Each October, in conjunction with the seasonal King Tides, The City of Delray Beach organizes a climate education outreach event to raise awareness about the impacts of climate changes and the need to proactively adapt. The Rise: Climate and Art Weekend that we are planning for 2019 is slated to be the most ambitious and inclusive public outreach project to date, engaging a broad segment of the community on the climate issue by presenting its challenges and opportunities through the various mediums of art.


Climate themed Happy Hour Cocktail 

Fri. 3:00 - 7:00 pm Sat. 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Join the Downtown Delray Beach Restaurants & Bars as they bring awareness to Climate Change during a Climate Cocktail Hour. Enjoy special happy hour pricing on the specialty climate-themed drinks at:

  • Dada—"It's a Love-Hate Thing" specialty cocktail
  • Honey
  • Death or Glory
  • Banyan
  • Tin Roof


Tidal - featuring the art of Cheryl Maeder, Gianna Coppiano, Lisa Reindorf, and Gustavo Ovideo 

Fri. 6:00 - 9:00 pm Sat. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Presented by the Arts Warehouse 313 NE 3rd Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Time: Friday Art Walk Exhibitions 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Artist Talk by Exhibiting Artist Cheryl Maeder at 7 pm; Free admission and cash bar; Saturday Free Admission 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Description: Tidal is a group exhibition highlighting visual artists whose work reflects on environmental issues, commercialization of nature, tourism, and emotional connections to nature. As a coastal area, rising tidal waters could one day significantly affect Delray Beach, Florida. What will exist of our leisure/Florida leisure in the future? What will exist of the land as we see it? The artists in Tidal reflect on these thoughts in varying mediums. The viewer will find rising tides and water a subject on the forefront of the work - whether literally, symbolically, or in a display of found objects. Additionally, it’s reminding viewers that Art can be used for activism.


Between the Tides - Spotlight Gallery Exhibit by Ron Garret

Fri. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hosted by the Cornell Museum 51 N. Swinton, Delray Beach 33444

Time: Friday Art Walk - October 4 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cornell Art Museum Free Admission, light bites and cash bar; Saturday October 5th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Description: Ron Garret will create an educational and historic exhibition including his original prints, sculptures and paintings combined with recycled materials and everyday found objects.  This exhibition will focus on the ocean tides’ influence and effects through processes of change and corrosion to man-made objects. The focus is on the poetry of the forces of nature, decay as well as the corrosive power of saltwater on human endeavors.


First Friday Art Walk, Friday October 4th 6-9 pm

Fri. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Downtown Delray Beach Art Galleries & Working Studios for the season opening of First Friday Art Walk taking place during Rise: A Climate & Art Weekend. Enjoy a self-guided tour through myriad styles of art, photography, furnishings and live entertainment, many themed around climate change and the rising tides. Visit for more details.


Animals in Peril Children's Craft Activity:

Sat. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by the Sandoway House - 142 South Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33483

Time: The children's activity 10:00 am - Noon appropriate for ages 5-12 free to the public. The Discovery Center is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Shark feeding at 1:30 pm; $6.00 entry fee.

Description: The Sandoway House will be hosting a children’s take home craft project that highlights animal species affected by climate change and sea level rise.


"Cool Topics on a Hot Issue: Climate Change" - Panel Discussion 

Sat. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by League of Women Voters, hosted by Hyatt Place and sponsored by Erin Deadly PA Hyatt Place 104 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Free to Public.

Three experts will discuss different aspects of South Florida’s Environmental Challenges stemming from Climate Change:

  • Mr. Rod Braun: Climate program Manager for the Nature Conservancy, Florida Chapter and he serves on the steering committees for the Southeast Florida Climate Compact and the East Central Florida Resilience Collaborative.
  • Ms. Erin Deady, Esq., Environmental Attorney whose Clients include local governments, Special Districts, private sector companies, agricultural and tribal entities involving environmental restoration: and representing them in areas including environmental restoration initiatives, climate, energy and water administrative law, and local government land use issues.
  • Dr. James Sullivan, Executive Director FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and member of Governor DeSantis Blue Green Algae Task Force.


