Climate data, no matter how urgent a picture it may paint, has limited utility unless communicated in ways that encourage engagement and create space for comprehension, dialogue, and action. Seeing Climate will focus on strategies to communicate climate impacts such as sea level rise and storm-driven flooding through creative media including site-specific installations and public art. We will discuss engaging stakeholders through art-making and design workshops, creating public art, public outreach, and conveying difficult information and topics such as managed retreat. Case studies from Broward County, Florida and Braintree, Massachusetts will be featured. The session format will include a presentation, break out discussions, and a discussion with the presenters.
Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, Founder of Climate Creatives, left a career in architecture to engage stakeholders on climate issues. Her participatory public art, innovation workshops, and STEAM exercises have been used in three countries and have reached over 500,000 people. She sits on advisory boards, mentors, and speaks publicly. Susan attended Harvard College and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. www.ClimateCreatives.com.
Kelly Phelan is a conservation planner for the Braintree Planning and Community Development Department and staff for the Braintree Conservation Commission. She manages several climate-related projects, including a public-private dam removal project as well as a salt marsh restoration and shoreline stabilization project. Kelly has a BA from UMass Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch New England.