Yearly Archives: 2015

Seven Green Captains Receive 2015 Tony Nominations

This post comes to you from the Broadway Green Alliance

Congratulations to all our Green Captains who received Tony nominations this season!

Labelled Tony Noms

 

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Creative Carbon Scotland’s Ben Twist wins Low Carbon Pioneer Award

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Ben Twist was presented with the Low Carbon Pioneer Award from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at their Low Carbon Innovation Awards last Wednesday, 29th April 2015.

The awards come at the end of a four-year Low Carbon Innovation (LCI) project that supported Scottish SMEs in developing low carbon products and services. Funded by ERDF, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University, the LCI has fortified ECCI’s role as a hub for sustainable innovation.

The project, running from May 2011 to May 2015, had a total investment of £1,567,797, engaging with 1,400 SMEs and supporting over 500 of these enterprises (including Creative Carbon Scotland), alongside 50 networks and 51 in-depth projects. 200 new products or services were created through this process, which exceeded the original target set by the LCI by 200%.

The winners of the Low Carbon Innovation Awards have contributed to enterprises in the following four categories:

  • Most Innovative Product – Sunamp
  • Most Innovative Service – Scene Consulting
  • Low Carbon Pioneer Award – Ben Twist, Creative Carbon Scotland
  • Contribution to a Low Carbon Economy Group Award – Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group

Duncan Wall, Environment Manager for Diageo, presented Ben Twist with the Low Carbon Pioneer Award. Wall said: “We are very pleased to sponsor these awards and proud to have supported the ECCI through their work supporting SMEs in Scotland helping to transform the low carbon landscape. As a business we innovate on carbon reduction and welcome the opportunity to support others and share our experiences.”

More information about the LCI can be found at ECCI’s website.


Image: Ben Twist, founder Creative Carbon Scotland, presented by Duncan Wall, Diageo, Environment Manager

 

The post Creative Carbon Scotland’s Ben Twist wins Low Carbon Pioneer Award appeared first on Creative Carbon Scotland.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Satish Kumar Documentary

This year, Emergence, in association with Resurgence, Schumacher College, Volcano and Culture Colony is making a landmark documentary series of 6 hour-long conversations with Satish Kumar, one of the greatest living teachers and visionaries of the 21st century – and we want you to help us make it happen. We are doing this.

From April 27th to May 29th 2015, we will run our very first crowdfunding campaign to enable us to create these documentaries. We’re writing to you in the hope that you will support us by helping to spread the word as widely as possible via your networks. Here’s more information –

What is Emergence?

Emergence is an arts and sustainability collective based in Wales. We make art with one agenda: to change the world for the better. Satish Kumar is one of the main inspirations behind Emergence and his philosophy and activism continue to inspire our work.

Who is Satish Kumar?

satish-kumar-photoBorn in 1936, Satish became a Jain Monk aged 9 and then, aged 18, joined the Gandhian non-violent, land reform movement. In 1964 his 8,000 mile, Peace Walk took him from Delhi to all the nuclear capitals of the world, without a penny in his pocket, carrying only a message of peace.

 

He later settled in the UK and went on to become Editor of Resurgence Magazine championing ecology, art and spirituality. He founded the world’s leading college for activists and change-makers, Schumacher College, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“Satish is a truly remarkable manifestation of the human spirit. Working at the juncture of curiosity and compassion, he’s inspired so many to do so much!”  – Bill McKibben, 350.org

“Visionary, earthy, filled with wonder – Satish Kumar and his work holds a door of possibility towards a future worth serving.” – Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future

In his tireless teaching, writing and speaking over eight decades, Satish has changed countless lives. But never before has there been a record of his life and work that deeply investigates all that he stands for and advocates.

Why make a documentary series?

We live in extreme and scary times, yet we lack the political leadership we need to bring our planet back from the brink of ecological, social and economic crisis. This situation leaves many of us feeling isolated and disempowered. The message at the heart of Satish’s teaching is that individuals can and do change the world for the better. He is a living example of Gandhi’s maxim that we should “be the change we want to see in the world”. At times like these, we all need to be inspired to change – and Satish is one of the most inspirational teachers the world has ever seen.

In making this series, we want to bring Satish’s words and teachings to as wide an audience as possible and, at the same time, create a legacy of his lifetime of learning for generations to come. This won’t be a hagiography, a simple glorification of a man’s life and work. We will challenge Satish to communicate his philosophy as never before through six hours of intense, enlightening and enriching conversations.

What will the series be like?

We live in the age of the sound-bite, short attention spans and ‘quick-fix’ culture. We want this series to be the opposite of that – an opportunity to spend quality time in Satish’s company. The series will present Satish in deep conversation to really draw out his ideas and stories.

To ensure rigour of debate, we have chosen as our interviewer Jane Davidson, like Satish a teacher and activist, and also former Minister for the Environment and Sustainability in Wales – the woman behind the radical One Planet One Wales initiative.

Amongst the many legacies of Jane’s time in post, Wales is now committed to sustainability as a core organizing principle – the first government in the world to take such a stance. Jane is really looking forward to the conversations with Satish, keen to find ways of drawing out his ideas and bringing them firmly into the mainstream. Jane and Satish share the same values and ideals yet approach them from very different viewpoints. These conversations are sure to be a terrific meeting of minds that will bring real insight into the huge challenges we all face – and offer practical ways to change things for the better.

