Global Warming Art Project


Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. (ASI) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals in Western New York to create artistic projects related to the dangers of global warming and climate change.  We are seeking strong proposals for creative projects that have the potential to impact the community in a meaningful way.

Submission Deadlines

Release of Information August 2018
Fall Deadline October 1 (annually)
Spring Deadline May 1 (annually)

There are two annual deadlines for this opportunity: October 1 & May 1.

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For the last several years Ben Perrone and Hugh Levick have worked on an environmental project called ‘Environment Maze’, but were unable to locate a suitable space for the installation of the project.  Ben did, however, raise approximately $70,000 dollars in donations for the project.  Since the project could not be completed as envisioned, Ben has decided to re-purpose the funds by donating the monies to Arts Services Initiative of WNY (ASI) to create a fund for artists who are creating projects related to the dangers of global warming and climate change.

Funds for the Global Warming Art Project come from Ben Perrone and the many 'Environment Maze' project donors.

Environment Maze Project by Ben Perrone


The Global Warming Art Project will provide grant funding to local artists in Western New York doing artistic work that relates to the dangers of global warming and climate change.

Grants will be given from a range of $1,000 up to $10,000.  Larger project funding requests will also be considered.  Submissions can be from new projects, or re-envisioned past projects.


The review panel, in consultation with Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc., reserves the right to make any and all decisions regarding the selection of proposals submitted.  Our review panel includes Scott Propeack (Burchfield Penney Art Center), Ted Pietrzak (Nonprofit & Arts Consultant), and Adele Henderson (Department of Art, University at Buffalo).  Our panelists follow ASI's code of ethics and conflict of interest policies when selecting final projects.

Applicants are required to:

  • Demonstrate that the project outcomes will have a direct impact on audience members to realize and change the way they interact with the environment and can prevent climate change;
  • Describe the potential of your project to impact the community in a meaningful way.  Elaborate on selection or suggestions of partnering groups and sites; information regarding the length of time and time period of your project; and community impact and expectations;
  • Demonstrate a record of sustained artistic output;
  • Explain how this funding will positively impact you and the development of your work;
  • Adhere to budget guidelines, eligible expenses, and encourage other funding sources; and
  • Define a marketing plan for the project.

Proposal Requirements:

Respondents are required to submit one copy of the application as well as artistic materials through ASI’s online grant application system.  The application can be accessed below.  (Registration of an account, if you do not have one, is required).

Applicants must submit materials prior to one of the two annual deadlines:
Fall Deadline: October 1 (annually)
Spring Deadline: May 1 (annually)

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. reserves the right to reject a submittal if any document or item listed in this document is incomplete, improperly executed, indefinite, ambiguous, and/or excluded.


Arts Services Initiative can provide year-round consultation or feedback regarding your proposal for funding.

Partner / Collaborative / Venue Resources

  • If you do not have a partner, location, venue, or other related collaboration lined-up, ASI can assist in connecting you with these partners to further your artistic project growth.
  • Artpark in Lewiston, NY has offered its resources and space, especially for any applicants for this particular grant funding (and for other artistic related projects as well beyond this specific grant application).  Please review their INSTALLATION GUIDELINES HERE.
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“UNSEEN” by Chantal Calato is a multimedia installation contrasting the beauty the world knows Niagara Falls for with the dark personal stories of those who have lived in the shadows of this industrial toxic city. Calato interviewed 18 people from Niagara County whose dark, personal stories are interwoven as a haunting soundscape revealing how they have been affected by toxic waste inside their homes. The “UNSEEN” voices will permeate the exhibition with the physical and emotional burden that is their environment. A double-height projection of Calato’s cinematography of the cascading water of Niagara Falls will illuminate the Project Space at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. “UNSEEN” opens in March 2020.
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"Open Waters” by Judith Goldman is an interactive, multi-media art installation that investigates environmental and geopolitical changes linked to the melting of the polar ice caps, in light of the 500-year Anglo history of expedition to the Northwest Passage and the (once-mythical) Open Polar Sea. The exhibition (Burchfield Penney Art Center in Fall of 2019) will feature a print-digital hybrid book of poems and an interactive wall of video and audio work evoking effects of human disruption of the Arctic. It will also register how this environmental change affects the Western New York region. This project is the latest work in a 3-year collaboration among a poet (Judith Goldman), visual artist (Andrea Wollensak), computer scientist (Bridget Baird), and sound artist (Brett Terry).

Anna Scime with Lumiflux Media will create “Lake Sturgeons' Guide for Surviving the Anthropocene” (LSGFSA), an experimental media artwork created from 8 years of research and fieldwork collaborations with scientists working in biology, geology and ecology. It consists of a series of short video essays and a multimedia installation. This work examines history, art, culture, and language through an ecological lens pointed at a single species, and zooms outward from there. This film will be shown at film festivals around the United States and will be broadcasted at the Burchfield Penney in 2020.