Environmental Community

Announcing Heatwave: LA’s Theatre Community Commits to the Environment

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA) is proud to partner with


HeatWave: LA’s Theatre Community Commits to the Environment.

Register here to attend the HeatWave conference on June 9th by clicking here!

HeatWave is a project which brings together the professional Los Angeles Theatre Community – writers, devised theatre makers and producing theatre companies – to confront and grapple with environmental issues, including Climate Change and issues of Environmental Justice.

HeatWave is designed to generate new works and connect the Theatre Community to the Environmental Community, as well as promote and facilitate greener practices in operations and production.

Join us for our kick-off day-long event at TreePeople’s Conference Center in Coldwater Canyon Park.

  • 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Saturday, June 9, 2012
  • 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$25 Registration Fee (includes lunch)

Scheduled Speakers include:

  • Terence McFarland (LA Stage Alliance)
  • Ian Garrett (CSPA)
  • Douglas Clayton (LA Stage Alliance)
  • Justin Yoffee (Arts, Earth Partnership)
  • John Raatz (GATE Foundation)
  • Spoken Word by Steve Connell & Douglas Kearney
  • Video by Heidi Druckler Dance Theatre
  • Staged Reading TBD

For more information about HeatWave and HeatWave events, visit www.HeatWaveTheatre.org!

Brief to make KEYSTONE XL an international issue

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

Brief for a campaign extension

Bill McKibben‘s team along with a number of other NGOs and activist groups in the US and Canada have been campaigning to stop Obama signing off the Keystone XL project.  The extension of the Keystone pipeline is a fundamental to the development of tar sands oil.  Tar sands are one of the most polluting forms of oil extraction and only viable because of the approach of peak oil.  We are faced by a choice: get off our addiction to fossil fuels, or continue into even dirtier and more destructive habits.

The Keystone Pipeline and its extension run from up near Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, down to Houston, Texas (see transcanada’s map).  They are literally a throat down the middle of North America with which to feed the addiction.

The Tar Sands Action campaign in the US is well supported and reaches out to a large environmental community, but there is relatively low awareness in other parts of the world.

In an email exchange with members of McKibben’s team it became clear that there was a need for creative and environmentally active people outside the US to create artworks, actions, logos, graffiti and other forms of intervention in order to raise awareness and show solidarity.

Current campaigning in Washington seems to be focused on encircling the White House, visibility at all Obama’s public engagements, securing mass arrests of celebrity figures to maximise news coverage.

If you are interested in responding to this (unofficial) brief then do something.  If you want to, you can send proposals to ecoartscotland.net and also to the Tar Sands Action team, but we’ll just say “get on with it”.

Budget: whatever you can invest in time and materials.

Timescale: sooner the better – 6th November is a key date when it would be good to have some shared plans.

Insurances: none required.

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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