The Alaska Suite debuted at Seattle First Baptist Church on Earth Day 2017. Since then, it has been performed 24 times, touching over 1300 people with its message of hope and call to action.
What have you done, could do, or will do to make a difference?
We have been inspired by the responses of our audiences to this question. Here’s a summary of their thousands of ideas:
To use the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect our audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change, and to inform and inspire them to act now to address it.
We believe climate change transcends politics. It is an unprecedented existential threat that affects us all. We believe our greatest challenge is to overcome misinformation and for each of us to find the courage to act individually and together. Acknowledging the dire consequences and sheer scale of climate change can be deeply emotional, yet our response must be based on scientific understanding, technological innovation, sound economics, and effective policy. We believe the performing arts have a unique and powerful role to play in facilitating society’s response to climate change.
“I saw and experienced the most compelling and beautiful music last night. Thank you Nelda Swiggett for the Alaska Suite. People! Bring this to your town. It’s about climate change, and Alaska, and… see it.” — Lisa Seifert
“The combination of the music, your spoken words, and the images was magnificent. What a beautiful way to communicate many facets of climate change, and to draw people in.” — Elizabeth Burton
“… conversations and emails have been “a buzz” of enthusiasm and appreciation for your concert and climate message. It was indeed remarkable…” — Linda Jack
“Congratulations on a powerful, unique, multi-sensory, beautiful and pioneering experience… this really is refreshing and arresting and it has limitless potential for other audiences…” — George Lawson
“I was not prepared to cry, but yet I was so moved. Not by just what you said, but the entire performance. Wow!” — Catherine
“When I attended your performance of the Alaska Suite … I wrote that one of my climate actions would be to buy a used Nissan Leaf to replace my old VW Passat. It was quite motivating to have written that down! Now reporting back that I bought it this weekend — a 2016 Leaf SV with just 11K miles — and am feeling very happy to be driving it.” — Lisa Maynard
“I was not prepared for how the combination of an excellent jazz composition and a factual and emotional narrative about Alaskan climate change would both inform and move me. Compliments to the composer, Nelda Swiggett, and the talented and concerned musicians. Honored that my findings on guillemots and puffins responding to sea ice melt were part of the presentation.” — George Divoky, Friends of Cooper Island
“The music was moving and beautiful… Your Alaska Suite could move many thousands of concerned people … who attend your performances to get involved in effectively fighting global warming.” — Sam Benowitz
“Alaska Suite” was absolutely brilliant! — Tim Hunt
All three congregations were buzzing yesterday with their response to your performance on Saturday evening. I am … awed and inspired by the commitment of your group to getting this out there to touch and inspire others to action. You have such a great voice — and narrative — for communicating facts and feelings — then amplified by the music — that immediately lets your audience sink into the moment and be present to the enormity of what they are witnessing and hearing. — Marcia Lagerloef, Bainbridge Island
“Thank you all for coming out on a busy Wednesday night to hear Nelda’s stirring composition—part love song, part sad ballad to Alaska, and part battle cry to reclaim the health of our planet. I guess we were moved by the music and the statistics and the images because we raised about $1500 for the Yes On 1631 campaign!” — Mary Casey, house concert host
“… spliced with a dialogue about climate science and solutions. It touches the emotional edges of our understanding and invites action from a deeper place.” — Louise Stonington
“… wonderfully inspiring…. The content was informative without being preachy; the music was magical…” — Gail M.