The biennial Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award recognizes courageous, grassroots, human rights advocacy. The award is named after Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador, who was murdered in 1980, beatified in 2015 and canonized on October 14, 2018, for speaking up against injustices in his home country of El Salvador.
An urgent concern and focus of the Rothko Chapel is climate change’s wide-ranging impact and our collective responsibility to address the human causes that contribute to a warming planet. Of particular interest is the impact climate change has on politically, economically and socially marginalized communities that are experiencing critical problems such as community displacement due to rising sea levels, drought and the loss of arable land, and heightened health issues including mental health and stress related disorders.
The 2020 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award recognized 3 individuals working within the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, who have committed their life’s work toward climate justice and the creation of a more sustainable, livable and possibility-filled world. The award ceremony was held virtually, livestreamed via Vimeo, on Tuesday, June 30. Click below to view the video recording.