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Jennifer Koney describes “Art as a Doorway to Climate Activism” and how her journey of making art — specifically the series 55” - Images of Sea Level Rise - became an inspiration for social action.

Presented by the Hayward Historical Society on June 11, 2022. (42 min.)

Sea Level Rise

on the Hayward Shoreline

by Winda I. Shimizu


Hayward Arts Council and Hayward Public Library are inviting you to a free public artist talk with Jennifer Koney titled "Art as a Doorway for Climate Activism"  on Saturday, December 3 at 1pm at the Hayward Public Library. Koney's talk is in conjunction with her exhibition 55” - Images of Sea Level Rise on the Hayward Shoreline.

Inspired by sea level rise research in which she participated, Jennifer created a series of seven door-sized paintings of glaciers and icebergs depicting the possible impacts of sea level rise locally. Using a resist and pour painting process that she developed, each painting has a 55” horizon line that marks and makes physical the anticipated levels of sea level rise for the San Francisco Bay Area.

On January 14 1pm at the Hayward Public Library, Koney will conduct a free "Hayward Climate Action: A Discussion" with speakers Erik Pearson, Environmental Services Manager, Public Works & Utilities Department, City of Hayward and Amos White, Founder and Chief Planting Officer, 100K Trees for Humanity.

Jennifer continues to use her art as a tool for increasing environmental awareness and is a climate activist with 350 Bay Area Action advocating for strong climate action legislation in California and working with community members to plant more trees in Hayward as a direct climate action. Currently she teaches “Hike, Sketch and Watercolor” workshops for Hayward Area Recreation and Park District using sketching as a tool to deepen both the memory and a sense of place.


You're welcome to join both important presentations and visit Koney's exhibition 55” - Images of Sea Level Rise on the Hayward Shoreline on view until January 26.

To learn more about Koney's climate activism and the events coming up, visit

Winda I. Shimizu is Hayward Arts Council Executive Director.

Winda I. Shimizu 

Executive Director | Hayward Arts Council

2018 Alameda County Women Hall of Fame 

HUSD Visual & Performing Arts Plan (VAPA) Community Partner I Hayward Arts Now Leader

Commissioner I Member Alameda County Arts Commission

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