Teiger Foundation is committed to contributing to a just transition to a world without fossil fuels. In 2022 we began developing a climate action pilot in consultation with the nonprofit members of PACT. In part through contact with their efforts, we learned more about how people in contemporary visual art can attempt to contribute to urgent climate action.
Our goal is to offer a program of tailored support for visual art curators and organizations to embed climate consciousness into both their daily operations and programmatic missions. Taking into account how scale and scope influence the climate impact of different organizations, we believe that sustainable ways of mounting projects, hosting visitors, and supporting staff and artists can be modeled, built in community, integrated into mission, and clearly and creatively communicated.
A subgroup of seven 2023 grantees from our inaugural open call will participate in our Climate Action Pilot. All had checked a box in the grant application indicating their interest in participating in a climate action program. Participants were chosen by Teiger staff according to a) their project start date, to ensure enough time for integrating climate-aware actions into their work b) with attention to geographic and project type, size, and scale distribution and c) the stage at which a curator or organization had already arrived on their “climate journey.” The Climate Action Pilot is primarily understood as a launchpad for organizations without climate or sustainability plans.
The Climate Action Pilot is grantee-led. Each participant receives the services of a sustainability coach for 15 months. This coach supports the curator in developing a climate plan that is most appropriate for their project or organization in terms of capacity, philosophy, and communicability to their constituencies. Following the creation of a plan, each Pilot participant will receive up to $20,000 to execute that plan.