Washington, D.C. Community Partners 2022

In addition to activating the REACH campus, COAL + ICE joined forces with a wide range of artistic, environmental, and service organizations. While COAL + ICE was on view at the Kennedy Center, these organizations concurrently presented climate-related programs to diverse audiences across all eight wards and the broader DMV region. These collaborations inspired deeper engagement and meaningful dialogue on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communities. Check out the digital version of our Community Partners Map here.

Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place SE – Anacostia Community Museum Plaza
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Don’t Get Wasted!

April 9, 2022
11AM – 2PM

Take on the role of a strawberry and try not to get wasted as you journey from farm to fork. Bring the whole family to participate in this 20 min outdoor game about food waste led by a very smart, but silly Strawberry. Players will learn about the daunting journey strawberries take in order to make it to our refrigerators – and the many obstacles they face in order to avoid the landfill. Other kid-friendly activities about food waste will round out the experience, as well as the chance to see the museum’s thought-provoking exhibition: Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington.

Activities will take place both outdoors and indoors. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up, as well as their grown-ups.


Food Justice

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Food for the People: Eating and Activism

Ongoing through September 2022
11AM – 4PM

With every bite of food we eat, we have an opportunity to help remake an unjust and unequal food system.
Do you know where your food comes from? Who produces, processes, and prepares it, and in what conditions? Why is fresh food available in some communities, and not others? And who—if anyone—is responsible for ensuring that everyone has access? Food for the People explores these questions by looking at the greater Washington, D.C., area’s food system, the inequalities that shape it, and the people working to transform it.

Take a deep dive into the food issues of the nation’s capital—past and present—with this outdoor and indoor exhibition featuring artifacts, art installations, videos, and hands-on interactives.


1238 Maryland Ave SW
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March 11–May 30, 2022
Monday–Thursday 1PM – 9PM, Friday–Saturday 10AM – 10PM

PIXELBLOOM merges the digital and physical worlds in a one-of-a-kind dynamic experience inspired by nature’s beauty. As you enter the main 22-minute audiovisual installation in the Immersion Gallery you’ll enter a journey that aims to breathe a new life into cherry blossoms in peak bloom through an explosion of vibrant colors and textures, intensifying the cherry blossom’s allure in a way that is only possible in a virtual environment. Enter code NATURE10 for the COAL + ICE community discount.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

All Virtual at https://dceff.org/
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The 30th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

March 17–March 27, 2022

From March 17-27, The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary. Started in 1993 by Flo Stone, the Festival has been one of the area’s leading cultural events for three decades. Since 2020, the Festival’s programming has been entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has allowed DCEFF to share important films and thought-provoking conversations with audiences across the globe. The 2022 Festival will feature dozens of virtual film screenings and discussions exploring the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet today.

House of Sweden / Embassy of Sweden

2900 K Street NW
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Arctic Highways

March 5–July 17, 2022
Saturday +  Sunday, 12PM – 5PM

Embassy of Sweden proudly presents the new exhibition Arctic Highways—featuring artwork and duodji Sami handicrafts by twelve indigenous artists from Sápmi, Canada and Alaska—which will be on display at House of Sweden from March 5 through July 17, 2022.

Even as national borders have separated indigenous peoples and, at times, pitted them against each other, their culture and art have traveled effortlessly across the Arctic landscape through the movements of the wind, sun and reindeer herds, creating a network of Arctic highways. While invisible, these highways are cultural and spiritual, and they continue to thrive. Despite living in different countries and on different continents, the indigenous people of the Arctic highways still regard themselves as peoples with kindred spirits.

In Arctic Highways, these twelve indigenous artists tell their own story, through their own experiences, using their own forms of expression. The exhibition aims to foster understanding, pique interest, create bridges, and put the knowledge of the indigenous peoples on the global art map. It asks visitors to join the journey along the Arctic highways of culture and life that stretches from the past into the future—without ever passing a border.

