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Climate Raising Challenge: A 21st century “barn raising”

A mural design competition to inspire climate activism in the Sacramento Valley

Challenge Overview

From droughts to rising temperatures, fires to floods, the Sacramento Valley of California is feeling the effects of—and contributing to—our changing climate. At the same time, the Valley and the agricultural communities that comprise it, have a unique opportunity to be part of the solution. With this challenge, we are seeking to answer the following questions:

How might agriculture be part of the climate solution in the Sacramento Valley?

How do we visually communicate this message to inspire local action?

Mural Design Competition

UC Davis students (both undergraduate and graduate) will identify a climate-related agricultural issue in the Valley, take a position on that issue, and develop a mural proposal that visually communicates that position to the public. Final submissions will be evaluated by a jury comprised of designers and artists. They will base their evaluation on five criteria: accessibility, feasibility, connectivity, defensibility, and engagement. Selected mural design(s) will be painted on a local barn.

First Place Prize $400  |  Second Place Prize $200

Art + Climate Change Webinar Series

To aid with concept development, participants are invited to attend five “Art + Climate Change” webinars during Fall 2021. During these webinars, participants will hear from artists and activists who engage with the topic of climate change in their work.


  • October 2021 Challenge Launch
  • Art + Climate Change Webinar Series*
    • Oct 6, 2021 - Ishrita Pol, Maureen Kellen-Taylor & Li-Ya Maria Mar
    • Oct 13, 2021 - Billy Krimmel & Kate Hayes
    • Oct 20, 2021 - Carolina Aragon
    • Oct 27, 2021 - Ramiro Davaro
    • Nov 3, 2021 - V. Kelly Turner
  • Dec 15, 2021 Submissions Due
  • Jan 15, 2022 Winner(s) Announced
  • Mar 19-27, 2022 Mural(s) Painted (UC Davis Spring Break)

To learn more and start your submission visit the Climate Raising Challenge page



UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment
UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment


UC Davis Sustainability


Ag Climate Heroes:

Michael Russell & Steve Shaffer