September 4-23

San Francisco, CA

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

The COAL + ICE Project is a documentary photography exhibition and climate festival coming to San Francisco this Fall to amplify the conversation about climate change. The documentary photography exhibition is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and features the work of over 40 photographers and video artists from around the world. COAL + ICE visually narrates the consequences triggered by the continued use of fossil fuels, following the trajectory of climate change from the dirty coal mines deep within the Earth, to the vanishing glaciers of the Greater Himalaya. The exhibition culminates in global consequences and an exploration of visionary solutions.

The U.S. premiere of COAL + ICE in San Francisco is scheduled to coincide with Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, and will include a three-week climate festival of dance, music, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invites diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change. 

We are building a strong collegium of partners, including the Global Climate Action Summit, and many cultural organizations, colleges and universities, corporations, and environmental NGOs. We hope you will join us.

Photo Above: Jimmy Chin. Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, 2007. Courtesy of GlacierWorks.


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Photo by Leah Thompson; Michael Tilson Thomas and Yuja Wang.

COAL + ICE at the
San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony will present an environmental themed concert series at Davies Hall, September 13-16. The series will feature Chinese virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, and include Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Photos and video footage from the COAL + ICE exhibition will be projected and suspended above the stage and incorporated into the program.

Photo by Frank Ortmanns; COAL + ICE educational event featuring David Breashears in Shanghai, 2015.

Spotlight on Solutions

Leading up to the Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit, COAL + ICE will host a  two-day series of events, September 11-12, looking at climate solutions from different sectors including green technology innovation, investment, policy, and international collaboration.

Courtesy of Youth Speaks.

Youth Speaks
Spoken Word Competition

COAL + ICE is partnering with Youth Speaks on a national spoken word competition on the theme of climate change. This July, at Youth Speaks’ Brave New Voices competition in Houston, entrants will perform and compete for a chance to win a trip to San Francisco, to perform during a community-wide event at COAL + ICE.

This September climate change takes center stage.