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We are building a creative community addressing the climate crisis through social justice.  


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We use arts and culture to inspire environmental action for social good.


INSPIRE more people
Our Creative Communication programs communicate tough social and environmental topics in creative ways through arts and culture.
Learn through ACTion
Our Learning-By-Doing programs develop your leadership skills through real-life problem solving and community service.  
SHARE resources
Our Curated Actions programs create unique opportunities for you to implement and share your ideas, expertise, and solutions.

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Think Like a Kid


We are excited to share our newest film, Think Like a Kid,  a series of interviews between children and climate leaders from around the world! These kids sat down to ask the adults questions about their experience, but you will be surprised at what we found! 


Help us make more videos like this by subscribing to our YouTube channel. If we reach +1,000 subscribers we will have the opportunity to use the YouTube Space in NYC to create more inspirational videos like this! Click the button below to subscribe today! Thank you for your support!

Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel
Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel
Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel

Keep Our Work Going

Support our work with your purchase of art, experiences, and products.  Your support will help us keep our programs going for 2021. 

Nominate an Indigenous Youth or Womxn Climate Leader

The Human Impacts Institute, together with the Tenure Facility and the Ford Foundation, want your help in amplifying the stories of frontline indigenous and local communities, with a particular focus on womxn and youth, from the global south who can inspire a ‘new normal’, championing resilience and equality in the face of the climate crisis.  

Our ”Climate Crossroads” series will showcase how traditional knowledge can help us redefine how we interpret our relationship with nature and each other, through freshly commissioned works of art. Ten leaders will be selected to highlight what we can learn about resilience, cooperation and interconnectedness as we move towards a post-pandemic world, and their stories will be turned into powerful and moving works of sound and animation.

PBS American Portrait: A Community Forum

2020 is creating great change in NYC. Join the Human Impacts Institute's ED and other NYC thought leaders to explore community vulnerability and sustainability across the five boroughs.

Featuring video from everyday New Yorkers and conversation with community leaders, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT: A Community Forum explores community vulnerability and sustainability across New York City. Tara DePorte, Executive Director and Founder, The Human Impacts Institute; Courtney French, Interim Artistic Director, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; Aniqa Nawabi, Executive Director, Muslim Community Network; Elizabeth Bennett, Executive Director, Staten Island Arts; and Davon Russell, President, WHEDco, will discuss the unique challenges facing New Yorkers today. Moderated by Jenna Flanagan, host of MetroFocus on THIRTEEN, the conversation will also look to solutions for community sustainability.

Check out the 2020 Creative Climate Awards

Nov 15th-December 15th

Virtually and in NYC Storefronts​

Vote for our most inspiring CCA artist>>

The Creative Climate Awards (CCA) are an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate-inspired public works and actions. Over the last decade, CCA has showcased climate-inspired artwork from around the globe, including 194 artists from 31 countries and reached over 200,000 audience members.

Responding to local needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 CCAs are bringing the diversity of NYC creatives, environmental and social justice advocates to your doorstep.  Join us for virtual events and see the artwork virtually and in-person in storefronts across NYC.  

Image: Joyce Hwang and Prathap Ramamurthy with City as Living Laboratory (CALL/WALK)

Imagine There’s a Future...

Wednesday, December 2nd 7-8:30pm NYC | Virtual

Join us and artist Eve Mosher as she discusses the duality of climate grief and climate courage. She will share methods for creativity in showing us the possibility for great change and evolution that we are approaching in a year of tumult, anxiety and catastrophe.

This salon will explore questions such as: How do we create a future which values human relationships and centers justice and car? How do we emerge from this moment as a species more in tune with the ecosystem in which we live?

Together, we will explore the value of imagination, creativity, play and possibility. 

Artivist with Me

Every Sunday at 10am NYC | Virtual

Nov 15th-December 15th


Join our 2020 Creative Climate Awards Artists for a conversation about art, activism, and why they use creativity to inspire action. Tune in every Sunday for three conversations with NYC artists who are pushing artistic boundaries, while combating the climate crisis.

Grab your favorite brunch treats and have a conversation with the Human Impacts Institute's 2020 Creative Climate Awards artists. Learn about their process, their community, and how they use their creativity to inspire social change.

Art & Action Chats

Every Friday at 12pm NYC | Virtual

November 13th-December 18th

Grab a meal and have a conversation with the Human Impacts Institute's 2020 Creative Climate Awards curators and their special guests. Explore the intersection of the climate crisis with issues, such as racial justice, gentrification, waste and consumerism with NYC's leading cultural institutions, policymakers, artists and activists.

Each week will be facilitated by a different CCA guest curator. Join us for them all!

Friday, November 13th: Bronx Council on the Arts

Friday, November 20th: The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA)

Friday, November 27th: WATCH the new, inspiring film, GATHER, with your family! Join our special WEDNESDAY De-colonizing Food in America Thanksgiving Celebration and get the free code.

Friday, December 4th: Materials for the Arts

Friday, December 11th: Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Friday, December 18th: Chinatown Art Brigade

Long-term Thinking in Uncertain Times

Wednesday, December 9th, 7-8:30pm NYC | Virtual

Join us and artist Sarah Cameron Sunde, creator of 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea, co-founder of Works on Water, for a process-based conversation with her current collaborators as they work to build the final work in her 36.5 series in Lenapehoking - New York City.

This salon will dive deep into questions, such as: How do we deepen the work when the pandemic throws us a hard-ball?  How do we go into the unknown and trust in a slow process? How do we work hyper-locally with a global perspective? 

It's Getting Hot in Here! A Climate Action Benefit

Tuesday, December 15th at 7-9pm NYC | Virtual

Join the Human Impacts Institute for our 10th annual Creative Climate Awards closing party! It will be an evening of immersive, virtual experiences, including live performances, mingling with participating artists, and networking with climate superheroes from around the world.

Stay tuned for our line-up and very special guests!

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