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Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa [Blog]


Creative approach to climate change

Our project Rethinking Home is focused on looking at climate change in New York and Samoa specifically, but we have participants from throughout the Pacific Islands. Climate change is impacting the entire world though and there are many people who are also engaging this issue. I decided to research other climate change related projects that have been happening throughout the Pacific Islands that were closely related to the arts because of the important role art, dance and music plays in many Pacific Island cultures. As well we have a number of creatively-minded participants on both sides of our project, so I’ve decided to highlight the creative approach to climate change in both traditional and contemporary art and dance.

Tags: Climate Change, Museums Connect, Samoa, pacific ethnology


We are tired-- Reflections on Sandy from Staten Island

We are fighting every day for basic needs. We cope with uncertainty about the future of our houses and neighborhoods. We appeal to insurance companies, aid programs, charitable organizations, community foundations, and government agencies, begging for the assistance that will enable us to recover. Those of us who experienced the most severe flooding and the most extensive structural damage to our homes relyon the kindness of family and friends, which wears our relationships down: after 15 months of staying in the guest room, or sleeping on the couch, or using the air mattress, the temporariness of displacement feels unending.

Tags: Climate Change, Museums Connect, Samoa, pacific ethnology


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