Arctic Highways is curated by Tomas Colbengtson, Gunvor Guttorm, Dan Jåma and Britta Marakatt-Labba. It is produced by the Gullers Grupp in Stockholm by the exhibition designers Igor and Ilkka Isaksson, in close cooperation with TYP Kulturkapital (TYP Cultural Capital) and the exhibition’s curating team. The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Jan Wejdmark, social entrepreneur, founder of Arctic Highways and chair of Meeting place Granö.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

7th and Independence Ave SW
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Canoe on stage

Laurie Anderson, To Carry Heart’s Tide (The Canoe), 2020. Courtesy of the artist, photo by Ron Blunt.

Laurie Anderson: The Weather

Ongoing through July 31, 2022
10AM – 5:30PM

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents the largest-ever US exhibition of artwork by groundbreaking multimedia artist, performer, musician, and writer Laurie Anderson, from Sept. 24, 2021–July 31, 2022. Laurie Anderson: The Weather debuts more than a dozen new artworks, interspersed with select key works, including Habeas Corpus (2015), from throughout her five-decade career. Guiding visitors through an immersive audiovisual experience in the Museum’s second-floor galleries, this dynamic exhibition showcases the artist’s boundless creative storytelling process, featuring her work in video, performance, installation, painting, and other media.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live performances by Anderson this spring.

About Laurie Anderson: As a Grammy Award-winning musician, performer, writer, and artist, Anderson has an international reputation as an artist who combines the traditions of the avant-garde with popular culture. Anderson’s theatrical works combine a variety of media, including performance, music, poetry, sculpture, opera, anthropological investigations, and linguistic games, to elicit emotional reactions. As a visual artist, Anderson has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo, and extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including Big Science, featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to No. 2 on the British pop charts. She is currently Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University.

National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St NW
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After the Ascent Exhibit

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Once Upon a Climb: Stories of Everest

Ongoing through May 1, 2022
10AM – 5PM

In Once Upon a Climb: Stories From Everest, the National Geographic Museum delves into the history—and future—of this mighty mountain through gripping first-person narratives of the climbers, mapmakers, and scientists who know the peak best. By harnessing the storytelling power of objects from some of Everest’s most renowned climbers, along with photographs, film footage, immersive media, and more, this fascinating exhibition transports visitors to Everest’s legendary slopes.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue NW
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MISS CHELOVE, A Forest Floor Flow. Courtesy of NWMA.


March 25–July 31, 2022

In the Lookout project, NMWA presents commanding public art installations on the exterior of the museum during its renovation. Lookout: MISS CHELOVE is the first in a series of three works presented through the reopening in fall 2023.

Reseeded: A Forest Floor Flow, by Washington, D.C.-based artist MISS CHELOVE, a.k.a. Cita Sadeli, is a four-story mural printed on mesh fabric. The artist’s image of a woman immersed in botanicals native to the islands of Indonesia alludes to the resurgence of the natural world during the pandemic and the critical role of women in ecological activism.

MISS CHELOVE is an independent art director, muralist, designer, and illustrator. Her vibrant murals can be found throughout the D.C. metro area. Combining local and biographical storytelling with the tools and methods of graffiti and street art, MISS CHELOVE explores themes including women’s empowerment, nature, Indigenous cultures, and music.

Through Lookout, NMWA continues to champion women through the arts, while also signaling the powerful transformation underway within the building. Accompanying the mural at NMWA, we will host a mural guide on our website to visit more of MISS CHELOVE’s works throughout the city.

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
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Phillips Art

Gustave Courbet, The Mediterranean, 1857, courtesy of The Phillips Collection

NATURE | SPIRIT | ART : Personal resilience in the time of climate change

March 3–April 7, 2022
5PM – 7:30PM

Through immersive engagements with art, landscape and meditation, Nature|Spirit|Art helps participants cultivate personal resilience in the face of climate change. This five-session workshop provides participants opportunities to experience their gratitude for the Earth, explore their climate grief, re-imagine their relationship to the natural world, and take collective action in service to the planet. Drawing on the extraordinary modernist landscape art at The Phillips Collection, as well as the plant and animal life in nearby Rock Creek Park, Nature|Spirit|Art helps participants develop tools to face the climate crisis with a buoyant and courageous spirit. We will engage eco-critical art theory, eco-Buddhist thought, art-making, and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Registration is limited to 15-20 participants who can commit to be present for all five meetings.


