A short survey about gaining ecological understanding (ecoliteracy) for your art career via an online course
Before I ask you a few questions below, here is a short introduction about why I am developing this course.
WHY ECOLITERACY IN THE ARTS MATTERS
Scientists have accumulated data of the unprecedented and accelerating environmental decline across the Earth since the late 1960s. Few, however, appreciate that the ecological crisis is primarily a crisis of Western culture whose concerns are not aligned with the Earth's wellbeing.
Ecological understanding is poor in Western culture due to the divide between the sciences and the humanities, particularly since the Enlightenment and the industrial-technological revolution. As a result, ecological understanding today is relegated to the sciences and is not a priority in cultural education. However, it is in the humanities and the arts, that values for living well within the Earth’s wider ecological community can be explored and promoted.
Given the short decade time-frame scientists are urging for radical changes in how we live, the lack of cultural activity informed by ecological insights is unfortunate. However, creative workers who gain ecoliteracy can more deeply envision new life-sustaining ways of living, relevant to their places and communities. Ecoliteracy can empower creative workers to imagine the better, more beautiful and just world we know is possible.
WHY I AM OFFERING A PLATFORM FOR PEER-TO-PEER ECOLITERACY LEARNING
‘Nature' has been a major theme in our cultural practices since our earliest ancestors evolved. However, today's environmental science and ecological insights brings challenges and complexity to modern art practices.
Having experienced first-hand the difficulties that arise from the lack of education and peer support in developing my contemporary ecological art practice, I wish to share ecoliteracy knowledge to the wider arts community.
Over the last 20 years, I have been examining the challenges and rewards of working in the art and ecology field, developed a successful eco-social art practice, reviewed other's ecological art best practices, and studied ecological theory and philosophy through art practice doctoral research.
I have experience and genuine interest in providing professional development supports for creative workers to develop more informed creative responses for these urgent times. My ability to deliver ecoliteracy learning for the arts also rests on my previous career in science research, and experience in environmental programmes and policy development.
The short 7 question below will determine how I might design a course to best suit your needs.
I would be very grateful for any ideas and feedback.
Your responses will be confidential in line with GDPR compliance.
Thank you for taking the time to share you ideas. This helps us all!
With much gratitude,
Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD
Haumea: ecoliteracy services for the arts
eco-social artist | educator | researcher
Name and location (optional)
Your name, county in Ireland or country of residence
Q1. Are you new to, or experienced in the art and ecology area
New to the area
Have some experience or learning about it, but would like more
Q2. What art discipline(s) do you work in, teach, curate, review or programme for (you can tick more than one below)
dance / body work
I routinely work across several art disciplines
Q3. In which capacity do you work in the arts sector (you can tick more than one)
art activist, craftivist
creative artist, creative practitioner
adult art educator
childrens' art educator
art historian, art researcher
art organisation employee
art critic, art correspondent
local authority art staff
I collaborate with artists and would like to know more about how creativity can bring ecological understanding to communities
Q4. What is your biggest challenge with bringing eco-social concerns into your creative practice, curating, art programmes, teaching or research?
Q5. What have been the challenges for you to learn about eco-social ideas and improve your ecoliteracy (ecological understanding) for your creative work?
Please list or briefly write about the main challenges that you see are preventing you working confidently and effectively in this area (for example, challenges may be other than a lack of ecoart courses )
Q6. What do see as the key benefits to you in being ecoliterate, for your creative practice, art teaching, art writing or in your art organisation programmes development?
Q7. Which areas of ecoliteracy (ecological understanding) and supports are most important for you (please tick all that are relevant to your needs)
I'd like to know why and how the arts have a key societal role for the ecological emergency
I'd like to know why it is important for everyone to engage with eco-social concerns in the first place
I need a basic overview of environmental science as it seems complex and confusing
I'd really like to know the roots of the eco-emergencies; I'd like to be able to understand/position my work better in a broader cultural context
I'd like to know about relevant books, videos, podcasts, organisations, and the key eco-thinkers that can help me develop an effective practice or arts programme
being part of network or community for peer support, news and opportunities would be important for this newly developing area
understanding why and how to work collaboratively with non-artists; this is a feature of ecological art practice
I'd like to know how ecological art practices differ from modernist art practices
I would like to become knowledgeable about best practice and methods for ecological art practice
I find the environmental realities overwhelming and depressing. I would like to know of eco-psychological developments and other supports
Please feel free to add any other ideas
Thank you! Can I contact you for a short interview if I need to?
And, do you wish to hear more about this course?
I envisage in the next few months I will be trialling a reduced cost pilot course. If you want to hear more details, do select 'Yes' below. If you select 'No' I will remove you from future emails about this course.
Yes, keep me informed about course developments
No, I am not interested.
Any other comments
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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