Solarpunk Future 2024

What is Solarpunk Future?

Happening on June 29 1-5pm! Part interactive art show, part job fair, join geek creatives and green innovators for an evening event full of performances, exhibits, and art installations which will give all ages and walks of life the opportunity to be inspired by the sustainable future that we can collectively create.

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What is the solarpunk movement?

Solarpunk is an art, literature, and political movement juxtaposed in opposition to the cyberpunk concept of the future. While cyberpunk often depicts a postapocalyptic, dystopian and disconnected future, solarpunk imagines a community-led, sustainable future that offers a hopeful alternative to the uptick in climate-doomism circulating in social media. Solarpunk provides us a goal to work towards together.

To learn more about Solarpunk, check out EARTH.ORG.

Interested in tabling at our event?

Interested in tabling at our event? View our tabling registration form - slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Photos by Haggerty Photos
Photos by Haggerty Photos
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This year's Solarpunk Future event will feature:

1Hood Media Academy

The mission of 1Hood Media Academy is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.

Appalachian Aid Institute

Appalachian Aid Institute, hopes to bridge the urban-rural gap in community resilience planning through participatory design and mutual aid from a bioregional context.

Tabling the collaborative role playing game called “Solarpunk Futures” (designed by the “Solarpunk Surf Club”) to engage attendees in a participatory planning and storytelling process that engages them to prefigure the future that they want to see.

Assemble

Assemble envisions a world where learning and creating are transformative experiences and where all people are equipped with the tools to make a difference, together. At Assemble, we use learning as a tool to create a more equitable future for youth and learners in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. We Build confidence through making; Connect learners, makers, technologists, and artists; and Nurture agency in learners.

BRITE

BRITE is unleashing the energy revolution. BRITE believes anyone, anywhere can be a catalyst for change, that empowering energy tech startups will create opportunity, good jobs and a resilient economy. A non-profit launched in 2011 upon this assertion, the organization hosts a signature entrepreneur program and supportive services to enhance energy technology viability and community understanding. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, BRITE represents the strength of our industrial past and the promise of a decarbonized future. As the only energy technology entrepreneur program in Ohio, BRITE has served more than 600 companies that have created nearly 1,600 jobs and attracted $230 million in investment.

Shells Of Our Former Selves

Art Installation by D.S Kinsel. “Shells Of Our Former Selves” are bodyform like sculptural vessels for spiritual and physical reflection; a shell or skin shed for the purposes of personal growth. The intention of these totems is to honor how people and places transition and are always in transition of identity. DS Kinsel is an award winning creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator. DS is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts; a creative hub dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists representing marginalized communities

Landforce

Landforce nourishes a culture of self-empowerment for people aspiring towards meaningful and stable employment, as we protect and improve the environment. Landforce is committed to building a just world, where everyone belongs, lives in a healthy environment, and surpasses their greatest dreams.

LaVerne Kemp Studios

LaVerne Kemp Studios is an artist and African American woman owned and operated by Weaver and Fiber artist , LaVerne Kemp for the past 45 years. LaVerne is an award winning fiber artist and designer of “Art to Wear” , accessories, and large scale wall sculptures. Since her beginnings she has used vintage and reclaimed items, beads, and adornments in her works.

Most Wanted Fine Art

Jason Sauer is a decorated army veteran, artist and co-founded Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA). Jason Sauer and Most Wanted Fine Art have been honored as a “40 under 40” by Pittsburgh magazine, “Community Development Award” from Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, “Power of Work Award” from Goodwill of Southwestern PA, and “Best Art Gallery for Local Artists” 2014-2017 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers.

Move PGH

Move PGH coordinates transportation options in Pittsburgh to create a sustainable and equitable alternative to car-based travel.

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Established in 2001, Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) is a nonprofit, public-access education center; an art gallery; a state-of-the-art glass studio; a community builder; and a hub for innovation and creativity. Anyone can take classes, explore the contemporary glass gallery, and watch the live hot glass demonstrations. World-renowned glass artists come here to both create and teach.

Hot Wheels is an outreach vehicle that allows furnace-fired fun and glassblowing demonstrations to travel far beyond the walls of our Penn Avenue building.

This compact traveling glass studio is complete with all the state-of-the-art equipment needed to conduct glassblowing demonstrations, and it allows our glass artists to pop up all over town so they can manipulate molten magma into fiery works of art almost anywhere.

New Sun Rising

New Sun Rising believes that everyone has the potential to make a positive change. Some people strengthen culture by creating a greater sense of connection and shared purpose, honoring diverse experiences and traditions, making everyone feel valued and open to possibility. Others promote environmental sustainability, ensuring that natural resources are respected and protected for the well-being of current and future generations. While some provide economic opportunity for all, through access to good jobs, education, and entrepreneurship.

