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Past Event

Art, Activism and Environmental Justice

Art can inspire community and conversation, provide fresh insights into understanding history, and cultivate connection. It can challenge your worldview and shift perspectives in ways that would otherwise remain static. Co-curated with community advisors, local activists and advocates who share their lived experiences and ongoing efforts for climate and social justice, San Francisco State University’s latest exhibition, Clearly Polluted: The Fight for Environmental Justice in the Bay Area investigates environmental racism and its ongoing, disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and people of color, or BIPOC, communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Christine Abadilla Fogarty, Associate Director, Global Museum at San Francisco State University, Ladonna Williams, Program Director at All Positives Possible, and documentary filmmaker Doug Harris, join Climate One Host Greg Dalton to discuss art and media’s critical role in surfacing climate and environmental justice impacts, and in catalyzing action.

We will also be joined by two other guests: 

Multimedia artist and musician Sofía Córdova, whose work has been exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at The Whitney Museum, SFMOMA, the ASU Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, the Vincent Price Museum, the Wattis Institute and YBCA.

Visual artist Binta Ayofemi, 2022–2023 SECA award winner at SFMOMA whose work has been featured by the Kadist Foundation, the Asian Art Museum, the New Museum, dOCUMENTA, the British Arts Council, and more.  


This event is produced in partnership with San Francisco State University and the Commonwealth Club's Arts member-led forum organizer Robert Melton, who also serves as curator of the Farmer Gallery at The Commonwealth Club.

Ayofemi photo by Yalonda James.

December 7, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Binta Ayofemi

 Visual Artist

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Sofía Córdova

Multimedia Artist; Musician

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Christine Abadilla Fogarty

Associate Director, Global Museum, San Francisco State University

Image - Doug Harris

Doug Harris

Documentary Filmmaker

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Ladonna Williams

Program Director, All Positives Possible

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One