Climate of Creativity

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Connecting the Arts and Environmental Action

November 6, 2019, 9 a.m.−2 p.m. (Doors open 8:30 a.m.)

Hennepin Theatre Trust Event Center, 900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

With a focus on using art as a catalyst for environmental action, this event will connect people working and thinking at the intersections of arts, culture, and the environment. Citing growing urgency related to climate change and human impact on our ecosystems, Hennepin Theatre Trust and the University of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Leadership program present this half-day convening designed to connect and inspire those working on these ongoing challenges.

This event will:

  • Connect practitioners from the arts, environment and public sectors
  • Share current work and key issues that affect environmental considerations (climate change, water rights, etc.)
  • Advance perspectives from a range of experiences and cultural traditions 
  • Inspire participants to promote new ideas and solutions they find most impactful or urgent, including new cross-sector partnerships 

Speaker and Panelists

Keynote Speaker

Stacy Levy, environmental artist, Philadelphia

Recognized as one of the nation’s most exciting and innovative environmental artists, Stacy Levy is a sculpture artist who creates large-scale public installations in rivers, streets, parking lots, airports, and nature centers. Her works appear in major cities including Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington DC, among others, and have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. 


  • Christine Baeumler, Artist in Residence, Capitol Region Watershed District, Saint Paul 
  • Sharon Day, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Task Force
  • Bonnie Keeler, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
  • Kevin Reich, Council Member, City of Minneapolis Council, District 1 


Kristel Porter, Program Director, MN Renewables Now

Process Facilitator

Sandra Agustin, Founder, Creative Navigators

Who Should Attend

  • Artists and arts professionals
  • Environmental and climate change agents and activists
  • Environmental and arts and cultural organization leaders
  • Educators, researchers, funders and policymakers in the arts, environment, and community development sectors 
  • Leaders from cultural, creative, and environmental organizations
  • Educators, researchers, funders, and policymakers

Thank You

This event would not be possible without a generous contribution from the Bush Foundation. Brought to you by the Hennepin Theatre Trust and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies's Arts and Cultural Leadership Program. 

A special thank you to Arts and Cultural Leadership student organizers Benjamin Alfaro, Katherine Henly, and Maureen Long.

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