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

Once Zoom reaches capacity, you can also view the live stream on https://www.youtube.com/sparcart or https://www.facebook.com/SPARC.ART/

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. 


Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                              


Connection Point, The Canvas – Juneau, Alaska


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

WaterFullerton 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

Curated Projects                                                                                               


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

Museum Exhibitions                                                                                                   


KALEIDOSCOPIC, Senior Thesis Show, Weisman Museum – Malibu, California