Congratulations to our Green Arts Community
150 Scottish arts organisations are now members of the Green Arts Initiative, gaining tailored advice and support, free resources, an annual conference and member connections across the country! Their commitment to environmental sustainability is exemplary in the arts sector and we’re proud to highlight their work.
We’ve Come a Long Way
The Green Arts Initiative began as the ‘Green Venues Guide’: a pamphlet designed to offer sustainability advice to venues at theEdinburgh Festival Fringe. Over several iterations, it has developed into the form it takes today: a networked community of artists, arts organisations, companies and venues working individually and collaboratively to reduce their impact on the environment, and think more creatively about engagement with sustainability.
Beginning with 23 members at the end of 2013, the membership of the community has increased as issues of environmental sustainability, and their relevance and opportunity offering to the arts, has become of greater prominence. The launch of Creative Scotland’s ‘Environment’ Connecting Theme and carbon emissions reporting requirements for Regularly Funded Organisations, the 2015 United Nations COP in Paris and the surrounding ArtCOP andArtCOPScotland movements, have emphasised the important role the arts have to play.
With community members from across the country, and across art forms, sustainability activities range from inspiring (and aspiring) environmental policies, to artistic programming directly about climate change, to creative forms of engaging staff and audiences in environmental efforts. No two of our organisations are the same, but sharing knowledge and experiences with other members is a big part of being in the community: communicating and provoking new ideas and efficient use of resources.
The Next Steps
2015 was a big year for the GAI, and we’re hoping that the rest 2016 will prove to be even bigger! We’re planning a second annual conference, more member resources, and continuing to grow our community. Become a member of the Green Arts Initiative to be kept up to date with these developments!
The Green Arts Initiative is an interactive community of Scottish organisations committed to growing the environmental sustainability of the arts. There are already 150 members across all regions of the country and range of art form: from large-scale producing theatres, to independent art galleries, working on everything from carbon emissions reduction to creating Green Teams from within their staff.
Free to join, you can find out more about the initiative and its members, and join the community, on our Green Arts Initiative project page.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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