International Women’s Day 2021

Every day, the Arctic Arts Project, through our actions, challenges the way we perceive our world. We seek to instill an understanding of climate change, racial inequities and gender-based discrimination, in the way we lead, talk, question, and act. We challenge norms, transform habits, change expectations, take action and inspire others to create a world without preconceived misconceptions.

In the throes of a global pandemic and climate crisis, how we act now matters more than ever. The UN’s theme for the 2021 International Women’s Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” it celebrates the tremendous efforts by women around the world in shaping a more equitable and sustainable future. On this International Women’s Day, I want to take a moment and introduce you to a few of the incredible women on the Arctic Arts Project team.


Andrea Sparrow– Executive Producer Arctic Arts Project

Andrea is a profound communicator for global systems out of balance and without a voice. She is an artist, filmmaker, communicator of climate science and solutions, and lover of the natural world. She is a fierce activist for change, racial and gender inequities and out of touch perspectives, that allow misinformation to perpetuate, calling into action common understandings that are aligned with what the planet can sustain. Andrea is a deeply rooted communicator who is a keenly focused seeker of patterns and stories that earth communicates with us. Her interests lie in understanding the systems of our planet and the systems of the human psyche as these two elements are currently at odds with one another.


Julie Gorte– Arctic Arts Project Board Member

Julie is an acclaimed leader in sustainability research, conducting environmental, social and governance (ESG) security analysis in the investment world as well as developing public policy advocacy initiatives. Julie, along with her team, was instrumental in the development and launch of the Pax Global Women’s Leadership Index. Her voice is crucial in defining how the corporate world becomes a significant voice in shaping a more equitable and sustainable future.


Merritt Turetsky– Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research- University of Colorado and Science Contributor Arctic Arts Project

With more than 20 years of experience working in boreal and arctic ecosystems, Merritt’s work contributes to theoretical predictions of ecosystem structure and function, but it also applies to regulation of carbon in a changing world. Merritt is passionate about northern ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Through her research, engagement, and teaching, she is developing the next generation of scientists and communicators with the interdisciplinary skills required to tackle ongoing global challenges related to food and water security, energy sustainability, carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, landscape change, and social and gender inequities.

Please join me in celebrating these incredible women from the Arctic Arts Project, and all those from our team, whos contributions are making a significant difference in the world.