About this project
Creative Wildfire supports artists and grassroots organizations to create art that fuels our movements and imagines the world we need to thrive.
What is Creative Wildfire?
Who we are
Creative Wildfire is led by the Climate Justice Alliance, Movement Generation, and New Economy Coalition (see below). The program is stewarded by cultural organizers Ebony Gustave, Micah Bazant, and Robin Bean Crane. Check out the amazing artists from our previous cohort.
In 2014, Movement Generation held the first Creative Wildfire Eco-Justice retreat, bringing together artists and organizers to build relationships and align on core frameworks.
During the 2020 uprisings and pandemic Movement Generation, Climate Justice Alliance, and New Economy Coalition came together to create the Resist and Build Manifesto. Rooted in this vision, in 2021 we launched the first Creative Wildfire cohort with 19 artists, culminating in 14 creative projects and a group exhibition and workshop series.
In June 2023 Creative Wildfire will launch the second national cohort, supporting collaborations between artists and grassroots organizations. This cohort will prioritize relationship building with deeper partnerships, collaborative distribution strategy, and weaving local and national campaigns.
Why is this project called Creative Wildfire?
Destructive wildfires are wreaking havoc in North America and around the world as a result of rising temperatures, longer droughts, and decades of fire policies guided by strategies of fire suppression. Frontline communities, who have been disproportionately impacted by these disasters, have exhibited incredible resilience.
The Creative Wildfire project stands for different kinds of fires, fires that benefit the environment and our communities, fires that give birth to new life. For millennia, fire has played an important role in the health of ecosystems and in Indigenous stewardship practices. Deliberate burns shaped landscapes in North America, and are rooted in the relationship between Indigenous communities to the land.
With Creative Wildfire, we want to fan the flames that arise from artistic sparks, we want to feed the fire to devour the extractive systems that cause harm to our communities, and make space for new ways of thinking, being, collaborating, providing, and caring for each other.