Arts & The Environment

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The use of the arts to illustrate complicated issues related to the environment can inspire thousands of people to take action who would not otherwise.

Researchers have found that artist-created visualizations of complex scientific concepts not only help the general public better understand--the help the scientists themselves understand the meaning of the data and devise next steps.

The way complex concepts like climate change and sustainability of the environment are presented is crucial in convincing people of the urgency. Using the arts can drastically increase comprehension.

Kendler, J. and E. Corr (2016). "How Artists and Environmental Activists Both Do Better Together." Creativity Connects. Retrieved 4 May 2018 from….

Wilson, S. (2002). Information Arts: Intserctions of Art, Science, and Technology. MIT Press: 37.

Jacobsen, E. Comment on "The 60,000 Fallacy." Retrieved 4 May 2018 from


Solstice Spectacle

Disputanta, Kentucky

The Solstice Spectacle was a 10-day artistic residency that culminated in a series of outdoor theater performances, poetry readings, and farm-fresh meals for the local community as well as guests.

The Fargo Project serves a bridge between local government and artists, neighbors, engineers, landscape architects, and ecologists as they work together to design a solution to storm flooding that is socially responsible.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection are sponsoring 3 local artists to create public art that heightens awareness of today's climate crisis, promotes an environmental


Arts. Environment. Sustainability. How Can Culture Make a Difference?

Mary Ann DeVlieg Mary Ann DeVlieg
Publication Year: 2010

This research paper and report on a 2010 summit convened by the Asia-Europe Foundation provides a variety of examples of current and future practice at the arts/environment/sustainability intersection.

Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerte Envirnomnetal Progress

Helicon Collaborative Helicon Collaborative
Publication Year: 2018

The goal of this field scan is to understand and frame how place-based arts and cultural inter-ventions, or “creative placemaking,” can advance sustainability outcomes in the context of community development. We focused on the U.S. context, although


American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to cultivate the arts and sciences.

ArtPlace America

ArtPlace was a creative placemaking hub that includes a variety of resources on key areas of focus.

Center for Art + Environment

The CA+E is an internationally recognized research center housed by the Nevada Museum of Art dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. It also hosts an annual Art + Environment conference.

The Arts & Social Impact Explorer was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

This fact sheet was developed as part
of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer