Why We Won’t Just Leave: What Alaska is Telling the World About Climate Change
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 | (310) 822-9560 | SPARCinLA.org
A Virtual Gallery Exhibition on Community Responses to Climate Change
Los Angeles, CA, February 27, 2021 - Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and climate change impacts range from melting permafrost releasing methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, infrastructure eroding into the ocean, compromised survival of animal species, and changing subsistence patterns affecting food security. Changes in Alaska’s landscape have a global impact. Why We Won’t Just Leave: What Alaska is Telling the World About Climate Change is a virtual exhibition curated by Lindsay Carron and presented by Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) that highlights the responses of Alaskans to their rapidly changing environment. This exhibition delivers messages that are key for us all if we are to reverse climate catastrophe and cultivate a healthy, vibrant future for generations to come. From activists delivering testimonies in D.C. and artists revealing truth with beauty, to scientists studying methane released from melting permafrost, Alaska has a message for the world.
Why We Won’t Just Leave features portraits, paintings, photography, stories, and video profiles of 20 artists, activists, researchers and community organizers responding to climate change in Alaska. Join us for a virtual gallery opening and curatorial talk by Lindsay Carron on Saturday, February 27th, 2021 at 4:00 PM PST. RSVP online at www.SPARCinLA.org/why-we-wont today.
On View: February 27th to April 10th.
Virtual Exhibition Opening & Curatorial Talk:
Saturday, February 27th | 4:00 PM PST
Learn more and RSVP at www.SPARCinLA.org/why-we-wont Free Event
Artworks (Left to Right): Keri Oberly, Photograph of Quannah Chasinghorse Potts and Jody Juneby Potts, 2020 (Partial View); Bill Hanson, Broken Blue Ruins at Low Tide, Digital Image from series “Southeast Alaska: Changing Climate, Changing Landscapes, Changing Life” (Partial View) and; Apay’uq Moore, Gram and Girl, Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 (Partial View).
The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) has provided arts programming in Los Angeles communities since 1976. Our mission is to empower local communities by producing and preserving public artworks that are developed in collaboration with residents; and to facilitate innovative arts programs that encourage audiences to imagine a more just and equitable world.
I need your support to bring Why We Won’t Just Leave to local and global audiences through virtual curation and programming this February through April. Your solidarity and support make it possible.
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law through SPARC 501(c)(3) tax ID.
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Cacophony of Coexistence, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council – Juneau, Alaska
It Takes a Village, California Wolf Center – Julian, California
Tangents, Fountain Art Fair, Armory Show Centennial – New York, NY
All Is Twisted, Fountain Art Fair, Miami Art Basel – Miami, Florida
Selected Group Exhibitions
Wilderness:Alaska, Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University, Riverside, California
Art in the Arctic, Venue, Fairbanks, Alaska
Water, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California
Pepperdine Alumni Art Showcase, Payson Library at Pepperdine University – Malibu, California
Mama Earth, The Convent – San Francisco, California
Altar to the Kingdoms, Mystic Journey Crystal & Fine Art Gallery – Venice, California
Women of the New Contemporary, Artists Republic Gallery – Anaheim, California
Bad As* Women, Muramid Mural Museum – Oceanside, California
Drawing Down the Moon, Gallery 800 – Historic Lankershim Arts Center, North Hollywood, California
Politics of the Plate, Avenue 50 Studio – Highland Park, California
Bad As* Women, a Celebration of Women Artists on International Women’s Day, Muramid Mural Museum – Oceanside, California
Spring Art Auction, Bid27, Think Tank Gallery – Los Angeles, California
Branded Arts, Benefit Art Show, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, California
Dreams, Create:Fixate Graffiti/Fine Art Collaboration, Lot 613 – Los Angeles, California
Peace, Love & Understanding, The Peace Project via The Whole 9, Traveling Exhibition
Constellations, Create:Fixate, Lot 613 – Los Angeles, California
I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours, Suede Studios – Los Angeles, California
The American Inquisition, Rothick Art Haus – Anaheim, California
Salon Masse with En Masse, Gallerie Pangee – Montreal, Quebec
Mind the Art, Fountain Art Fair, 69th Regiment Armory – New York, New York
Faces of Legacy The Council Series Presents: Culture as a Cause, Native Artist Panel
Alaska Native Heritage Center – Anchorage, Alaska
Art and Water for All, Ma-Kah Water for All Benefit Art Show – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
KALEIDOSCOPIC, Senior Thesis Show, Weisman Museum – Malibu, California