On Monday September 15th, 2014, The Human Impacts Institute kicked off its fourth annual Creative Climate Awards. The launch party was a culmination of all hard work and planning put forth by The Human Impacts Institute as well as the artists themselves. There were several pieces of art that came from over seas, as well as shipped from elsewhere in the states. The ceremony was held at TECO, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, which is also the Taiwanese Embassy of New York.
The space will feature all of the Creative Climate Awards 2D work for the entire month of the event.
There were two speakers that opened the ceremony, the first being Paul Wen-Liang Chang, who is the Taipei Ambassador who welcomed The Human Impacts Institute and all guests. He stressed the importance of understanding not only your own carbon footprint, but the carbon footprint of your country as well. Taipei is very conscious of climate change and their influence. Second to speak was Tara DePorte, the founder and Executive Director of HII. She stated “I strongly believe that there needs to be a connection between creative expression and climate change, in order to include many people from many walks of life”.
The opening ceremony was a great way to give all attendees an idea of what is in store for this years awards. In addition to the 2D work, there was a collaborative performance piece featuring the People’s Climate Chorus and Natalie in Motion Dance that was made especially for the event. Following the performance there was time for all of those in attendance to converse with one another as well as view the art.
As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, the Human Impacts Institute’s Fourth Annual Creative Climate Call to Action brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. In an effort to inspire people to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, The Creative Climate Awards program uses creativity to broaden the climate conversation, inspire action, and to combine art and education with diverse climate themes.
See the entire lineup of events for the Creative Climate Awards.