Artists of Conscience/COAL + ICE: Artists confront the climate crisis

April 2, 2022 2PM – 4PM

Held on the occasion of the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards and the COAL + ICE exhibition, the afternoon panel discussion, presented jointly by The Phillips Collection and Asia Society will bring together figures from the arts, policy, and scientific communities to discuss how the arts can be an impetus for action against climate change. The panel will be chaired by Nora Halpern, independent curator and Vice President of Leadership Alliances Americans for the Arts and will be preceded by announcement of the three winners of the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards.

Rock Creek Conservancy

3031 Sedgwick St NW
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Rock Creek Conservancy

Invasive Removal–Melvin Hazen West

March 19, 2022
10AM – 12PM

Please join the National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy for a socially-distant outdoor invasive removal event. We will be removing invasive plants from one of our mini-oases, Melvin Hazen West! Invasive species are among the biggest threats to this urban park. We invite you to join us outside to help remove invasive plant species and keep this section of Rock Creek healthy. Volunteers should bring water and snacks as desired, and dress accordingly for the work and weather: we recommend long sleeves, layers, and sturdy close-toed shoes or boots.

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

900 Jefferson Drive SW
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FUTURES opening at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Builidng

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Ongoing through July 6, 2022
10AM – 5:30PM

To celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary in 2021, the Arts + Industries Building has reopened for the first time in two decades with a groundbreaking new experience that looks forward. Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. What do you imagine when you think of the future? We invite you to dream, debate, delight, and discover not just one but many possible futures on the horizon. Open until July 6, 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, art, tech, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter.



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FUTURES Sustainability Weekend

April 23–24, 2022
10AM – 5:30PM

Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. What do you imagine when you think of the future ? We invite you to join us for our Sustainability Weekend on April 23rd and 24th. Panels, hands-on activities, and activations await.

Washington Parks & People

2437 15th St NW
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Seeds and Sprouts

Josephine Butler Parks Center – 2437 15th Street., NW
March 29, 2022
1 – 4PM 

Come join Parks & People and the wider community celebrate the beginning of spring, new life and honoring the land.


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Lights of Freedom

Walter Pierce Park – 2630 Adams Mill Rd NW
April 16, 2022
9AM – 10PM

Volunteers needed to start setting up 2000 luminaria candle bags to honor the over 8428 African Americans buried in DC’s Walter Pierce Park.  Lighting will occur at dusk and will stay lit until 9pm. Dismantles takes 1 hour and the site is cleared by 10pm.


Earth Day at the Farm

Marvin Gaye Greening Center – 5000 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, NE
April 22, 2022
10AM – 4PM

Come join Parks & People to plant pollinators, native trees and shrubs, and help remove trash and debris.


1517 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036
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March 15–April 22, 2022
8AM – 9PM 

As the official bookstore partner for COAL + ICE, you can find a varied and curated selection of literary works from the exhibition’s collaborators, panelists, activists, artists, and photographers. Browse and shop our COAL + ICE Collection and special display in-store, stop by our website landing page and call ahead to pre-order your favorite book! Be sure to grab a specialty, limited edition COAL + ICE bookmark when you pop in.

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About Kramers

What happens when good books, food, company, and conversation come together under one roof? Kramers. Kramers is a quintessential gathering spot with a remarkable history — an iconic independent bookstore, versatile events space, award-winning restaurant and illustrious bar — all in one.

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Georgetown BID

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Words Beats & Life

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Beginning on the streets of Paris during the COP21 Climate Change Summit, Magnum Foundation and Dysturb’s #ReframeClimate incorporates compelling and creative documentary images into the public conversation about climate change. Coinciding with the COAL + ICE exhibition at the Kennedy Center, #ReframeClimate will be partnering with the Georgetown Business Improvement Districtand Words, Beats, and Life to adhere prints on public-facing facades around Georgetown. Each pasted image includes an interactive digital prompt, which allows the viewer to hear the story behind the image directly from the photographer via their phone. These large-scale, globally sourced images challenge the stereotypical notions of what climate change looks like in order to expand and deepen perceptions about its many implications.

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