Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals


Art Exhibitions in Support of the
Student Leadership Conference on Development at the United Nations

About Art Exhibitions:
Global Education Motivators (GEM) is seeking student artwork for several exhibitions in the Philadelphia area. The artwork will be used to support the work of the Student Leadership Conference on Development (SLCD), promote action on climate change, and bring attention to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Details on Artwork for Student Leadership Conference on Development
Deadline for submitting art work: February 9, 2018
Timeline of Philadelphia exhibits:

  1. Philadelphia City Hall -  Spring, 2018
  2. Philadelphia - Art Gallery - Spring, 2018

A special ceremony will be held at each location. 

Why Art?

“Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance” - Shirin Neshat, Iranian Artist

A recent TED talk focused on the importance of art as vehicle for change.

  • Art exposes issues of social justice
  • Art helps humanize and actualize the emotions, grievances, and fears of those who may not have another place to voice concerns.
  • As an illustrative and journalistic tool, art shocks and inspires us to action


Students are being asked to create artwork that focuses on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Artwork can look at the overarching topic of climate change, or focus on one of the conference subthemes: Migration Caused by Climate Change, Educating on the Reality of Climate Change, and Climate Change and Scientific Solutions.

  1. Artwork can be abstract or figurative. Artwork can include, but is not limited to, oil painting, sketching, photographs with description, sculpture, mixed media, collage, and water color.
  2. 3D artwork should be no more than 15 pounds and 3ft tall. 2D artwork should be no more than 2 foot (.6 meter) by 3 foot (.9 meter) including any framing.
  3. Artwork will be recognized at SLCD at the UN and in the formal presentation of the 2018 Plan of Action to the United Nations.
  4. Artwork, a $25 exhibition fee, and release form should be sent to:

          Global Education Motivators (GEM)
          Chestnut Hill College, Martino Hall/Office 322
          9601 Germantown Avenue 
          Philadelphia, PA 19118 USA

    5. Students are responsible to pay for their own materials and shipping to and from Philadelphia. 



Global Education Motivators
Brigitte Marrero -,
9601 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Tel: 215-248-1150
Fax: 215-248-












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