Penn Climate Animation and Research Studio is a mobile animation studio that engages six students in research and animation, on location, in countries vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In this immersive opportunity, Penn student artists will meet experts, read, see, draw, and critically reflect on emerging adaptation strategies with the intent of producing works of art that inform and influence policymakers and communities. The project will begin in the Netherlands in June of 2023, before establishing an annual summer studio in vulnerable countries in the Global South (e.g., Indonesia, the Maldives, Bangladesh or Vietnam).
In the Netherlands, the team will spend the first four weeks on location following an intense itinerary of cultural orientation, site visits that include drawing from close observation, expert interviews, meeting with local artists and animators, workshopping ideas, developing scripts, and storyboarding. By the end of the summer, two animations will be ready for release.
Support from: Penn Global, the School of Arts and Sciences Making a Difference in Global Communities Grant, the Center for Public Art and Space, the Weitzman School, the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship program, and the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.