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Prize for young artists who solve the climate crisis

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The search is on for New England’s emerging young artists who are exploring innovative ideas around sustainability through their work.

The Tidal Shift Award was presented by The Climate Initiative, Maine and Portland Museum of Art. It aims at leveraging the power of socially aware artworks. It awards and platforms teenagers and young adults who are committed to solving climate change.

Artwork that addresses the climate crisis through theme or subject matter, solutions, and other aspects are being accepted. A press release announcing the award stated that the goal is to showcase artworks and artists that can motivate and inspire local communities to do more for the environment.

The Tidal Schift Award is open for all young artists in New England (Connecticut. Massachusetts. New Hampshire. Rhode Island. Vermont.

Participants can use any medium (e.g. Participants can use any medium (e.g. painting, printmaking and photography, sculpture, video and all works of paper), and young artists of every ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability are encouraged.

Two divisions will award cash prizes (three prizes per division).

• Division 1: Ages 14-18

• Division 2: Ages 19-22

The Tidal Schift Award is a jury competition made up of scientists, advocates, and artists who believe we need to find new ways of addressing a crisis that is often ignored.

Over the last five years, The Portland Museum of Art has worked to reposition the museum a leader in Maine’s cultural, economic, and environmental future, investing in DEAI actions while promoting an Art for All mission. It has always hoped to make Maine and New England a place that brings together new ideas, people, communities, and people. The PMA has made sustainability a key tenet of its Strategic Plan in order to achieve this goal.

The Climate Initiative believes that youth are key to solving climate change because they influence and foster climate concern in their families, communities, as well as decision-makers. Their goal is to create a youth voice that encourages decision-makers to embrace climate solutions. TCI hopes to activate 10 million youth by 2025.

Art’s ability to inspire social change can be harnessed to fight climate change, according to the release.

From the rocky shores and pristine waterways to the vast wilderness and open terrain, New England’s natural beauty has long been our calling card.

For the communities who call New England home — whether fishing villages along the coast, small downtown districts, large city centers, or destinations “upta camp” — everything that makes New England special is connected to the environment.

Climate change is putting the region at grave risk. Maine’s seas are warming faster than 99 percent of the entire ocean. Rhode Island is currently implementing comprehensive climate change legislation. Vermont is also preparing for future migration due to climate change. Although some future changes are inevitable and must be dealt with immediately, there are ways to reduce the worst effects of climate change. Now is the time to act.

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