The COAL + ICE exhibition will be accompanied by a vibrant six-week festival of events—including both World Water Day and Earth Day—that will transform the center of the exhibition into a stage for music, theater, panel discussions, art-making and more, developed by the Asia Society, Kennedy Center, and Georgetown’s Environment Initiative and Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. Featuring new programs each week, interventions by guest artists will engage local, national, and global communities, and invite audiences of all ages to join the climate conversation and seek new solutions. The exhibition and programming is free and open to the public.
In addition to activating the REACH campus, COAL + ICE has joined forces with a wide range of artistic, environmental, and service organizations. While COAL + ICE is on view at the Kennedy Center, these organizations will concurrently present climate-related programs to diverse audiences across all eight wards and the broader DMV region. These collaborations aim to inspire deeper engagement and meaningful dialogue on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communities. Confirmed partners include Rock Creek Park Conservancy, Embassy of Sweden, The Pulitzer Center, Washington Parks and People, and The Union of Concerned Scientists, Women’s Aquatic Network, and Amplifier. Additional partners will be announced soon.
COAL + ICE will also collaborate with Dysturb and the Magnum Foundation to bring #ReframeClimate, a public art campaign, to Washington, D.C. Large-scale photographs focused on climate change will be wheatpasted in a range of high visibility locations across the DMV region, accompanied by an interactive element that allows viewers to learn more about the story behind the image.