Tara DePorte

Tara DePorte
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/04/2015 - 31/08/2015
01/09/2015 - 29/01/2016


Arts et études des arts

Fonction d’origine

Fondatrice, directrice executive et professeure adjointe

Institution d’origine

Human Impacts Institute (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Exploring the effective employment of the arts to communicate climate issues and inspire climate action

As an IMéRA Fellow, my research will survey creative communication tools that have been used over the years to engage new (and existing) audiences in understanding climate science and policy, with a particular emphasis on driving people to action. Research will be geared towards answering the following question: how can we effectively employ the arts to communicate climate issues and inspire climate action? I will examine tools currently or recently employed by environmental organizations, governments, and other groups, as well as tools previously developed at the organization I founded and run, the Human Impacts Institute (HumanImpactsInstitute.org). Demographically, this research will look at initiatives developed for urban populations in industrialized countries, especially those in low-lying coastal regions that are more vulnerable to climate-induced sea level rise (i.e. NYC and Marseille). The targeting of materials to and for these populations will create an interesting dynamic of stakeholders that are both highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, as well as primary causal agents of climate change (i.e. the U.S. and EU are some of the highest emitters per capita of greenhouse gases3).



Tara DePorte is an award-winning educator, artist and public figure who creates opportunities for social and environmental action.

As an educator, Tara has developed hundreds of workshops for the public, primary and secondary schools, universities, private companies, and government bodies—using creativity and hands-on learning as central tools. She provides consulting services to a wide array of clients , including the United Nations Development Program, L'Oreal, Citibank, and VF Sportswear on issues, such as employee engagement, communication strategies, environmental education, and social justice. Tara's public speaking inspires audiences to creatively engage in the issues of our times, as she's presented alongside global leaders from Vice President Al Gore to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to Bill McKibben, as well as cultural icons, such as Renee Zellweiger. As an artist, Tara's work has been exhibited and performed on three continents.

In 2011, Tara founded the Human Impacts Institute, a think-and-do tank transforming the art and science of inspiring positive impacts through creative communication, hands-on education, and curated actions