PERCENT FOR GREEN, the brainchild of artist-activist, BCJN member, and BCJS leader Alicia Grullon, is a socially engaged art project focused on addressing the effects of climate change in the Bronx and Alicia’s role as an artist serving community. One of the project’s goals includes activating dialogue and action about climate change and what resiliency looks like within communities in underserved areas. Launched during the summer of 2014 through funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, PERCENT FOR GREEN has consisted of roundtables, workshops, and Alicia’s planning for the People’s Climate March with South Bronx-based grassroots organizations.
PERCENT FOR GREEN also seeks to pass legislation. Modeled after a Percent for Art, the bill would mandate that 1% of the budget for eligible NYC-funded construction projects be spent on expanding green space and sustainable initiatives in underserved communities in New York City. For more on PERCENT FOR GREEN and to see the bill, click HERE.
This summer, PERCENT FOR GREEN will provide two opportunities to work with youth (teenagers) in the South Bronx — one with the The Point CDC (5 weeks, meeting every Monday and Tuesday from July 6 to August 11), and another funded through NYCHA under the auspices of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (6 weeks, meeting once per week from July 25 to August 29, exact dates to be determined soon). The goal for both of these opportunities is to teach youth how to talk about climate change.
See Alicia’s Spring 2015 article about PERCENT FOR GREEN, HERE.
And please watch the following Bronx Climate Justice South and PERCENT FOR GREEN videos below.