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Hello and welcome to our February newsletter, which includes a couple of reminders, latest news from our Cultural Adaptations project and another case study from our Library of Creative Sustainability.

Our next Green Tease is coming up on 4th March in Paisley. You'll find the details in "Our News".

Also, we can't resist telling you that an academic paper our creative producer, Gemma Lawrence, contributed to has been cited in The New YorkerThere's a link to the article in "The Story" at the end of this newsletter. We're obviously biased, but we think it's well worth a read.

Finally, while our Cultural Adaptations report below relates to increased flooding, powerful storms and rising sea levels in Sweden, we're well aware that the UK is far from exempt from such threats, especially in the wake of storms, Ciara and Dennis. In a recent Guardian article, climate scientists, including Dr Marc Stutter from the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, warn that the government must do more to prepare.

Our news

#GreenArts Day is less than a month away

How are you planning to celebrate this year's #GreenArts Day? If you're still in the throes of brainstorming, click our link below for some tips about how you can get involved, including some great past examples, case studies and images.

#GreenArts Day 2020 kicks off on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at 10am on Wednesday 18th March. We hope you'll join the celebrations and tell us all about your green work.
Our tips for #GreenArts Day 2020

Cultural Adaptations conference
registration reminder

If you haven't already, now is the time to let us know you're keen to attend our unique Cultural Adaptations Conference taking place in Glasgow from 6th to 8th October.

Registering your interest is the best way to stay up to date with all our conference announcements, including ticket release, speakers and events. We're expecting adaptation professionals, local and national policy makers, academics, cultural managers and artists and creative practitioners to attend so it will be a great three days of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities.
If you're already registered, please encourage colleagues in your networks to sign up too.
Register today!

Gothenburg meeting report

Flooding and landslides threaten the "most sustainable city on earth". Can Gothenburg adapt to climate change? From 11th to 13th November last year we, along with our Cultural Adaptations partners from Sweden, Ireland and Belgium, explored the region’s cultural and social future in a changing world at the second of our transnational meetings.
Read the Gothenburg transnational meeting report
You may also be interested in:
1. Anyuta Wiazemsky Snauwaert
, who is the embedded artist with our Belgian partners, was interviewed recently by Flanders Art Institute about her experience on the project

2. More information about the Creative Europe funded Cultural Adaptations project.

Library of Creative Sustainability

The last of our four US case studies recently added to the Library comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where resident artists work side by side with programme staff. This story is about a project that started in 2014 with artist, Jenny Kendler to improve habitat for monarch butterflies. Since then hundreds of thousands of milkweed seeds have been distributed in biodegradable balloons.

BTW, we've just added a new Scottish case study to the Library with more to come over the next couple of weeks :-)
Read more about the butterfly-feeding project

Green Tease: Renfrewshire Arts and Culture

Our next Green Tease aims to inspire and inform Renfrewshire-based arts, culture and heritage organisations to respond to the climate emergency and Scotland’s carbon net zero target for 2045.

The event will include a keynote from Heather Claridge, principal design officer at Architecture and Design Scotland, followed by an interactive workshop session and reading from Paisley Book Festival’s Eco Poetry competition. It will conclude with a panel discussion featuring practical approaches by organisations taking on the challenges of green arts practice.

If you are interested in attending, please contact

When: Wednesday 4th March, 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ


Opportunity: deadline 5th March 2020 - apply for the new Artful Migration artist residency with Upland CIC.

Job: deadline 9th March 2020 - creators/producers may be interested in these roles with Fife Contemporary.

Opportunity: deadline 20th March 2020 - The University of St Andrews' Social Anthropology department invites registration and submission to the Art of Energy competition.

Visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website to see more
events and opportunities.

Don't forget you can submit your organisation's arts and sustainability news, events and opportunities directly to our website and for inclusion in our newsletter.
NEXT DEADLINE: 18th March 2020.

The Story

Each month we share a compelling story or two of what action on the climate crisis means around the world. Let us know what you think.

The day the music became carbon neutral

For most musicians and bands, touring is the most financially viable way to make a living, but it comes with a heavy environmental cost, which is causing a lot of concern. Some are taking bold action; some feel paralysed.

This terrific article in The New Yorker (published 18th February 2020) by Amanda Petrusich examines what can and is being done to reduce the impact of touring. In it, we're proud to say, she cites a Scottish case study published in the academic journal Popular Music by Matt Brennan, Jo Collinson Scott, Angela Connelley and our own Gemma Lawrence.
The New Yorker article
Also: listen to our podcast about the cost of recorded music, featuring Dr Matt Brennan

Green Theatre reference guide

This month we also scored a mentioned on the American Theatre website.

The site has a special issue dedicated to theatre and climate change, featuring a reference guide to Green Theatre that provides some resources to help theatres adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Take a look!
Check out "Green Theatre: A Reference Guide"

Join the Green Arts Initiative

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Join the 225+ strong Green Arts Initiative community for helpful tips and resources on becoming a greener, more sustainable arts organisation.​

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