PositiveFeedback, an initiative led by The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is the first New York City inter-institutional consortium designed to jump-start and nurture collaboration between artists and scientists focused on climate change.

PositiveFeedback creates new pathways for artists and scientists to work together in long-term, mutually beneficial manner.  In its first few years, PositiveFeedback has curated and produced many successful artist-scientist networking events and engendered trans-disciplinary collaborations around themes related to climate change. Our long-term goal is the creation of a new, robust, visible and accessible arts and science community in the New York City area in the discourse about climate change and its potential impact on our region; and the development of visionary responses that address the complex challenges that our society faces today and in the future.

Project Description

PositiveFeedback will host two events bringing artists and scientists together. The first is a pair of original plays, Don’t be Sad, Flying Ace!, and Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret, performed by ..//superhero-clubhouse/">Superhero Clubhouse, a sustainable collective of artists and advocates working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. Don’t be Sad is inspired by Charles Shultz’ iconic beagle and features a dog that perches on his doghouse as waters rise around him. It incorporates leading climate science on topics like sea level rise. Field Trip is a musical adventure based on the lives and work of seven extraordinary women of climate science from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Our second event will be the latest edition of PositiveFeedback’s ”Art/Science Speed-Dating” – an event designed to bring artists and climate scientists together to determine if there are “sparks” for future interdisciplinary collaboration.

Columbia University: Earth Institute

PositiveFeedback presents performances by Superhero Clubhouse

“Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace” and “Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret”

Both pieces appropriate (and intended) for audiences of all ages.  Bringing kids?  Best for ages 5+.

Performances at 14th St Y Theater (344 East 14th St. between 1st & 2nd Aves)

November 2, 11am

November 2, 7pm*

November 3, 11am

November 3, 6pm

*Benefit Performance, with accompanying reception and conversation with climate scientists.

Tickets $12-$30

To Purchase tickets, please visit:



Columbia University: Earth Institute

 PositiveFeedback presents Art/Science Speed-Dating

Rauschenberg Gallery

455 West 19th Street, between 9th & 10th Aves.

Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm

Witness first “dates” between our featured scientists and artists and then have your turn at meeting potential collaborators of the opposite discipline.

Featuring: Annea Lockwood, Jennifer Monson, Shahid Naeem, Gavin Schmidt.

Moderated by Eli Kintisch

For more information: www.positivefeedbackusa.org



PositiveFeedback www.positivefeedbackusa.org

The Earth Institute www.earth.columbia.edu

Special Thanks

Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at the Earth Institute, Columbia University