The Design Trust Dialogues: Ecoliteracy with Educator Dr Cathy Fitzgerald

I’m honoured this week to be interviewed by The Design Trust (UK) about how my long term ecosocial art practice evolved into a fulfilling, rewarding and sustaining livelihood. This is such a great supportive community for all creatives interested in understanding the business, marketing and strategic side to working in the creative sector!

A free online conversation with Anne-Marie Shepherd of The Design Trust

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with Ecoliteracy Educator,

Cathy Fitzgerald on Friday 10 June at 1pm (UK).

The Design Trust Dialogues is our series of FREE interviews celebrating the incredible people in our creative community.

We ask each interviewee the same eight questions and are always enlightened and inspired by their answers.

Our third conversation is with Dr Cathy Fitzgerald @haumea_ecoversity

Cathy is an Ireland-based New Zealander. Since the late 1990s, she has been inspired by the developing art and ecology field.

Through her ongoing creative forest restoration practice, she reviewed ecological art practice research for her PhD. Having a prior background in science gave Cathy an advantage to understand the challenges and potential of bringing art and ecology together in these increasingly urgent times.

Cathy has experienced first hand that key ecological and sustainability understanding for personal, collective and planetary wellbeing are not yet widely understood or available across the creative sector.

She is deeply passionate that more informed creatives are urgently needed to inspire audiences towards more just and sustainable living in ways that science and politics can not achieve.

In 2019, with ecophilosopher Nikos Patedakis she designed an innovative programme of online essential ecological literacy (ecoliteracy) and Earth-aligned values courses. These courses are for mid-career creatives in all fields, art educators, curators and cultural policy developers and became the online Haumea Ecoversity.

Cathy’s online training venture is also a story of a small creative startup, supported by her Carlow Local Enterprise and County Arts Offices.

Hello! Kia Ora! My name is Cathy Fitzgerald, and I’m an Irish-based New Zealander living in rural Ireland these past 20 years.

“In these urgent times, I’m passionate about bringing ecoliteracy including new ecological thinking, ethos, language and head-heart-body practices in an empowering transformative learning approach to the creative and wider cultural sector. Creative and cultural sector workers have a crucial leadership role if informed and supported. They can employ their social inclusivity skill and engaging creativity to inspire diverse communities to envision and embrace new understandings, values and actions for a more beautiful and just world.

Haumea Ecoversity Courses: we offer small 20 max places for a transformative learning experience:

  • 7-weeks Essential Ecoliteracy
  • 6-weeks Vision & Values for a better world with the Earth Charter
  • 4-week workshop for new ecopedagogy book for educators, creative teachers, performers, with Haumea Ecoversity Co-Director and philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis
Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD: ecological artist |
ESD Earth Charter educator | researcher

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