As the pandemic has forced institutions, galleries, and artists to reconsider their methods of operation, in October 2020 The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles announced the creation of an Environmental Council, the first for a major art museum in the United States. A range of arts-based resources, councils, and coalitions have continued to develop throughout the past year, advancing their focus on sustainable, climate-aware practices of artists and institutions, advocacy for carbon neutrality and reduction, and environmental justice-oriented programming and exhibitions within the cultural sector. In this panel, artists and co-founders of MOCA’s Environmental Council, Art into Acres, Art+Climate Action, Galleries Commit, and Art to Zero will discuss specific aims, such as reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement and adoption of zero-waste practices. How can the art world reduce emissions and engage more sustainable methods in an adaptive manner that supports engagement from across the art world? This panel is designed to connect the audience with considerations and resources for sustainable practices at a studio, exhibition, and institutional level.
Photo: Courtesy of MOCA
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