Creative Earth

Mission: To support the artistic community in creating work that is environmentally sustainable without sacrificing artistic quality or vision.

About the Program:

The arts already have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the world, and we aim to create conditions under which artists and art-producing organizations can use accessible methods of reducing their environmental footprint while continuing to produce impactful art. We offer organizations advisory and logistical support in diverting waste from landfills, making environmentally responsible decisions and effectively communicating their efforts to patrons. We also provide educational opportunities and resources that are centred around artistic practice.

Climatable is launching a 2-year pilot project of the Creative Earth program, in which most of the focus will be on the theatre sector, with a long-term vision of supporting creators across all artistic disciplines.

Program Activities:

  1. Supporting theatre production: We work one-on-one with theatre companies for the duration of a production, beginning in the planning phase through to post-production, providing advice and logistical support in sourcing materials, making ecologically sound decisions and communicating their impact to the public without greenwashing.

  2. Fringe theatre program: We work with Fringe festival organizers leading up to the event, supporting efforts to reduce festival impact where feasible. We also engage local Fringe communities in sustainability through facilitated discussions and support for artists who wish to reduce their footprint on the Fringe circuit.

  3. Workshops: We host public workshops focused on different aspects environmental sustainability in artistic practice.

  4. Public Event Facilitation: We host events where eco-conscious members of artistic communities can share ideas, materials and methods.

  5. Educational Resources: We produce educational resources and guides that organizations and individual artists can use as tools to reduce their environmental impact.

Devon Hardy

Devon Hardy

Devon Hardy - Program Director

Devon is an environmental professional with more than 5 years of experience in the the sustainability field. She is passionate about creating more sustainable and resilient systems in the face of climate change. She has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences and a Masters degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, both internationally and within Canada. She is also a long-time contributor to the arts community in both creative and governance roles, with a focus on independent and Fringe theatre. Her mission is to use her environmental expertise to find accessible ways for artists and members of artistic communities to join efforts against climate change.