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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My first Essential Ecoliteracy for Creative Workers and Educators Workshop in Co. Carlow, with Lyric FM

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland. I was also interviewed by journalist and writer Rachel Andrews for RTE Lyric FM on the day. The post below is reblogged from my Haumea website which collates my work on providing ecoliteracy learning opportunities for creative workers.

cathy fitzgerald | haumea ecoliteracy for the arts

“Do artists have the right kinds of tools to imagine new ways of living for the earth and its inhabitants?”

Luke Clancy, RTE Lyric FM Culture File, 11 Nov, 2019

I had such a wonderful time on Saturday 2 November 2019, giving my first Essential Ecoliteracy for the Arts workshop for creative people and art teachers in Rathanna village, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

Developing this workshop has been a long-held wish of mine since I suggested the need for urgent ecoliteracy for the Irish arts sector, at the conclusion of my doctoral thesis, when I submitted it back in 2016. I have felt this keenly for many years as I have a previous career in research science and I know the cultural sector needs to be better informed and supported to effectively engage with this topic.  I also know that societal shifts, like the urgent need for society to live in…

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New One-day Workshop in County Carlow, Ireland, Sat 2 Nov, – ‘Everything Must Change’: Essential Ecoliteracy* for your Creative Practice or Teaching

Update: Fully Booked! but please email me to be placed on waiting list or list for future courses. Dear Readers, I am reposting this workshop information, as when I reblogged it from my post from my other site, the formatting got scrambled. Thanks for all the interest so far, there are some places are left,…Read more New One-day Workshop in County Carlow, Ireland, Sat 2 Nov, – ‘Everything Must Change’: Essential Ecoliteracy* for your Creative Practice or Teaching