We are inviting artists and writers of all ages in our community to help us answer the question:
What does a positive, sustainable future look like?
IMAGINE OUR FUTURE
Pick a point in the near future (10-30 years from now). Imagine that we have stopped making global warming worse. We have found ways to thrive that do not use up natural resources needed for future generations, and that preserve clean air, water, and habitat for ourselves and all the world's inhabitants. We still have to deal with global warming we already caused; we still have work to repair problems from the past, but we're moving in the right direction.
There was no magic cure-all technology that pulled us out of the climate crisis. We don't now have access to some perfect, unlimited source of energy. We had to make changes to how we live, and how we do the things we need and want to do.
And yet, this is not a story of sacrifice. People generally have the things they need. Technologies old and new continue to play a role in how we live day to day. People lead fulfilling lives. They have community, and look out for each other.
In this imagined future, what is different about how we now live our lives? What had to change? Create a piece of writing or visual art that tells us a local story in this positive future. Give us a window, a glimpse, into what life is like.
Art Showcase & Readings
April 22, 2023
Write-Ins & Artist Work Sessions
Writers, bring your works in progress, or start something new. Writers can come together to meet and talk with each other, and then have some dedicated writing time in the company of their peers.
Artists, bring your sketchbooks, your tablets, your art-in-progress, and talk with other artists as you imagine our sustainable future.
We are looking to showcase works that highlight the following ideas:
Smart Energy UseDemonstrating convenient, lower-energy solutions to every-day problems.
Repair and ReuseThings that last through care and repair.
Local FoodAdapting to the seasons, saving energy, and strengthening local resilience
Cooling the CityCountering the urban heat island effect with plants and better design.
Appropriate TransportationFinding reliable, low-impact ways to travel a little or a lot.
Better BuildingsBuildings that are healthy, comfortable, and that minimize how much energy they use.
Renewable Energy ShowcasePowering our lives with minimum impact on the world we depend on.
Prepared for ExtremesThere's a lot left to fix, but we've found ways to take care of each other through the worst of it.
Improving the SoilNurturing the ecosystems in our soils to enhance the things we grow in them.
SufficiencyMore isn't always better. Enough can be plenty.
Stronger CommunityWorking together and looking out for each other, no matter what life has thrown at us.
Make Waste ValuableThe end of one thing is the beginning of another. There is no throwing "away" on a finite planet
Water WiseMaking the most of how we use, and re-use, water.
submitting your art & writing
Submissions will be open in late February. Specific dates will be announced soon.