Event Recap: NW Climate Arts Organizer Convergence

Last November, twenty arts leaders from climate organizations across Oregon and Washington met for a two-day workshop presented by David Solnit, the lead arts organizer for 350.org, at the Center of Equity and Inclusion in Portland. At the workshop, 350PDX members practiced making flags and banners, large and small, via silk screen and hand painting. Mary Rose introduced the art and science of making a flash mob, and Barbara Ford shared expertise and led a discussion about how to use songs and chants specifically designed for parades and actions.

Theories and techniques were explored about how to create an action that will clearly communicate a specific message and effect change. There were also opportunities for attendees to share art and materials they’ve used at actions, as well as their personal art. Bob Kaminski shares, “We were energized by David’s guidance and the sharing of knowledge by all present.”

Special guest Coreal Riday-White, the Community Engagement Manager for the Eugene-based organization Our Children’s Trust, was in attendance. Her input helped the 350PDX group brainstorm possible language and images to be used in support of Juliana vs. U.S.

Many superb techniques, ideas for events, and guidelines for organizing and growing arts groups were shared. Attendees promised to stay in touch and to support one another’s work by mobilizing and using the arts in as many actions as possible.

Thank you to 350PDX member Donna Murphy who planned and created a delicious menu of soup, salads, and bread for the weekend.

If you are interested in getting involved with the 350PDX Art Team, please reach fill out a volunteer interest form.