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Artists Like David Opdyke Are Using Their Paintbrushes To Visualize Climate Change

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Image credit: Courtesy of David Opdyke

In advance of a virtual Zoom talk at Oakland University, the New York City-based artist joins CultureShift to talk about the role of the arts in the age of climate change.

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Visual artist David Opdyke has spent the past few years using his artwork to start a conversation about climate change, like painting ecological disasters on idyllic post-war America postcards like the one pictured above.

He’ll give a virtual Zoom talk via Oakland University that will highlight his work and work from other artists around the world who are also focusing their creative energy on climate change. The talk is titled “Art In Global Warming: Evidence, Fear, and Compassion.”

The event begins at noon on Thursday, Oct. 28. It’s free and open to the public. You can join the Zoom talk here.

Art is one of those things that could be extraordinarily effective at communicating things that scientists are trying so hard to get people to see. Art, music, poetry can help make things feel personal.” — David Opdyke, artist


Listen: Artist David Opdyke discusses how arts could play a role in personally connecting with people about climate change.

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Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. As a longtime arts and culture reporter and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

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