Mel Chin is a renowned artist and social activist. His photo+sphere Keynote Presentation, "The Arctic is Asheville," is based on his film "The Arctic is Paris." Ice melting in the Arctic is only one example of climate change, and artists are ideally suited to bring home this idea to the public. The Arctic is Paris. The Arctic is Des Moines. The Arctic is Beijing. The Arctic is your hometown. Prior to Chin's talk at 7PM, photo+sphere is hosting a KICKOFF Party and Fundraiser from 5-7PM. All Keynote Presenters as well as other artists will be there. Enjoy food and drink, music and special presentations. Please join us and support the efforts of photo+sphere to bring high quality arts programming to Asheville that is accessible and affordable.photo+sphere is an innovative city-wide event exploring our relationship to the environment through photography and photo-media, featuring nationally known speakers, exhibitions, films, and special projects at venues throughout Asheville Nov 7-11, 2018. For tickets, schedule and more information: www.photoplusavl.com. Designed to be affordable and accessible, photo+sphere features high quality creative work to engage the public in meaningful dialog concerning how we see the world and the role humans play in determining the future of our planet. In the spirit of community collaboration, photo+sphere events will occur in partnership with leading art galleries, museums, scientific, environmental and educational institutions, including: Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Blue Spiral 1, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Center for Craft, The Collider, Momentum Gallery, N.C. Nature Conservancy, RAMP Studios, REVOLVE, Satellite Gallery, Tracey Morgan Gallery, UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina University, and Warren Wilson College, among many others.