Utilizing an intersectional lens, collaborate on art-sci public engagement projects that help individuals and communities become more climate resilient.

Climate Change ThinkingCap (2019) by Cynthia Pannucci
The process of researching, designing, and making this wearable art object was how I learned about four of the interconnected and shattering impacts of climate change. [click title-link for details]

I believe in the power of project-based learning (PBL), especially for art-sci “maker” experiences that center people’s feelings alongside factual information. That process can unleash participants’ capacity for action and change, while providing the skills for building emotional and mental resilience to “climate anxiety” and despair.

My current designs for climate change public engagement projects are guided by my vast experience as a seminal leader of the global art-sci field (see “ABOUT” in site-menu), as well as from my artist/ “maker” skills working in various media and situations, which include:

  • mixed-media art
  • interactive art
  • kinetic art
  • environmental art
  • wearable art/crafts
  • silk-screened quilts & wall-hangings
  • curation & organizing art-sci exhibitions
  • designing youth & family workshops
  • adjunct instructor & visiting artist lecturer
  • private client & public art commissions

Today’s youth have the most to lose in our race to create a near-zero carbon future, so we must inspire their project participation, ideas, and feedback. Their enthusiasm is key to intergenerational transference of climate change awareness and action in our communities.

Fishes Feed Us (2007); designed and co-produced by Cynthia Pannucci; included a youth performance sponsored by the United Nations for its World Environment Day activities on the U.N. Plaza, New York City (and online).

If our species is to survive (and thrive) on this beautiful blue planet, we must act with urgency to foster an “all-in” cultural attitude and behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intriguing visual art and maker strategies can attract the public while surprising them with climate change concepts and non-intimidating conversation.

ChangingRoom for Climate (2020) concept design by Cynthia Pannucci for an interactive museum installation.
Water-Strider (1996) by Cynthia Pannucci; an aquatic sculpture being tested in Key Biscayne Harbor off Miami, Florida; envisioned as part of a group art-sci project about renewable energy.

Water-Strider (above) proves how personal vision is a powerful motivator. It took two-years, but I learned about the technologies of solar-cells, marine batteries, side-emitting fiber-optic tubing, and strobe lighting; plus new UV-resistant materials, flotation devices, and bending Plexiglas.

Maker values and skills can empower while supporting the process of becoming a more open, flexible, and confident person through cultivation of the mental skills of: researching, critical-thinking, adaptability, ingenuity, experimentation, collaboration, equity, and compassion.

Climate Change EmergencyCap: Hard Decisions (2021) by Cynthia Pannucci

Transform a baseball cap (above) into a Climate Change EmergencyCap. See my FREE, four-part “How-To” video created so students, parents, teachers, families, or any concerned citizen can make their own Caps… and then initiate ways to use them in their community.

Kids love animals, and empathy from learning about species extinction can seed their dreams of fantasy solutions to save them! It’s critical to acknowledge imagination as the “mother of invention,” and kids will learn terms like: adaptation, mitigation, conservation, biodiversity and habitat loss from their research.

Artificial Reality: Life Raft for Polar Bears (2008) by Cynthia Pannucci is a small, mixed-media sculpture.

I learn about the important discoveries, inventions, and actions people are taking today in response to climate change via online investigative journalism. That, plus the massive climate activism of global youth, and making my climate hats, help me feel hopeful. click here to visit my info-resource listings (Humans/ Nature/ Technology), and TO LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO!