Rise Arts & Music

Rise Art Builds

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Join the Art Builds for Climate Justice & a Better World Facebook Group to find out about upcoming art builds and workshops.

Mass Street Mural Mobilization

Rise for Climate Justice Mural Project is organizing a Mass Street Mural Mobilization on Sept 8 at the culmination of the march. Wear your painting clothes. We are planning to paint a giant street mural using non-toxic temporary tempera and clay paints on September 8 in conjunction with Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice, at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. We will involve dozens of organizations and community groups to paint over 50 mural sections and aim to involve thousands of people in a well coordinated effort.

The mural project will be peaceful but will not request permission or a permit. We’ll do our best to fully inform participants of any risk, so everyone who needs to can stay safe. Watch these videos is how all of the past street murals have been done successfully.



We believe singing together can help create a powerful unifying culmination of the months of organizing, the gathering, marching and mural painting together and the movement building to come. This action and the preparation leading up to is an amazing opportunity to infuse poignant beautiful music into the movement for climate justice. We will teach songs that organizers across the country and the world can use to ground their people in purpose, inspire their communities to take urgently needed direct action and even awaken a deep cultural understanding about the new world being born. — something like that, or just: People who participate will learn new songs to strengthen local movements across the country and the world.



Song Leading & Street Choir Training | RISE for Climate

AUG 30 | 6:30-9:00PM

Join the Thrive Street Choir (Oakland) and the Peace Poets (Brooklyn) for a dynamic song leading workshop, a week before RISE for Climate Jobs & Justice 9/8. The Peace Poets are LEGENDS, coming to Oakland for a short time and will grace us with a performance and workshop!

We will gearing up for a 20+k person Choral Flashmob, the largest singing climate mobilization in history! Come learn and practice the movement songs that we will be singing together in the streets of San Francisco (in harmony!).

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Curbside Climate Chorus

SEP 8 | 11:00AM

Occupella invites everyone to sing with CURBSIDE CLIMATE CHORUS at the RISE for Climate Jobs & Justice March. We’ll meet at Montgomery & Market at 11:00 AM and serenade marchers as they pass on Market St.

We’ll supply songsheets and songleaders. Come for a song, come for the duration. There will be pportunities to continue singing after the march at Civic Center as the giant mural is painted!

Please check here for updates. Many moving parts beyond our control may dictate some logistical changes.

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AUG 17 – SEPT 14

The Peace Poets are an arts organizing tour that will visit California Cities to share skills, build momentum, teach and popularize songs, make art to be used at Rise and beyond and support mobilizing for Sept 8 and beyond.

Peace Poets

The Peace Poets are a group of song leaders and trainers, songwriters of popular anthems for many social movements, and performance rap crew. The foremost grassroots movement song group in the United States, they will engage the audience, teach songs, and share their mix of singing, hip hop, and spoken word for a better world. The Peace Poets wrote “People Gonna Rise Like the Water” a popular anthem of climate justice and water protector movements. They wrote the song, “I Can’t Breathe,” about the death of Eric Garner. The actor Samuel Jackson heard the song, invited via Youtube celebrities and others to record their own versions of it, and it went viral, becoming an anthem of the Movement for Black Lives, widely sung in demonstrations. The Peace Poets have similarly worked with immigration rights, indigenous, and environmental justice groups to develop music as part of their political practice.

Arts Making

Arts Organizers David Solnit (art.350.org) will travel with art supplies to screen print and paint flags and banners for each community to use in the Rise march as well as their ongoing work.

Street Mural Training

At each city we will teach how to plan, coordinate, and paint a street mural, and actually design and paint one with our host groups. This will prepare each group or community to paint one on Sept 8th.

Song Leading

Peace poets will teach songs to be sung in the streets and train song leaders with tips on how to lead songs and sound strong.

Tour Visit

A Tour visit to your community might include a ½ day arts-making and street mural training session, a song workshop for song leaders, and a performance by the Peace Poets, with a local speaker or performer talking about Rising for Climate Jobs and Justice.


Aug 17 5:30-9pm | CHICO

Rise 4 Climate Arts Tour in Chico!

Chico Peace & Justice Center, 526 Broadway, Chico, CA

Aug 18 6pm-10pm | Santa Rosa

Cultura y Cambio/ Culture and Change Fest

Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, California 95472

Aug 19 2pm-10pm | UKIAH

Rise Arts Tour with the Peace Poets in Ukiah!

Veterans Memorial Building
293 Seminary Ave, Ukiah, California 95482

Aug 20 2pm-7pm | PETROLIA

2-6pm: Art making, Street Mural Painting
4-6pm: Song Leading, Song Writing
6pm: Potluck
7pm: Peace Poets Performance

Mattole Valley Community Center
29230 Mattole Rd, Petrolia, CA 95558

Aug 22 2pm-8:30pm | San Francisco

Art & Music Party: Climate March Labor Contingent

350 Rhode Island (SEIU 1021 Office, enter on Kansas and 17th)

Aug 24 2-8pm | SAN JOSE



Aug 30 6:30-9pm | OAKLAND

Song Leading and Street Choir Training

1300 Broadway, Suite 300, Oakland



Support local cities and communities in reaching out, building participation and excitement, building organization, alliances and and powerfully mobilizing.


Build the capacity, skills and resources for local climate justice related organizations, coalitions and communities in California.


Place the arts at the center of our organizing, outreach and mobilization. Centering arts can powerfully tell our stories, reach our communities and win positive change.

Art Resources

Art Trainings

We’ve got a library of instructions that show you how to make stencil art, flags, banner and all kinds of mobilizing artwork.

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Rise Art Kit

The complete guide to Rise art making. Downloads, how-to’s and more!

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Art Sharing

Download some unique artwork from across the globe! Psd files available. Or submit your own artwork to share with others.

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Print these Paperhand artworks. Color in as you wish.