An art exhibit and month-long series of cultural and educational events in Lawrence, Kansas, intended to bolster a community conversation about climate change and what we can do about it. Sponsored by the USDAC-Lawrence Field Office and Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS) with Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and the Lawrence Percolator.

“Heating Up: Artists Respond to Climate Change”

Final Friday opening on Mar. 25, 2016 5-10 pm.                                                                         Mar. 25 – Apr. 23 on Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm                                                        Lawrence Percolator (in the alley east of New Hampshire St. between 9th St. & 10th St)

Art exhibit will include the work of dozens of local and regional artists, poets, and performers.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/234496763552499/

“How Can We Work Together on Climate Change?”

Sun. Apr. 10, 3-5pm, Parker Hall, Rm. 110,                                                                                   Haskell Indian Nations University, Parker Hall, Rm. 110                                                            Free and open to the public

A panel discussion that brings together five panelists with an exciting combination of expertise on climate change, activism, culture, and the arts: Saralyn Reece Hardy, Director of the Spencer Museum of Art; Thad Holcombe, retired Ecumenical Christian Ministries Campus Minister at KU, Moderator for LETUS; Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence; Jay T. Johnson, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Geography and Atmospheric Science at KU and directs KU’s Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology; Dan Wildcat, professor at Haskell Indian Nations University and Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1054674264553654/

“Mrs. Noah in Poetry and Dance”

Fri. Apr. 15, 2016                                                                                                                                   Lawrence Percolator                                                                                                                             Performances at 7pm and 9pm

A collaborative performance by poet Elizabeth Schultz and dancer Joan Stone; performance includes Stone’s insightful dance interpretations of Schultz’s poems that reflect on the relationships among humans and animals; Stone and Schultz are both retired scholars from KU.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/185354768504586/

“A Change in the Weather: Writing From Climate Change Art”

Sun. April 17, 2-4pm                                                                                                                Lawrence Percolator                                                                                                                             Free all-ages, children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. No sign-up needed, please plan to attend the whole workshop so that we can co-create a circle of deep creating, sharing, and reflecting.

A writing workshop led by former poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and naturalist/writer Ken Lassman; participants will consider their own “internal and external weather” in relation to climate change by dwelling among the art as a key writing prompt.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674153926184437/

ADDITIONAL RELATED EVENTS

Spencer Art Cart “Landscape Transformations” is a drop-in activity station sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art for families and other groups inviting participants to learn how to create a landscape pencil drawing inspired by works in the Spencer’s Classroom Collection, and watch it transform with water; Sat. Mar. 12, 2016, 1:30-4:30pm, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. For more info: http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/programs/family.shtml

Hang-12 “Affecting Change” includes art made by teens using repurposed materials, coordinated by the Lawrence Art Center’s youth curatorial board Hang-12; Final Friday opening on Mar. 25, 5-8pm, Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St, runs through Apr., open Tue. – Fri., 10am-4pm (Thurs. in Apr. 10am – 8pm). For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Hang12Artgroup/?fref=ts

Eco Ambassadors “Haskell Wetlands Restoration Day” invites the public to join this Haskell student-led workday of seeding and planting to help restore the Haskell Wetlands, on Saturday April 16, 2016, 10am-2pm. Bring gloves and gardening/landscaping tools. Directions: Come straight on Massachusetts St. heading S., continue S. past Indian Health Service. Massachusetts St. turns into W. Perimeter Rd. so keep going and follow road around campus until you get to the intersection of W. Perimeter Rd. and Barker Ave. Dr. Then turn right onto Barker Ave. Dr. (you are going south), go straight and you will run right into the wetlands access gate. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/haskellecoambassador/?fref=ts