IMMA Earth Rising 2023: ‘A Quickening Holism: Creativity as an Act of Love’

with Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, Grace Wells, Prof. Michael Cronin and Phoebe Cope

Save the date: 11.30 – 2 pm, Thurs 21 Sept 2023, Screening Room
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin 8


‘A Quickening Holism: Creativity as an Act of Love’

I’m delighted to share news of a very special 2h seminar of 4 presentations, short ecopoetic films & paintings, with a panel discussion & audience Q & A. I will be speaking with my colleagues Grace Wells, Prof Michael Cronin and Phoebe Cope. ALL WELCOME.

What is the seminar about?

We will talk about how the dominant culture has viewed humanity as separate and superior to the wider community of life over centuries.

The presenters will share how ecoliteracy is hindered by entrenched habits of human privilege, making it a challenging task to fundamentally re-orient education and creative practice.

However, cultivating a broader ecological mindset through creativity, cultural diversity, and compassionate, holistic values, reflected through more appropriate linguistics, can centre us on a more equitable, sustainable path.

✨The stars are aligning too, as coincidentally on 21 Sept, we will talk about the people’s & UNESCO-endorsed Earth Charter – which is also the International Day of Peace that the Earth Charter promotes. 2023 is also the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the Earth Charter encompasses. And the week 18-24 Sept is also the midpoint mark to reconfirm global attention for the UN Sustainability Development Goals!

All Welcome.  #Haumeans please come and spread the word

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Grateful thanks to IMMA Curators Julia and Siobhan of the Earth Rising Festival and to Annie Fletcher, Director of IMMA for her extraordinarily inclusive Earth Rising vision.

My deep gratitude to Grace Wells for the many supportive conversations and her enthusiasm for being Haumea Ecoversity’s first ecopoet-in-residence in 2020. Congratulations also to Grace for being longlisted for the 2023 Laurel International ecopoetry Prize for her latest, extraordinary collection The Church of the Love of the World (2022). My thanks also to author and workshop organiser Margaret O’Brien, and Ray O’Foghlu of Hometree who have supported Grace and me in working more closely together.

Also to Gaeilgeoir painter Phoebe Cope for her great interest in ecoliteracy (she’s accompanied me and Nikos through all our courses) and her vision to translate the Children’s Little Earth Charter An Ghaeilge – into Irish and then her commitment to translating the Peoples’ Earth Charter, for all in Ireland.

To Prof Michael Cronin for so willingly contributing to our seminar and for writing the important small book that I recommend in all my courses, Irish and Ecology.

Creative Ireland Carlow for Creative Drummin Druimín Cruthaitheach Bog project funding 2021-22 that partly funded Phoebe Cope to undertake the official translation of the Earth Charter into Irish.

To Prof Emeritus Peter Blaze Corcoran (USA), Earth Charter International and my collaborating philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis (California) – they lent their ideas to the title and much of the wisdom of my presentation.

Also to the late Fearghal Duffy, storyteller, medieval Irish scholar and wetland lover who immediately supported Haumea Ecoversity and the translation of the Earth Charter.

Hello! Kia Ora! My name
is Cathy Fitzgerald.
I’m a New
Zealander, living in rural
Ireland, the home of my ancestors, these past 25 years. Since 2019, I have offered ecoliteracy training to 250+ creative professionals in Ireland and internationally.

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

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD:  ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), | Accredited 
ESD Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor. In 2022, Cathy was nominated as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator by Earth Charter International.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald

Ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), Advisor for Creative Drummin Carlow Bog project, Accredited ESD* Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor.

In 2022, Cathy was nominated by Earth Charter International, UNESCO Chair for ESD as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator for Ireland.

*ESD is the UN-mandated shift in global formal and lifelong learning toward Education for Sustainable Development

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