Art Toolkit


Art Build Projects for Parents at the US Climate Strikes 


Make your own art to bring to an Action or Youth Strike!

Creating art is an engaging way to bring people of all ages together to imagine a better world and express themselves! Art can help you stand out at a rally or event, drawing attention to your asks and demands.



What is an Art Build?

A creative political event designed to support a movement or campaign action 

How does it work?

  • Gather supporters to make visuals that support an upcoming event or action
  • Usually provides TWO press opportunities (the art build and the action itself)
  • Takes place not more than two weeks before an action

Good reasons to plan an Art Build:

  • To engage your base or connect with new moms and parents
  • To engage parents and youth together to learn about climate action
  • To develop new leaders by asking them to take on new roles
  • To create beautiful, message-relevant tools for the upcoming action or event


  • Could be at a home, a school gym, a church basement, community center. 
  • You’ll need space for supplies and “big” art projects;
  • Prepare to cover the floor or furniture to protect it from paint or other messes!

What you’ll need:

  • Snacks, treats, beverages
  • Art materials 
    • poster board 
    • markers
    • paints
    • sheets for banners
    • cardboard
    • glitter
    • buttons
    • Other cool art supplies!
  • Consider drop cloths & aprons to protect floor & clothes.
  • Message guidance - what do you want to communicate with your art? 
    • Can put the message up on poster board or discuss at the start

What do you do with the art?

  • Bring it with you to local climate actions and strikes the week of September 20th!
  • Display in public spaces: city/town hall, a local school, park, or public library
  • Ask your local school’s science club or green club to invite you to speak about your art
  • Ask your local art council board  or commission if they can help you find other places to display



  • Create a photogenic and memorable visual to support the Earth Day Youth Climate Strike.

  • Host an ArtBuild to build relationships between parents, youth, and engage new people in climate action.

  • Include kids young adults, parents and grandparents!

  • Use an Art Build to reach out to local media and publicize your Climate Strike, along with any local climate issues
    • Take a few photos, or a 2-minute video and post to social media.
    • Write a short media advisory to send in to your local paper. 
    • Create a Facebook event or share the official one for the climate strike you are attending. Tag your friends and ask them to bring 3 friends.






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