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Can Art + Science Solve Climate Change? STL’s Pulitzer Seeks Collaborations

The Pulitzer, photographer David Johnson

What is St. Louis doing to combat climate change? And how can art and design move those plans forward?

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to publicize ongoing efforts and encourage new collaborations inits Marfa Dialogues competition. Winners will receive $2,500 and the opportunity to display their ideas in a public forum, which may take many forms, including exhibitions, readings, concerts and film screenings.

The contest, in conjunction with the Ballroom Marfa cultural arts space and the Public Concern Foundation, has already taken place in New York and Marfa, Tex.

The Pulitzer Foundation was inspired by the environmental elements of its current exhibition, “Art of Its Own Making,”  to launch the quest for proposals in St. Louis. Organizers are currently having conversations with numerous local groups trying to find solutions, according to the Pulitzer’s manager of programs, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer.

“There are people working at Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Zoo, the Science Center and biotech companies,” Fleischmann Brewer said. “We’re trying to aggregate all that together and put a creative spin on it.”

The end goal extends beyond getting people to talk about climate change.

“We hope it will produce action, where people will say, ‘OK, as an individual, how does my daily routine impact climate change and what can I do to change that on the smallest scale?’” said Fleischmann Brewer.

The deadline for applying is April 21. Details and application information can be found at this Pulitzer Foundation link.

Winners will be selected in May with projects announced in June. The public programs will run July 30 through Aug. 3.

Kristin Fleischmann Brewer explains the Marfa Dialogues project on STL TV.

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.