It is at this intersection of culture, sustainability, and opportunity that Vibrant Communities exist. New Sun Rising promotes this vision by serving as a trusted partner with nonprofits, social enterprises, collaboratives, and investors. Our services enhance their effectiveness through capacity building, accessible funding, and data advocacy. We are guided by our core value commitments to an equitable & inclusive society by using adaptive processes centered in asset-based practices. In 2019, New Sun Rising established the Vibrant Communities Framework to help people ignite, launch, and grow community development efforts in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Ryder Henry

Ryder Henry is a Pittsburgh-based painter and sculptor, most well known for his intricate, futuristic model city, 4 Lydia, made from recycled materials.

Solar United Neighbors

Solar United Neighbors is a national nonprofit organization that helps people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. We envision a clean, equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities, with solar on every roof and money in every pocket.

Susan Kaye Quinn

Susan Kaye Quinn is an environmental engineer/rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from hopepunk climate fiction to futuristic spec fic. Sue believes being gentle and healing is radical and disruptive. Her cli-fi novel series can be found on her website: www.susankayequinn.com.

Meet Our Team

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Christine Bethea of Greek Art / Green Innovators (GA/GI)

Geek Art/Green Innovators (GA/GI) was a ground-breaking, wildly successful, and award winning celebration of Art, Tech, and Sustainability in Pittsburgh. Created by artist and Creative Strategist, Christine Bethea, GA/GI was held on Penn Ave annually for ten years showcasing hundreds of artists, inventors, and scientists and dozens of university eco & tech programs from the southwestern Pennsylvania region and beyond. Now Team GA/GI and Ms. Bethea, as the event's Arts Chair, has joined ReImagine Jobs, a leader in sustainable initiatives to celebrate the possibilities of a cleaner and greener Pittsburgh.

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Nina Gibbs of Most Wanted Fine Art

Nina Gibbs is an accomplished and energetic professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fast-paced arena of fundraising and community engagement across classes and cultures. Nina has a proven track record of achieving exceptional results in grant writing, individual giving, corporate giving, volunteer recruitment, and event planning. Nina and her arts organization, Most Wanted Fine Art, have been honored as a “40 under 40” by Pittsburgh magazine, “Community Development Award” from Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, “Power of Work Award” from Goodwill of Southwestern PA, and “Best Art Gallery for Local Artists” 2014-2017 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers.

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Boom Concepts

BOOM Concepts is dedicated to the development of artist and creative entrepreneurs representing marginalized voices.

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The Breathe Project

The Breathe Collaborative is a coalition of citizens, environmental advocates, public health professionals and academics working to improve air quality, eliminate climate pollution and make our region a healthy and prosperous place to live. The Collaborative powers the Breathe Project through science-based work and a community outreach platform.

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Communitopia

Communitopia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide transformative climate change education that develops today’s climate leaders and advances equitable solutions. We envision a world where solution-based climate change education has transformed community thought and practice resulting in empowered and healthy local communities.

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involveMINT's mission is to make visible, recognize, and provide resources to reinforce patterns of living that contribute to social and environmental well-being in our communities.

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New Sun Rising

New Sun Rising believes that everyone has the potential to make a positive change. Some people strengthen culture by creating a greater sense of connections and shared purpose, honoring diverse experiences and traditions, making everyone feel valued and open to possibility. Others promote environmental sustainability, ensuring that natural resources are respected and protected for the well-being of current and future generations. While some provide economic opportunity for all, through access to good jobs, education, and entrepreneurship. It is at this intersection of culture, sustainability, and opportunity that Vibrant Communities exist. New Sun Rising promotes this vision by serving as a trusted partner with nonprofits, social enterprises, collaboratives, and investors. Our services enhance their effectiveness through capacity building, accessible funding, and data advocacy. We are guided by our core value commitments to an equitable & inclusive society by using adaptive processes centered in asset-based practices. In 2019, New Sun Rising established the Vibrant Communities Framework to help people ignite, launch, and grow community development efforts in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

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The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund

A nonpartisan political organization founded in 1920 by the women who fought for the right to vote.

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Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Pittsburgh, empowers decision-making that builds a fundamentally equitable, resilient, healthy, and prosperous region.

Logistics Team

The Climate Reality Project Logistics Team

Kelly, Brittany, Josephine, and Jason are Climate Reality's regional team of organizers. They are supporting Solarpunk Future in a logistical capacity. This team spends most of their time on Climate Reality's Petrochemical and Pollutions campaign to fight for a cleaner future in the Ohio River Valley, and coordinate a variety of green jobs programming for ReImagine Jobs.

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