Haumea Online: 2nd Pilot Ecoliteracy Course for Creatives and Art Professionals – booked out

cathy Fitzgerald | Haumea | Ecoliteracy for the arts

This is the time for a Great Reset. Let’s use it to change the way we see ourselves and our place on Earth. The conservationistAldo Leopold once wrotethat “one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen.” But if everyone has an ecological education, we will not live alone, and it will not be a world of wounds.

George Monbiot, ‘Coronavirus shows us it’s time to rethink everything. Let’s start with education’,The Guardian, 12 May 2020


I was thinking that I would be writing this post to attract more participants to signup for my 2nd 6-week Haumea Online pilot course ‘Essential Ecoliteracy for Creatives and Art Professionals’. I am trying to make an accessible and inspiring online course on key ecological knowledge, eco-philosophy, eco-ethics…

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‘The Battle of Moytura Or The Battle for the Soul of Ireland’:- why ecoliteracy for the arts is essential now

cathy Fitzgerald | Haumea | Ecoliteracy for the arts

This is a special post for me. I’m reflecting on the first of what I expect to be many more contributions from ecoliterate creatives I am getting to know in my online ecoliteracy course. I now have the good fortune to meet such talented creatives from all art disciplines and from across the world, in my efforts to bring ecoliteracy to the arts. Their work has nourished me in these challenging times.

I’d like to share this new work below from Irish writer Fearghal Duffy who has a deep interest in Irish myth and who was ‘a student’ in my first 6-week ‘Haumea Ecoliteracy for Creatives and Art Educators’ pilot online course (I hesitate to call my cohort ‘students’ as they are remarkably talented).

This new work from Fearghal came about as I invited my first cohort of students to present a small work for our last online Zoom group…

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Innovative 6-week online ‘Ecoliteracy course for Creatives and Art Educators’–seen as a success on Earth Day 2020

This post is from my Haumea Ecoliteracy for the Arts site from a few weeks ago: I have been so busy the last few months in launching my first pilot online course. As I’m just about to launch my next pilot course I thought my followers would like to hear how it went.

cathy Fitzgerald | Haumea | Ecoliteracy for the arts

ABOVE: ‘The Rapunzel Tree’ – new painting courtesy of Irish artist Rachel Webb, April 2020

In this planetary pause, there is more awareness that we need to live well with the Earth’s wider community of life. Creative practices–informed by ecoliteracy (ecological knowledge)–will have important social power to invite society to reflect and reimagine the better world we know is possible. Cathy Fitzgerald PhD., launched an innovative 6-week online ecoliteracy course for creatives that coincided with the pandemic. She reflects now that an accessible and engaging ecoliteracy education for our art sector shouldn’t cost the Earth.


“Today, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and I’m hosting the final live Zoom meeting of my pilot 6-week ecoliteracy for creatives course. My course has been timely–I have found a relatively low-cost means to share my eco-social art practice experience and knowledge of advances in the art and ecology area in an…

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Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

An ecoliterate person is prepared to be an effective member of sustainable society, with well‐rounded abilities of head, heart, hands, and spirit, comprising an organic understanding of the world and participatory action within and with the environment. McBride et al., 2013, Ecosphere, Vol. 4, Issue 5. Some of you might know, in addition to my…Read more Introducing Haumea and a proposed new online ‘ecoliteracy for the arts’ course: your ideas welcome!

Art & Ecology lecture this Tues, Kilkenny Castle: Dr Jo Anna Isaak

Some of you may have seen this notice already. I hope to dash out from the arts office to listen in! BUTLER GALLERY Kilkenny LUNCHTIME TALK – ART AND ECOLOGY Pisces #25 Chromogenic print 2003, Susan Unterberg “And for this Nature is Never Spent: Art and Environmental Reform” Lecture given by Dr. Jo Anna Isaak,…Read more Art & Ecology lecture this Tues, Kilkenny Castle: Dr Jo Anna Isaak

MOOT VI: THE CURRENT CLIMATE Art, Ecology and Sustainability in Kilkenny

Just thought I would post this as it's happening in my work place next week. Mary (Kilkenny Arts Officer) and Jean (Education Curator, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny) have been working hard on the 2nd Moot event on Art and the Environment; the first event a year ago had some very useful info, particularly Gavin Harte letting…Read more MOOT VI: THE CURRENT CLIMATE Art, Ecology and Sustainability in Kilkenny

Tips on creating great art & ecology projects – THE RULES

Listening to a talk at MOOT V (a series of Art talks, this one on Art & the Environment - hosted by the Kilkenny Arts Office and the Butler Gallery, in Dec 07), I was impressed by a talk by Irish environmental communication consultant, Gavin Harte. Sitting in the audience I listened as he described…Read more Tips on creating great art & ecology projects – THE RULES