chelsea Ritter-Soronen of Chalk Riot and community organizer-artist Xulio Soriano will lead a street mural on the pavement, using charcoal from the North Bay fires and red-clay-soil. This mural painting is in preparation for REMEMBER & PROTECT CLIMATE FIRE MURAL in Napa commemorating 6 months since the North Bay Fires and calling for solutions to the climate change that fueled the fires.

MOVEMENT STREET ART EXHIBIT: 100 handmade (painted, screen printed, stenciled, etc) flags, banners, signs and big puppets from climate justice and other movements; Standing Rock, People’s Climate march, Seattle WTO, Farmworkers, and more.

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April 15
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Bridge Storage and Artspace
23 Maine Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804 United States
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(510) 233-3348