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August 8, 12:30-3:30pm 

Freedom Camp Community Celebration

Garden for a Changing Climate is excited to partner with 360 Nation for the Freedom Camp Community Celebration. 360 Nation is a community organization based out of the West Side of Chicago that utilizes relationship building, gifts, and talents to promote self-determination in the Black community.

The final Garden for a Changing Climate summer event hosts the last day of 360 Nation’s Freedom Camp—a six-week summer program for youth that focuses on health and wellness, trauma-informed restorative practices, and cultural education. The Freedom Camp Community Celebration invites visitors to work in the garden and prepare the land as a site of imaginative renewal.


Garden for a Changing Climate is a community-driven participatory public art project created by artist Jenny Kendler that uses a traveling garden of local plants to give Chicagoans a dynamic and tangible experience of the effects of climate change.

Through this moving and multi-sited garden, Chicago residents can envision the otherwise largely invisible, slow, and dispersed threat of climate change, and understand how a shifting climate will change our urban environment. Community-based organizations in Albany Park, Little Village, UIC, Washington Park, and West Garfield Park shape how the Garden project draws participants into an understanding of how environmental changes will affect them directly.

Filled with diverse Midwestern plants and constructed with reclaimed materials, the fleet of planters are the center of community-based activities, walks, and conversations considering the coming climate-related effects on Chicago. Garden for a Changing Climate programming will take place from April through August 2018 on UIC’s campus and across four Chicago neighborhoods.

At its heart Garden for a Changing Climate asks participants to consider our relationship to a changing climate and asks: What does climate change mean to the lives we live here in our city? How will the lives of humans, plants, animals, insects, and other species change or be altered? What unexpected opportunities to restructure a more just world may be provided with these changes? What are we hopeful about in re-shaping our futures? Garden for a Changing Climate aims to encourage citizen science and bring new sense-based awareness to the oftentimes imperceptible issue of climate change. Reconnecting our sensitivities with nature’s shifts in time and space can help us understand the new paths being made in this quickly changing world—and give us a compass by which to chart our own way forward, together.

In addition to events accompanying the Garden planters, local residents are featured, alongside scientists and naturalists, in a documentary video by filmmaker Nellie Kluz that maps out, in clear and engaging ways, the impact of the ecozone shift and the effects of climate change in the city of Chicago—from human health impacts to new plant environments, from extreme weather conditions to housing instability.


Community Responses to Climate Change




April 23
Earth Day Sustainability Fair with Garden for a Changing Climate
UIC Quad

Celebrate Earth Day at UIC and their ongoing Climate Change Commitments to create a resilient campus that recognizes, responds, and educates UIC’s campus community about the impacts of climate change. This outdoor pop-up event, planned by UIC students as part of Garden for a Changing Climate, features booths and activities from various organizations on campus and throughout Chicago that explore sustainable and green practices for everyday life.

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June 16
Garden for a Changing Climate at the Juneteenth Celebration
Sweet Water Foundation

Garden for a Changing Climate joins Sweet Water Foundation's First Annual Juneteenth Celebration, focusing on the theme of Radical [Re]Construction; Radical, meaning of or restoring to the root, and [Re]Construction, the rebuilding and healing of our community. This event brings together community partners in Washington Park for a day of programs, including arts & crafts, health & wellness activities, performances, cooking demonstrations, and much more.

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July 14
Marshall Square Garden Appreciation Tour Hosted by Esperanza Health Center Telpochcalli School and Hammond Elementary

Little Village’s Marshall Square is home to many community gardens that bring neighbors together in green spaces where they cultivate plants, share food, and their personal narratives.

Garden for a Changing Climate 
joins Telpochcalli School Garden and Hammond Elementary Garden—two of Marshall Square’s most vibrant neighborhood gardens—for a day of fresh food, gardening, and community organizing. 

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July 21
Garden for a Changing Climate Street Fair
American Indian Center

The Garden for a Changing Climate Street Fair celebrates the American Indian Center’s Northwest Walking Museum, a project that connects and highlights the importance of two rivers, the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Des Plaines Rivers, throughout the city’s history and their significance today. The fair includes walking tours, indigenous snacks such as teas and seed melodies, seed bomb making, a PROtest banner workshop, and an introduction to the contemporary mound installation by artist Santiago X.

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August 8
Freedom Camp Community Celebration
360 Nation at Charles Sumner Math & Science Community Academy

Garden for a Changing Climate’s final summer event with 360 Nation’s Freedom Camp —a six-week summer program for youth that focuses on health and wellness, trauma-informed restorative practices, and cultural education. The Freedom Camp Community Celebration invites visitors to work in the garden and prepare the land as a site of imaginative renewal. Programing includes youth DJ sets, Double Dutch with Black Girls Jump, and vegetable preservation and plant-based cooking demos. 

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Atmospheric Orchestra

CO2 levels remain constant at the environmental baseline until they rise as more people gather, creating a passive collaboration between the sensor and the occupant of the space.

This stream merges all of the sites together as an ambient orchestra.

Listen on-site in the lobby of 400 S. Peoria St. (Art and Exhibition Hall) until August 25.
Atmospheric Orchestra is a sound installation by Jared Kelley capturing environmental CO2 from six cultural and ecological centers at UIC.

  • Latino Cultural Center
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Jane Addams Hull-House
  • Plant Research Laboratory at the UIC Greenhouse
  • 400 S. Peoria St. 
  • Gallery 400

Measured CO2 is translated into live sound, slowly evolving as concentrations fluctuate, and sonifying the history of bodies in space.