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Admission is free.

The presentations in Bovard will also be available via livestream. RSVP below for the link.


COVID-19 Protocols: Although masks are not required, per the LA County Department of Public Health, it is strongly recommended that attendees wear masks for their own protection and the protection of others.

Click HERE for the event schedule and a complete list of organizations, artists, and speakers.

Join us for a very special Earth Week celebration featuring artists, activists, organizations, food tastings, and a presentation by the Gangsta Gardener, Ron Finley!

The afternoon will open with a showcase and resource fair in front of Bovard Auditorium featuring campus and community organizations who are working to create a more sustainable world. In addition, USC students will share and display projects funded by USC’s Arts & Climate Collective that connect the arts, culture, and storytelling with environmental justice. The fair will also include sustainable food tastings and produce giveaways.

The event continues inside Bovard at 6 p.m. with a welcome by USC President Carol L. Folt and a presentation about the Arts & Climate Collective’s crucial work. The event will culminate in an inspiring talk and conversation with Ron Finley, who inadvertently started a horticultural revolution when he transformed the barren parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible oasis and became one of L.A.’s most widely known artivists. Ron’s goal was simple: to bring healthy food to an area where there was none, making him see firsthand how gardens build community and change people’s lives. His TED Talk about beautifying your community and taking your life and health into your own hands has been viewed more than 4.1 million times. He is now working on The Ron Finley Project, speaking locally, nationally, and internationally to help change how we eat and empower communities to transform food deserts into food sanctuaries.


Presented by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Arts & Climate Collective in partnership with USC Visions and Voices, Arts in Action, Graduate Student Government, Office of Sustainability, University Relations, and USC Staff Assembly.

Photo (Ron Finley): Stephen Zeigler

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  • Julianna Birlin
  • Christian Noordover

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