The Arts, Health, and Climate Roundtable was hosted by Lincoln Center at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on September 19, 2023. The roundtable convened artists, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the role of the arts in addressing the health impacts of climate change and culminated in a reading of the play Transmission by Kevin Matthew Wong. Seventy-eight attendees from 47 cultural, academic, community, and governmental organizations, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Aeon Collective (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), the Consulate General of Denmark, the British Consulate, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Office for City Council Member Julie Menin, joined the conversation.
This roundtable is part of a series of events that seeks to understand artistic responses to our escalating and interconnected health and climate crisis. We aim to strengthen a network for individuals and organizations working at the intersections of arts, health, an climate and to translate roundtable conversations and research into a policy brief on the role of the arts in mitigating and adapting to the health impacts of climate change.
The roundtable was curated and presented by the Jameel Arts & Health Lab in collaboration with the World Health Organization during UNGA Healing Arts Week 2023.
Image: Degrees of Separation by Sudanese painter Almigdad Aldikhaiiry (2019)