The upcoming Symphony for Climate Change at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center will supply earthshaking musical vibrations and powerful visuals, clearing the air on the global crisis.

The Discover Arts in the Park nonprofit is organizing the event, which president Maya Leites said will engage the community in discussions about climate change. Through multimedia creations and informational booths, she hopes people learn more about climate change and how to act on a local level.

Terra Nostra: Symphony for Climate Change is a 30-minute multimedia symphony composed by Christophe Chagnard and created to mix art and science in a way that promotes awareness about climate change and educates people on how to address it.

The Terra Nostra group and Discover Arts in the Park are putting on the community event 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Upper Field behind Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center using grants from 4Culture and the Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Khambatta Dance Company will also perform its EarthQuake dance routine and about 20 local arts, science and environmental groups will attend the event's resource fair that includes family activities.

Chagnard said the symphony is a universal medium that covers “huge emotional ranges.” To create the piece, he spent an equal amount of time researching and composing. 

“I call the piece ‘Terra Nostra (Our Earth)’ with a double entendre,” he said. “It says that it is our home, it is our earth, and yet it is not ours. We are really guests here. We are tenants, and we are not very good tenants.”

Terra Nostra executive director Susan Lubetkin, who has a background in environmental statistics, said she hopes the screening of the multimedia symphony reaches people on a visceral and emotional level, which she believes can leave a greater impression than data.

“I’m happy to talk about the models and the degree days or the loss in acres of glacial ice or all these other things,” Lubetkin said, “but without any context … for a lot of people that doesn’t speak to them.”

Lubetkin said there is no debate when it comes to climate change.

“We’ve had to live through not being able to breathe the last couple of summers due to forest fires, for instance,” she said. “I mean, we’re having to put in air conditioning that we’ve never had to live with before. So, Seattle, even though we’re in this nice little bubble in a lot of ways, climactically, also is having to live through some of the consequences … Climate change is not up for debate here.” 

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation communications director Melissa Keller said the organization fully supports initiatives that address climate change like the Symphony for Change.

“Indigenous peoples of North America are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change,” according to the National Congress of American Indians. Its webpage cites an EPA prediction that salmon and trout will lose more than half of their habitat in the next 40-80 years.

Discover Arts in the Park was formed in 2018, with the goal of activating underutilized historic buildings in the park to create and share art. It used to be known as Discover Music in the Park, when the group started in 2016.

“Our big picture is to find ways to use the vacant historic buildings in Fort Lawton [historic district] for community activities and performing arts workshops classes and etcetera,” Leites said.

The eight buildings Discover Arts in the Park is focused on are not part of the property the city plans to redevelop with affordable housing.

Around 500 people attended Discover Arts in the Park’s last event in 2017, also held at Daybreak Star, which was geared toward the Magnolia community.