Arts Organizing for the March

Art will be a major element of the March for Real Climate Leadership. As writer and visionary Ursula K Le Guin said at the 2014 National Book Awards, “Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art.” Part of what made the People’s Climate March in New York so successful was the powerful arts organizing leading up to it — and we intend to continue carry that momentum to Oakland by putting art, culture and creativity at the heart of the mobilization.

We ask everyone participating to join us in this effort, by simply dressing in blue at the march, attending an art party (or organizing your own), making a “Piece of the Solution” with your friends and family, or working with the “Stencils Against Fracking” project.

Art Build Parties

If you want to help with the arts, but aren’t sure how, come to one of our arts parties. Every Sunday until the march from 10am-3pm we’re getting together to make banners, signs, puppets and more! You don’t need any experience to help out — just show up, wear painting clothes, and bring snacks/drinks to share!

WHAT: Make banners, signs, puppets and more for the March for Real Climate Leadership.
WHEN: Every Sunday until the march 10am to 2pm
WHERE: Greenpeace Warehouse, 955 7th St., Oakland (a few blocks from West Oakland BART).

Arts Organizing Goals

  • FACILITATE: the creation of powerful, beautiful, clear visual, performance, music art to amplify our stories, engage and energize participants, and reach our communities and the public in the streets and through all sorts of media and word of mouth.
  • ENGAGE communities, groups, artists and everyone in making art, creating relationships and building movement, momentum and mobilization.
  • ESCALATE: using art and innovation is a way to escalate our pressure on Gov Brown and our fight against the fossil fuel industry, in addition to marching in Brown’s hometown and increasing our numbers from the last march in Sacramento. The process of art making and the powerful visuals and the People’s Climate March in New York played a strong role in the mobilization and power of that march and of the Flood Wall Street action the following day.

March Colors

We are asking everyone coming to the march to wear blue and make signs, banners, tshirts and other visuals blue with yellow as a secondary color, so the march will be like mighty surging river the color of water with speckled sunlight. Blue is the color of water which is essential to life and is threatened by fracking, the fossil fuel industry and climate change. Yellow is the color of the sun, also essential to life, is a source of clean, renewable energy.

Arts Organizing Projects

Pieces of the Solution
Imagine a vibrant march in the Streets of Oakland carrying 100 giant blue puzzle piece signs, each with solutions to fracking and climate change painted, drawn or written by students, youth and community folks across the state—and all addressing Brown to become a “Piece of the Solution”. After the march we promise to creatively deliver them Gov Brown.

We are asking groups and people across the state to pick up this project and make their signs in the shape of puzzle pieces and facilitate art-making with students, youth and community members. People can get a kit from us by e-mailing or use our easy DIY instructions – available here in color or here in black and white.

Stencils Against Fracking has teamed up with the March for Real Climate Leadership and has designed a limited-edition stencil for you to use to encourage your community to come to the March in Oakland on February 7th!

Sign up for your own (free!) stencil kit before January 9th by emailing Sarah at Include your name, address, and a sentence about your group and we will send you a kit complete with spray chalk (or regular chalk if you prefer). You can also find all the information by clicking here — make sure you read all the documents before you hit the street!

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