Cultural Commissions – D’Arcy Reynolds

The Wallace Initiative commissioned working papers/artistic responses from Bay Area artists about deepening, expanding, and diversifying cultural participation, hoping to generate new ideas and spark conversations between regional artists and arts organizations.

At some point in the (near?) future, the world’s supply of carbon-emitting fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) will no longer be readily available. Peak oil is the term used to describe the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached and the rate of carbon-based fuels enters terminal decline. It’s an issue that composer D’Arcy Reynolds can no longer ignore!

It seems to me that the importance of the post carbon shift and the impact of our global culture on our environment is of such tremendous significance, that everyone needs to pitch in to contribute to the solutions. As artists, we can’t just stay in our studios, but need to engage with these issues, and use our art in service of this larger mission.

D’Arcy realizes that, as an artist, there is only so much she can do to address issues of peak oil. However, in her essay, Post-Carbon Artist, D’Arcy empowers artists to raise awareness about the issue and to help create creative solutions based on community, cooperation, and futuristic thinking.

The essay also includes resources for artists or other individuals looking to impact change and get involved. Click here to download a PDF of Post-Carbon Artist.

D’Arcy Reynolds is a composer living in the Bay Area, and has received numerous commissions and prizes from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and the American Music Center. D’Arcy is the founding director of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and is currently composing a new work based on the shift to a ‘post carbon world’ for her composer residency at the San Francisco Community Music Center.

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