Creative Climate Awards: Under My Umbrella

This past Saturday while many New Yorkers and visitors toured Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food festival, Christina Massey enjoyed her afternoon at East River State Park interviewing a group of talented artists and activists. Her topic of discussion, as quoted by her: “how/should the art world itself be adapting to social and environmental changes.”

Christina Massey has worked on multiple short art films and artistic music videos as well as paintings and sculptural objects. She has used her interest in both art and environmental issues to create Under My Umbrella, a physical exhibit and an online video project. Using remnants of broken umbrellas that she has found across New York City after various storms as the frames, Christina has sculpted a physical installation that also incorporates reused and re-purposed fabrics and canvas. The video portion consisted of a series of interviews, which Christina has described as a performance on impermanence and vulnerability to interact with the surrounding public.

The interviewees this past Fall weekend included artist Blane de Croix, curator Linda Weintaub, community organizer Joy Glidden, and artist and activist Jamie Dalgish. They discussed how climate change may affect galleries or studios and the role of art dealers and collectors in promoting social and environmental responsibility.

As this piece is inspired by climate change and the denial and debate upon its existence in reference to the art world’s denial and debate on its future, it has been a great addition to our Creative Climate Awards exhibit at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office gallery near Bryant Park.

Learn more information about Massey’s work at

As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, theHuman 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.

By Milcah Zewdie, 2014 Environmental Leadership Intern, Human Impacts Institute

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