Young Adult Multimedia Performances and Letters to the Future

Sat. 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Hosted by the Historical Society 3 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444; Free to the Public

Time: Letter writing 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Cason Cottage, Performances from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Description: Participants can show their penmanship and Rising Tide spirit with writing a letter to the future on climate change. What do you predict? The letters will be sealed in the City Archive to be opened in 50 years.

Special Youth Performances: 

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm All Jazzed Up about Sea Level Rise - Atlantic High School Jazz Band 
  • 1:30 pm -2:00 pm Sounds from the Sea -Symphonia Youth Program by the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys and Girls Club
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm "Turning the tide on sea level rise” Drama Performance by the Milagro youth program and drumming by CAPE Universal community drummers.


Sea at my Door: Saving South Florida from the Rising Tide with Dr. Keren Bolter

Sat. 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Presented by the Delray Beach Public Libaray - 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; 

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 p.m. Free and Open to the Public.

Description: Sea levels could rise more than six and a half feet by the end of this century if emissions continue unchecked.  This means Key West, Miami, and other coastal cities in South Florida would be under water and uninhabitable.  Dr. Keren Bolter, a local climate scientist, is leading climate change and resilience initiatives in South Florida. She has presented her Sea Level Rise and storm surge models for TEDx Miami, NBC, PBS, National Geographic, and more.  Dr. Bolter will present details about the current threat to our beloved tropical home and actions we can take to help save it.  Portions of the episode “Saving Miami” from National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously will be screened. 


What's Brewing Closing Party

Sat. 4:30 - 6:30 pm 

Hosted by the Saltwater Brewery - 1701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444; Free to the public includes free beer and light bites while they last!

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Description: Beat the Heat: Rise Up – Cool Down at Saltwater microbrewery.  Enjoy music, free craft beer and food truck delights while they last. Be the first to see the unveiling of the Rising Tide Mural to be installed at the Robert Federspiel Parking Garage located at 22 SE 1st Avenue, Delray Beach


Milieu Exhibit by Katerina Slinkina and Rick Baer

Sat. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Presented by Arts Garage - 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Time: October 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM. - 8:00 PM. This event is FREE to attend!

Description: Enjoy wine and art at the opening of “MILIEU EXHIBITION”  featuring local emerging artists Katerina Slinkina and Rick Baer. See how our artists interpret climate in different art forms.

Katerina Slinkina was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She combines painting and photography together to create unique images that unite her fascination with the world around her. He obsession with physicality of paint, blending into art forms that are both real and imaginary. She uses an unique method of underwater photography that makes her images appear as if they were watercolor.

Rick Baer has been making photographs for many years first with film then switching to digital photography. He uses different filters to blend the different layers and creates imagery that reflects his idea of how it should look, looking beyond the surface of the image that reveals the essence of the object. He inspiration comes from his travels and appreciation of architecture, landscape and cultures of people.


Ha Ha Hot Performance - Improvisational comedy

Sat. 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm 

Presented by ImprovU: 105 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Time: Saturday at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm.; Suitable for ages 13 and up. Ticket price of $10.00 concessions available. 

Description: ImprovU presents HAHA Hot an improvised comedy show featuring ImprovU best comedic actors and YOUR suggestions! What are polar bears doing about climate change? How does CO2 feel about it? Join us as we take a lighthearted look at an issue that threatens to kill us all!


Event Partners 


 Old School Square

 Art Warehouse logo

 Delray Beach Public Library logo

 League of Women Voters


 Sandoway Discovery Center

 Delray Beach Historical Society logo

 Saltwater Brewery

 Milagro Center

 Arts garage logo

Friday, October 4, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00am - 9:30pm
City of Delray Beach Delray Beach, FL 33483