Heat Response: Creative action for Philly’s rising temperatures

The Trust for Public Land



Lanier Playground, renovated by The Trust for Public Land in 2018. Photo by Elyse Leyenberger.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) will partner with New York City-based artist Eve Mosher to develop arts-based responses to the human-scale effects of climate change. In collaboration with regional artists and community members, Mosher will design a series of community events in Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry, Fairhill, and South Philadelphia East neighborhoods, which TPL’s mapping analysis has identified as “urban heat islands,” hotter than surrounding areas. In collecting residents’ stories about how climate change shapes everyday life, Mosher will merge scientific data with lived experiences at the neighborhood level to create a citywide conversation and curate three creative neighborhood interventions in and around local parks. For more than a decade, Mosher has worked alongside communities in urban areas—in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Bristol, England—employing story-sharing techniques, mapping, research, and public art to respond to the complexity of climate impacts.

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