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2021 Creative
Climate Awards

September 26th - October 24th, 2021

Virtually and throughout NYC

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: Ruth Ava Lyons


A monthlong festival of virtual conversations, screenings, artist talks, and a citywide exhibit.


9 New York City artists, 8 health experts, and 11 international filmmakers making connections at the intersection of creativity, health, and climate. 


Installations and artistic interventions across NYC, virtual screenings, and in-person film screenings at Pioneerworks and more!


This year's mentors include creative leaders from the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora, Children’s Museum of NY,  and All Arts a program of WNET/PBS.



In order to support our NYC-based artists and to address the ongoing health and community concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 CCAs have transformed into a festival of virtual conversations, celebrations, artist talks, and a citywide exhibit. All in-person events will adhere to strict health and safety guidelines. See below to register.

Image: Anat Propper Goldenberg


Our 2021 CCAs bring together New York City artists and international filmmakers to inspire us to see connections between our health and the climate crisis.  We are hosting twenty NYC-based fellows, who represent the diversity of creative and health expertise in our City. Our international call for films resulted in over 600 submissions and 14 selected films coming from ten different countries. Together, these creatives are sharing stories from communities far and wide on how closely our health and wellbeing are connected to the health and wellbeing of our planet.  


Learn more about our artists and see the virtual exhibit below. The top three artists will win cash prizes to support their work. 


Remember to VOTE for your favorite CCA work!  

Image: Patricia Hoeker of Hoek
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 This year, we are working with diverse locations throughout NYC  to transform the 2021 CCAs into a city-wide exhibit and virtual experience. 


Check back soon for this year's locations and take a look at our locations from 2020 CCAs below!  

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Our 2021 Creative Climate Awards mentors are Amy Andrieux (MOCADA), John Kaiser (MFTA), Nellie A. V. Chaban (Children’s Museum of NY), Joe Harrell (All Arts/WNET), Shawna Salmon (Snug Harbor), Eric Schoenborn (Virginia Tech), and Lemon Guo (Recent winner of Palme D’Or at Cannes). They will provide our selected CCA artists with one-on-one career mentoring opportunities to further develop their practice and impact.

Image: Alejandra Corral
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This year’s Creative Climate Awards is powered through Pollinate Art, a community-driven platform and publication for art communities to connect, create, and share. In a time when the in-person experience is still safely emerging, the Pollinate platform empowers artists and art communities to amplify their reach with audiences wherever they may be. Navigate the self-guided activation through their digital app, see the installations, and listen to a note from the artists and organizers.


Thanks to the following for their support of this year's programs; 

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Invoking the Pause

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NY


All Arts WNET/PBS (Media Sponsor)

Pioneer Works

Two Trees Management

DUMBO Improvement District

NYC Department of Transportation Art Program

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