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Today we acknowledge Earth Day and urge everyone to keep contributing to securing a positive, equitable and truly sustainable future for all. As we continue our work in arts and sustainability, helping the cultural sector prepare for a climate-changed world and to play its full part, we thank you for being on the journey with us.

In this month's newsletter: we introduce our culture/SHIFT methodology, share a guest blog about touring ideas, not people, and remind you of the approaching deadline for Climate Beacons applications, amongst other news and events. Dive in!

Our news

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culture/SHIFT methodology published

We launched our culture/SHIFT programme in 2017. Four years and many wonderful projects later, we've developed a unique methodology supporting collaborations between arts and sustainability practitioners to address the climate emergency.
Check out the methodology

Submit your Climate Beacons applications

REMINDER: The deadline for applications for partnerships made up of Scotland-based organisations across the cultural and environmental sectors to take part in our innovative Climate Beacons for COP26 project is Monday 10th May at 9am.
All you need to know to apply
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Guest blog - ArtsUnboxed

Despite its obvious downsides, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided some creative practitioners the space for experimenting with new ideas. In our latest guest blog, Greenwich Dance's CEO, Melanie Precious, shares how she developed ArtsUnboxed; it's all about touring ideas, not people.
Read Melanie's blog

Cultural Adaptations toolkits

Last month we launched two toolkits at the Cultural Adaptations conference. You can now watch video presentations introducing these toolkits including how and why they were developed. More videos from the conference coming soon!

Our upcoming events

Green TeaseThe theme for the next online meetup is ‘Movement’, a space for discussions specific to movement-based art forms like dance and physical theatre and for issues such as how we build movements for social change and how to make our travel more environmentally sustainable.
Tuesday 4th May, 7pm-8.30pm
Find out more and register
Green Arts online meetup: Our informal, open forum to connect with other Green Arts members and discuss anything related to sustainability and climate action.
Thursday 27th May, 10am-11am
Book your place now

Post-event summaries

Green Tease Reflections: Beautiful Disruption: Our February event explored issues around how landscapes are managed, maintained, protected, and run in Scotland and how artists might 'beautifully disrupt' the status quo and find new approaches.
Green Arts: Key learnings from the 25th March meetup - Intersectional Justice in Climate Action - which featured a presentation from Ana T. Amorim-Maia, PhD Researcher at the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice & Sustainability at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


  • Jobs: Open Road and the Fittie Community Development Trust are seeking three creative community workers and an early career creative producer.
    Deadline: 5pm, Monday 3rd May 2021.
  • Event: Ergon Theatre presents Threads, a short audio piece, available for free online, about fast fashion and the climate crisis. Until 23rd May.
  • Opportunity: Adaptation Scotland is offering economic and financial advisory support services for climate adaptation for up to three business cases/projects/organisations from specialist climate change and economics consultancy Paul Watkiss Associates.

Visit our website to see more events and opportunities.

Submit your organisation's arts and sustainability news, events and opportunities directly to our website.
NEXT DEADLINE: 19th May 2021

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