The CSPA Quarterly is published seasonally, and features both established and rising artists, academic essays, opinion articles, event highlights, and spotlights on creative projects in theater, visual art, digital media, dance, film, and music.
CCTA was founded by Elaine Ávila, Chantal Bilodeau, Roberta Levitow, and Caridad Svich following a model pioneered by NoPassport Theatre Alliance. It has since evolved into a collaboration between The Arctic Cycle, the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and Theatre Without Borders.
A global participatory project, CCTA uses theatre to bring communities together and encourage them to take local and global action on climate. By providing tools (a series of plays) free of charge, some guidance on how to produce events, marketing support, and a model that encourages leadership and self-determination, we make it easy for everyone to engage with an art form they may not be familiar with, and we empower them to harness their creative potential and put it in service of the greater good.
The CSPA works with an international group of partners to monitor developments in new measuring, certification and documentation tools in addition to developing industry specific methodologies for integrating sustainable practice into art making.
Originally conceived as an annual event, a CSPA Convergence gathers industry leaders, educators, students and the general public to share ideas and evaluate existing models and infrastructure. Our current intention is to ‘converge’ upon existing festivals and events (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Prague Quadrennial) in order to respond to current systems, in addition to coordinating special gatherings focused on celebrating the current innovations in sustainable arts.
The first convergence was held in partnership with The Ecodrama Playwrights Festival and Symposium and took place on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon May 21 – 31, 2009. We organized a series of focused think tanks, panels and presentations within the context of the greater symposium.
Starting in 2014, the CSPA has replaced its Amazon.com Bookstore with an annual book selection to build your library. Each year the CSPA will select a handful of books we we feel are essential reading. When someone subscribes to the CSPA, they are able to select one of that year’s book selections, and we will send it to that subscriber to add to their library.
The Fringe Sustainable Production Award was designed to reward sustainable practice in the production of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show. Productions were invited to engage their audiences with sustainability, take responsibility for their environmental impacts, and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world.
The CSPA Institute gives artists the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to incorporate sustainable practice into their own as part of their professional training at an established academic institution. Through the CSPA Institute we develop professional workshops and work with institutions of higher learning to build sustainable arts curriculum.
CSPA Supports was a series of micro-grants available to artists creating work that reflects sustainability (environmental, economic, or cultural). The first grant was awarded early in 2011, with awards ranging between $200 and $2,000. To qualify, the artist must show a history of practicing as a professional artist, and must be a member of the CSPA.
The Knowledge Network
The CSPA’s primary service involves gathering and distributing information related to sustainable art and art-making, from a centralized information network. Thanks to a diverse news partners, new information can be found on our main page almost daily. We distribute weekly and monthly newsletters via e-mail with highlighted news, calls for participation, and upcoming events. We also offer ways to connect to each other and directly to the centre through a variety of social media including facebook and twitter