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City as Living Laboratory Sustainability made tangible through the arts

Artists are unique interpreters and creators of environments and experiences in the world that surrounds us. At City as Living Laboratory (CALL), we believe that artists, working in partnership with scientists and civic leaders, can harness their talents to support local communities by increasing awareness of their environmental challenges and inspiring them to take action. Our unique collaborative approach combines community engagement, artistic perspective, scientific knowledge, and civic leadership support to call attention to pressing sustainability issues in local neighborhoods, getting people to care and make a difference.

In 2017, CALL's programs of walks, workshops, and projects, led by artist and scientist teams, engaged hundreds of concerned citizens and community leaders in addressing issues of disaster preparedness, water quality, flood impact, and greening in low-income communities in West Harlem, the Bronx and Chinatown in New York City, Washington D.C., and, Milwaukee, WI.

We need your help to continue CALL's work to make a positive impact on the environment for local communities. Your support will make a difference in helping neighborhoods to live more sustainably.

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In February 2017, CALL held a workshop with more than 40 community leaders, artists, scientists, and neighborhood residents, to discuss environmental challenges in Chinatown, including the pollution impact from the 9/11 disaster, recycling, and the lack of green space. We need funding for project development for local artist/scientist/resident teams.

Design for Plus Space/Emergency Preparedness Information Kiosk

In West Harlem, we continued development of the +SPACE/EPIK (Emergency Preparedness Information Kiosk) with designer, Elliott Maltby, the community organizers, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and with input from residents in the NYCHA Manhattanville Houses. With hurricanes, heatwaves, and floods on the rise, this project is needed more than ever to provide critical information and tools to engage the community and make it more resilient. We need funding for more community awareness programs.

CALL has continued community awareness and advocacy for a project to daylight Tibbetts Brook, which causes flooding and sewer overflows in the Bronx neighborhoods around Van Cortlandt Park, Marble Hill and pollution of the Harlem River. Project leaders include Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi from SLO Architecture, and Theo Barbagianis, Environmental Engineer. In March, Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta, discussed Tibbetts Brook in our CALL Fellows Forum as part of his work on the Welikia project, an endeavor to map the lost wetlands and streams of New York City.

First Artist-in-Residence at the NYC Department of Design & Construction

Mary Miss, Founder of CALL, completed her artist's residency at the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) this summer. She helped DDC to better understand how and where there may be opportunities for artists on project sites or within the agency itself on issues of equity, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy living.

Make an impact on the environment in these local communities with your donation to CALL today.

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Susanna Church
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