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Ecological literacy – “ecoliteracy” is about gaining the environmental and ethical knowledge of what makes life on earth possible, just and sustainable.
Haumea provides accessible ecoliteracy training
to help you develop impactful creative practices, exhibitions,
events or community art programmes
Environmental scientists have done a crucial job in alerting the world that industrial-growth priorities in modern society are rapidly destroying the intricate living fabric of the Earth.
We hear daily that new technologies, policies and economic deals will address the environmental and related social emergencies that are unfolding.
Yet, we are beginning to sense that the emergencies reflect a graver, deep cultural and spiritual crisis. Our culture has provided some progress but it largely alienates us from caring for the living world and its inhabitants.
Compassionate, more sensitive creativity will have an important role to help us reflect and re-imagine the better world we know is possible.
In particular, culture and art can help us translate environmental science and the United Nation’s 2015 agreed Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) so they are tangible and real, for ourselves and our communities living in diverse rural and urban places.
However, bringing art, ecology and sustainability ideas together is challenging. Ecological understanding, ecoliteracy, is not prioritised in art education or art policy.
Having a background in research science, experience in creative professional development and advanced doctoral research in ecological art practice, I have felt compelled to share my knowledge and experience for the arts consultancy.
Haumea consultancy and training offers
a range of ecoliteracy services for the arts
Understanding essential ecoliteracy can be helpful for:
- yourself and your creative career
- your audience
- your community
- your students and staff
- your organisation or college
- updating your cultural strategy or policy
Haumea provides accessible ecoliteracy learning:
- essential modules for individuals and organisations for 1/2-day, full-day or workshops
- mentoring for creative practices and projects
- writing for exhibitions and art proposals
- strategy and policy expertise
“Hi, my name is Cathy Fitzgerald. I’m passionate that the arts have a critical, yet under-acknowledged potential to inspire diverse communities of how to live well with the Earth and its inhabitants.
In these urgent times, you may be like increasing numbers of creative workers, art educators, art students and curators wishing to engage effectively with eco-social concerns. However, you may soon realise this topic is complex and that ecological knowledge for creative practices is not currently prioritised in art education or understood across the art sector.
I have created Haumea to help you navigate the environmental science, philosophy and ethics so you can develop impactful, Earth-aligned creative work for your audiences, communities and art organisations.
Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD by Creative Practice,
eco-social educator | artist | researcher
I have advised individual creative practitioners, students, and have been invited to share my knowledge in art and architectural colleges. I have also developed modules for a workshop and soon-to-launched online course (my first pilot will be launched in Jan. 2020).
Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, I have lived in rural Ireland, the home of my ancestors, for several decades. I am happy to provide services across Ireland but I’m also looking to develop more sustainable online teaching supports too.
Please do feel free to contact me.