Honoring the Future® presents Climate SmART: Honoring our Children’s Future Through Faith, Art & Action

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Honoring the Future® presents Climate SmART: Honoring our Children’s Future Through Faith, Art & Action

September 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Created to welcome Pope Francis’s Climate Change Message and U.S. Visit Main | Statement |  Will-You-Add-Your-Name

Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Honoring the Future 

Climate SmART: Honoring our Children’s Future Through Faith, Art & Action

Artists & Parishioners Discern How Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change might change our lives 


5:30 – 5:35 p.m. Opening Prayer
Kate Tromble
Pastoral Associate, Social Justice
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

5:35 – 5:40 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
Frances A. Dubrowski, Esq.
Project Director
Honoring the Future

5:40 – 5:50 p.m. Overview of Climate-Related Art
Frances A. Dubrowski

5:50 – 6:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
Peter Handler
Xavier Cortada
Lillian Ball
Tiziana Dearing

6:30 – 6:40 p.m. Panel Discussion/Q & A

6:40 – 7:00 p.m. Small Group Discussion

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception



Frances A. Dubrowski, Holy Trinity parishioner and Project Director, Honoring
the Future, has spent 40 years as an environmental lawyer and educator
developing and implementing strategies for sustainability. She directed
pioneering clean air, clean water, energy, and environmental justice projects,
testified frequently before Congress, and served on national policy task forces.
She has taught environmental law and policy at Georgetown University Law
School and at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She co-chairs
Boston College’s Energy & Environment Alumni Network.

Peter Handler, Arts Advisor, Honoring the Future, is an accomplished artist who
has exhibited his art furniture at numerous important craft shows, including The
Smithsonian Craft Show, where he won “best in show.” Handler earned his
MFA at the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT). He is currently creating a series of sculptural pieces collectively titled “The
Canaries in the Coal Mine,” drawing attention to the places and wildlife
endangered by climate change. His work on this series earned him the
prestigious 2015 Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation. See

Xavier Cortada is internationally renowned for collaborating with scientists to
generate environmental awareness through art. His work on climate change
includes Ichthys, a digital art image created to welcome Pope Francis’ climate
change message and U.S. visit, and “Ice Paintings” made from Antarctic sea ice
and sediment while Cortada was a National Science Foundation Fellow in the
southernmost continent. He has been commissioned to create art for the White
House, the World Bank, major museums and corporations, and murals
addressing peace (Cyprus, Northern Ireland), child welfare (Bolivia, Panama),
AIDS (Switzerland, South Africa), and juvenile justice (Miami, Philadelphia). See

Lillian Ball is an internationally recognized environmental artist and creator of
sustainable green infrastructure projects, including WATERWASH, a
stormwater wetlands/grassland park on the Bronx River. She has created
permanent public arts projects and site-specific sculptures and won fellowships
and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation, and New York State Foundation for the Arts, among others. Her
WATERWASH ABC project earned a Citation from the New York State
Assembly. See www.lillianball.com.

Tiziana Dearing is Associate Professor of Macro Practice and Co-Director of
the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. Her research and teaching
focuses on poverty and inequity (especially in urban environments) and social
justice in public policy. She was the first woman president of Catholic Charities
of the Archdiocese of Boston, led the start-up anti-poverty fund Boston Rising,
and served as Executive Director of Harvard University’s Hauser Center for
Nonprofit Organizations. She spent nearly a decade as a management
consultant both to Fortune 500 companies and to mission-driven nonprofit

About Honoring the Future

Honoring the Future’s mission is to harness the power of art to educate,
empower, and engage the public on climate change. We partner with museums,
schools, and cultural, faith-based and community organizations to create
inspiring exhibits and education programs on climate change. Our website
showcases the climate-related work of America’s top contemporary artists,
including such visionaries as Maya Lin, James Balog, Patricia Johanson, and
Eric Serritella, among others. Our innovative “Climate SmART” programs
connect the public with artists to create concrete plans for “What You Can Do”
to combat climate change. We are building a digital global platform for student
artwork and engaging teacher lesson plans on climate change. Honoring the
Future is a fiscally sponsored project of the Open Space Institute, Inc. See

A Prayer for Our Earth
(From Laudato Si)

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of
your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon
us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace,
that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your
eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on
it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of
those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us
to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to
recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey
towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage
us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love, and peace.


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