A Day of Learning on the Art of Environmental Justice

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 4pm
Location: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10458

Official event of Climate Week NYC!

On September 28, 2019, the Roundtable will host A Day of Learning on the Art of Environmental Justice in conjunction with Climate Week NYC 2019; the event will take place at The New York Botanical Garden. This Day of Learning will be dedicated to exploring ways in which our membership and our larger community of arts in education colleagues are employing artistic practice as a means to inspire community, education, and active awareness of environmental justice issues.

Featuring breakout sessions from Superhero Clubhouse, Artichoke Dance Company, Children’s Museum of the Arts, and The Dream Unfinished!

The event will culminate with the opportunity to attend NYBG’s Climate Change Arts Exchange, a multidisciplinary performance of NYC-based performing arts groups presenting new works related to climate change. The Day of Learning will also take place on the closing weekend of NYBG’s exhibition, “BRAZILIAN MODERN: THE LIVING ART OF ROBERTO BURLE MARX.”

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Questions? Please reach out to Managing Director, Kim Olsen, at kolsen@nycaieroundtable.org.

CLICK HERE to access the Day of Learning Sched or scroll to the bottom of the page.



Member: $40 / Non-Member: $80 / Student: $35 (plus processing fee)

Each registration will include:

  • Catered breakfast and lunch;
  • Specially-curated breakout sessions;
  • Free admission into the Garden and Current Exhibitions;
  • A reserved spot at NYBG’s Climate Change Arts Exchange;
  • A 20% discount off admission to the Garden will be extended to accompanying guests of Day of Learning attendees. (Accompanying guests are also encouraged to attend Climate Change Arts Exchange.)

Please note: Registrants who select the “Student” rate will be required to present a valid Student ID per registration upon check-in.

Online registration will close at 11:55pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.


Breakout Session Descriptions

Lanxing Fu and Jeremy Pickard, Co-Directors, Superhero Clubhouse

Lanxing Fu and Jeremy Pickard, co-directors of Superhero Clubhouse, share their holistic approach to building climate-focused art, community, and curriculum using the tools of theater. In this interactive session, participants will learn how Superhero Clubhouse creates structures for cross-disciplinary collaboration, incorporates climate justice into organizational frameworks, and leads projects like the Big Green Theater eco-playwriting program for public elementary schools. Participants will practice some of the core tools of eco-theater (Impossible Questions, Imposed Limitations, Tangible Hope) and consider how these tools may apply to their own work.

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Lynn Neuman, Director, Artichoke Dance Company

This experimental workshop will use individual movement and collective activities to model how water gains force and momentum. These activities mirror the creative process utilized to create the performance work Overflow, which investigates the nature and impacts of Hurricane Sandy. They also engage in Artichoke Dance’s unique approach to contemporary partnering, requiring a balance of strength and sensitivity. These experiences, in doing and viewing, serve as content for examining interconnected systems and effective collaborative action. We will also explore curricular connections with sciences, humanities, technology, geology, and urban planning. Participants will walk away with both exercises and ideas for further development in their classroom.

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Mackie Saylor, School & Community Programs Manager, Children’s Museum of the Arts

In this hands-on workshop, participants will examine the process and outcomes of CMA’s CIVICKIDS, a year-long engagement campaign connecting schools, organizations, and families around the world in civic issues through art. As our 30th anniversary approached in 2018, CMA saw children grappling with big questions that included environmental and social justice topics. We felt a renewed responsibility in our role as artists and educators to find the tools and language needed to address these concerns. In this workshop, participants will explore how CMA’s pedagogy Look, Make, Share functioned as both an art-making process and a tool for inquiry, discussion, and civic action. Participants will learn how CMA programmed projects, connected with national and international partners, and held over 40 CMA CIVICKIDS engagement outposts across the 5 boroughs. Participants will directly apply these techniques by experimenting with CIVICKIDS projects, and they will examine how their own practice as arts leaders can begin meaningful conversations through art-making.

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Eun Lee, Executive Director, The Dream Unfinished

The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra which uses classical music as a platform to engage dialogues around issues of social and racial justice. Join The Dream Unfinished’s Executive Director, Eun Lee, as she shares highlights from the orchestra’s recent season on environmental activism, examples from other organizations of student-centered responses towards environmental issues, and sample activities and creative extensions to implement with students in visual art and music settings.

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Time Event (subject to change)
8:30am – 9am  Registration / Breakfast
9am – 9:45am Welcome!
10am – 11:15am  Breakout Sessions
11:30am – 12:45pm         Breakout Sessions
12:50pm – 1:50pm  Lunch
2pm – 4pm Climate Change Arts Exchange


What is a “Day of Learning”?

Our annual Days of Learning are 1-day intensive learning opportunities that provide specific strategies to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the classroom, in cultural institutions, and beyond. The day’s content is designed to address the specific needs of arts education practitioners and focuses on social justice issues relevant to our unique ecosystem. 

Click one of the links below to learn more about our past Days of Learning:


What is Climate Week NYC?

Climate Week NYC will take place from September 23 – 29, 2019. Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week continues to grow as the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. The anchor events of Climate Week are growing, and the number of events in 2019 is set to far exceed the 150 events of 2018 – the largest ever. Climate Week NYC is run by The Climate Group, the international non-profit focused on accelerating climate action.


For more information, please visit: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/climate-week-nyc-2019


Day of Learning 2019 Sched

View the A Day of Learning on the Art of Environmental Justice schedule & directory.

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