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Creative Climate Awards

An annual global competition and festival, the awards showcase artists creating climate-inspired work that raises public awareness and sparks action. 


Our 2021 CCA 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 500 submissions and 11 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.  



Our Creative Climate Awards celebrate artists and culture creators who engage, educate, and incite action with their creativity. 

Each year, we have an open call for participants in a month long exhibit in NYC. If selected, you will be invited to participate in special events, have your work seen by our mentors, and compete for $2000 in prize money. 

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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.


Take a look at past works below and get inspired to take climate action. Purchase beautiful art and 100% of proceeds support our work. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.  Items are located in NYC.  


Judges, Curators, Mentors

Our Creative Climate Awards judges and mentors are a diverse community of policymakers, activists, culture creators, communications and climate experts.  They select CCA winners based upon artistic merit, climate communications impact, and how well the works inspire action. 

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Melissa West, Vice President of Curation, Visual & Performing Arts, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Betty Yu, Co-Founder, Chinatown Art Brigade

John Cloud Kaiser, Education Director/Gallery Director, Materials for the Arts

Arianna Reyes, Guest Curator, Bronx Council on the Arts

Amy Andrieux, Executive Director at MoCADA - Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art



Marianna Schaffer, Creative Capitol Director of Artist Initiatives

Liba Byer, Director of Global Campaigns, Human Rights Watch

Thimali Kodikara, Series Producer, Mothers of Invention, Doc Society

Rosa Mendez, Director, Office of Environmental Justice, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Noreen Springstead, Executive Director, Why Hunger



 N. Scott Johnson, architect and founding principal of XDEA

Mechthild Schmidt Feist, Clinical Professor for Digital Communications and Media (NYU-SPS)

Christine Arroyo, freelance creative director in advertising and entertainment industry

Stephen Pierson, Executive Director, Art Bridge



Dr. Wen-Pin Hope Lee, award-winning Composer and Professor

Christine Arroyo, freelance creative director in advertising and entertainment industry

Sean Rameswaram, radio producer and host for WNYC

Sabine Marx, Director of Research at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, Columbia University

N. Scott Johnson, architect and founding principal of XDEA

Mechthild Schmidt, Clinical Professor for Digital Communications and Media (NYU-SPS)

Nina Edwards, artist and curator

Emma Zinsmeister, Climate Change Program Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.



Emma Zinsmeister, Climate Change Programs Specialist, US EPA

Emma Zinsmeister, Climate Change Programs Specialist, EPA

Edward Granger, visual artist and muralist

Amy Purssey, independent curator and writer

Blanca Juti, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Heineken

Lisa Kim, Cultural Affairs Director, Two Trees Management

Nina Edwards, artist



Berndt Arell, Director of the National Museum, Stockholm

Marcia Sells, Associate Vice President, Program Development and Initiatives & Associate Dean, Office of Community Outreach, Columbia University School of the Arts

Karen Boyer, Independent Art Advisor

Lawrence B. Benenson, Principal, Benenson Capital Partners, LLC, MoMa Board Member, Art Collector

Brooks Atwood, Founder & Creative Director of Brooks Atwood Design, TV Host at A&E, Adjunct Faculty at Parsons School of Design

James Hannaham, Associate Professor, Pratt Institute Writing MFA



Maureen Sarro, Owner, Fitzroy Gallery

Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator of feminist art, The Brooklyn Museum

Brian Tate, President, The Tate Group/Co-Founder, Curate NYC

Althea Viafora-Kress, Independent art dealer

Randy Olson, Filmmaker, author of "Don't Be Such a Scientist", and science-story coach

Patrick L. Kinney, Sc.D., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Director, Columbia Climate and Health Program Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University



Evan Van Hook

Paul Morris

Colin Beavan, "No Impact Man"writer

John Fiege, filmmaker




Lana Wilson filmmaker and Film and Dance Curator, Performa

Michael Nieling Owner, Creative Director, Ocupop and Professor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Amy Braunschweiger Senior Web Communications Manager, Human Rights Watch.

Brice Lalonde, former Environment Minister of France