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Cultural Institutions Lead on Climate Action

By Sarah Sutton & Jessie Lund  Note: This information shared during a joint webinar by Sustainable Museums and America's Pledge on May 12, 2020. If you would like to watch a recording, you can do so here. At a time when good news is hard to find, cultural institutions across the country have been leading by example, coming to the aid of their neighbors and… Continue reading Cultural Institutions Lead on Climate Action

Book Review: Museum Activism

Robert R. Janes & Richard Sandell, Eds. , Museum Meanings Series from Routledge. 2019 Museum Activism is a genuine treasure trove of courageous thinkers and inspiring activist museums fostering change in communities worldwide. The research and examples will reinforce your commitment and build your bank of resources if you’re already an activist; and provide the… Continue reading Book Review: Museum Activism

Book Review: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

By Karl Kusserow and Alan C. Braddock. Princeton University Art Museum, 2018 When is a landscape painting not a landscape painting? When viewed from the present vantage point in the Anthropocene. As we all who have read this stunning work report, Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock have rewritten American art history, doing so deeply, broadly,… Continue reading Book Review: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

Lost in the Maelstrom? Reclaiming the Narrative as an Engaged Citizen

If the headlines appear to us as a maelstrom of disparate troubles, then we are missing the broader narrative: our efforts to control the present are distractions from the need to work with the future. As we complain about others, we are failing to acknowledge a powerful protagonist: we as a engaged citizens. We complain… Continue reading Lost in the Maelstrom? Reclaiming the Narrative as an Engaged Citizen

What if we thought of museums as “contact zones” for climate research, education and activism?

Such a fertile idea. About ten years ago I came across the idea of “innovation [happening] in the spaces between domains.” It explained so much about why curiosity, creativity and courage are necessary for creating change, how settings without answers inspire new thinking, and why edges are so important for contact with new people, places… Continue reading What if we thought of museums as “contact zones” for climate research, education and activism?

United States Cultural Institutions Support The Paris Agreement

Courtesy, We Are Still In The New York Times reports that President Trump has just announced the formal process for withdrawing the United States from The Paris Agreement. Those of us who care about the current and future health of the only planet on which we can live are still going to do the critical… Continue reading United States Cultural Institutions Support The Paris Agreement

A Report from Climate Week + Thoughts for Cultural Institutions’ Participation in 2020

What the Heck is Climate Week and Why Should You Care? New York City’s Climate Week is an overlay to a series of high-level (international leader-level) Summits held at the United Nations Headquarters. Thousands of individuals, businesses, associations and countries take advantage of the critical mass of power – brain power and political power –… Continue reading A Report from Climate Week + Thoughts for Cultural Institutions’ Participation in 2020

Save Our Water Summit 2019

Last week I attended a cross-sector event highlighting the progress made in Southwest Florida this last year on water systems health and water quality. It was led by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. President & CEO Rob Moher explained it all perfectly: “This isn’t just for the professionals in the room.  This was really designed… Continue reading Save Our Water Summit 2019