Celebrating Grassroots Environmental Leaders

People Who Make A Difference is a collaborative art and environmental education project that features colorful and inspiring art envisioned by Scenic Hudson and created by Dutchess Community College graphic design students.

The project started with the intention to spotlight diverse, modern environmental role models that could inspire the next generation of eco-activists. The resulting posters honor those who are or were on the front lines of grassroots movements for change but who may not have always been recognized—including people of color, women, youth, Native Americans and members of other indigenous groups committed to ensuring that everyone can benefit from a healthy planet.

An exhibit of the posters was scheduled to open in Poughkeepsie, New York, in early April 2020, until the coronavirus made that an impossibility. Instead, we’re excited to offer a virtual gallery experience and a chance to learn from each featured environmentalist through video clips and talks.


Take a Virtual Gallery Tour

For best viewing experience:

  • Computer: Use Chrome or Firefox
  • Mobile: Use Artsteps app (search for People Who Make a Difference)
  • Virtual Reality: App users can use a VR visor like Google Cardboard
  • If the gallery won’t load, visit before 10:00 am or after 4:00 pm ET.

Virtual Gallery Preview


Meet the Change Makers

CLICK EACH POSTER TO LEARN MORE