COAL（Coalition for art and sustainable development） COAL (Coalition for art and sustainable development)
Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development (COAL) is a French public interest organization founded in 2008 with the aim of supporting artistic activities in the struggle against climate change, where creative measures are needed. The organization’s activities promote from a variety of perspectives art that addresses ecology and environmental issues. Co-founder and Director of COAL is Lauranne Germond, who also serves as Associate Curator at Domaine de Chamarande art museum outside of Paris.
In addition to planning and executing independently its own contemporary art exhibitions, COAL also actively proposes programs with a strong environmental focus and educational value to theaters, art museums and natural history museums, including La Villette, La Gaîté lyrique, which Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, among others. Notable among these programs was the “Conference of Creative Parties” held in collaboration with la Gaîté lyrique over ten days in December 2015 that attracted artists, architects, academics and thinkers from 54 countries to discuss creative ways of addressing environmental issues. This event was organized as a preparatory conference for the cultural agenda of the COP21 conference on climate change, ArtCOP21, as one of its member organizations. COAL is also a French representative of Imagine 2020, a network of European arts organizations promoting programs using the arts to address environmental issues.
COAL also provides consultant services, lectures, publishing and information dissemination as well as launching the first website to specialize in the arts and environmental issues, Ressource0 ( www.ressource0.com ). Since 2010, it organizes each year the COAL Prize Art and Environment that gives grants of 10,000 euro to contemporary artists creating works dealing with subjects related to the environment. The main aim of the prize is to encourage contemporary artists to seek new forms of expression relating to contemporary social and environmental issues, ecology and nature. The Prize is supported by French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the National Centre of Plastic Arts (CNAP), and the Egis group.