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, PhDHaumea: ecoliteracy services for the artseco-social artist | educator | researcherwww.haumea.site