You can watch a short video of Jane talking about the project here.

These six hour-long films will be filmed in summer 2015 and released as a limited edition, beautifully presented, DVD box-set in autumn 2016 – Satish’s 80th year and the 50th Anniversary of Resurgence.

How will we be funding the series?

In keeping with the spirit of Emergence, we will be raising the funds via a campaign on the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo. By supporting our campaign and investing in the project, backers will be literally pre-ordering their copy of the documentaries – either by download or the DVDs – and we’ve also put together a terrific package of benefits, including signed books, subscriptions, the chance to attend the final interview or even to become a co-producer! This is a strictly not-for-profit project. All monies raised will go into making it happen.

How can you help?

We are initially approaching a number of influencers to help us. These are people we know who are committed to social change and have wide networks of contacts. We are approaching YOU as one of our influencers who, we hope, will endorse our project by flagging it up to your friends, colleagues and networks. Of course, we also hope you will back ourcrowd funding campaign.

This email is to give you advanced notice of our campaign. We have just 33 days to raise our budget of £30,000. When the campaign goes live we will send you an email linking to our page on the Indiegogo site with all the details you’ll need to share with your networks.

We’re really excited about creating this landmark documentary series and we hope you will join us in making it a reality. OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAGN WILL GO LIVE ON MONDAY 27TH APRIL AND WILL RUN UNTIL FRIDAY 29TH MAY. During that time it would be wonderful if you could share our campaign emails, tweets and Facebook posts with your networks andencourage them to do likewise. The more people that hear about it, the morechance we have of reaching our target and making this happen.

We will be back in touch again soon, in the meantime if you want to know more please get in touch.

Warm wishes,

Fern, Phil & Esyllt

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NYLM sponsors the Agnes Denes Award for Environmental Art

The Agnes Denes Award for Environmental Art, sponsored by the organization New York Loves Mountains and named in honor of pioneering environmental artist Ages Denes, will be awarded to an artist whose work has been or will be shown or performed in New York State between June 2014 and June 2015. This award is designed to recognize artists who are working with the intention to bring about awareness, discussion and action in response to current global, national, state or local environmental challenges. This award aims to support work that goes beyond grief, anger and irony to point to sustainable alternative practices and guiding ethos in realms such as urban planning, electrical systems, consumer resource use, transit, and energy politics. This award supports the idea that art is a crucial means of communication about contemporary environmental concerns in that it defies the current social tendency toward specialization at the cost of recognizing imbalances that affect all humans on multiple levels. This award will honor an artist who demonstrates unique vision and courage in concert with artistic skill and talent toward raising consciousness about humanity’s evolution toward truly sustainable principles and practice.

Amount of Award: $2,000

Eligibility: Any artistic work shown in New York State between June 2014 and June 2015. Submitted work may include an original song, a film or video, visual art, or a theatrical performance. Please send any queries about the eligibility of a piece to agnesdenesaward@gmail.com

To Apply for the Award

If you would like to apply for the Agnes Denes Award for Environmental Art, please submit the following to agnesdenesaward@gmail.com no later than June 30, 2015:

  • A 300-500 word cover letter explaining the piece you’re submitting and the reason you feel it fits the criteria for the award
  • Application Form (posted at www.newyorklovesmountains.org)
  • 6-10 photos or a video (approximately 2 minutes in duration) providing an accurate and complete visual representation of your piece
  • Any relevant publicity or press surrounding the show or performance in which your piece appeared
  • A list corresponding to the images giving references to title/ description of works.

Nominations

We also accept nominations for the award. Nominations may be emailed along with artist name, the title of the nominated work and the artist’s contact information to agnesdenesaward@gmail.com

Decision

The decision, made by a panel of artists with a final selection made by Agnes Denes, will be announced in October 2015.

About Agnes Denes:

A primary figure among the concept-based artists who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, Agnes Denes is internationally known for works created in a wide range of mediums. Investigating science, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, poetry, history, and music, Denes’s artistic practice is distinctive in terms of its aesthetics and engagement with socio-political ideas. As a pioneer of environmental art, she created Rice/Tree/Burial in 1968 in Sullivan County, New York which, according to the renowned art historian and curator Peter Selz, was “…the first large scale site-specific piece anywhere with ecological concerns.”

Her work Wheatfield – A Confrontation, which the scholar and curator Jeffrey Weiss has called “perpetually astonishing . . . one of Land Art’s great transgressive masterpieces” (Artforum, September 2008), is perhaps Denes’s best-known work. It was created during a four-month period in the spring and summer of 1982 when Denes planted a field of golden wheat on two acres of rubble-strewn landfill near Wall Street and the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan (now the site of Battery Park City and the World Financial Center).Wheatfield is almost better known than the forests Agnes has planted in other parts of the world. The largest reclamation site in the world, Tree Mountain—A Living Time Capsule,of 11,000 trees is a 400-year project to create the world’s first manmade virgin forest. Other forest work includesA Forest for Australia,of 8000 trees in Melbourne, and a new forest she is in the process of creating for New York City. Her forests clean the air by absorbing carbon emissions, and clean fresh water for Earth’s growing population.

Works by Agnes Denes are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Kunsthalle Nürnberg and many other major institutions worldwide.

She has received numerous honors and awards including four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and four grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; the DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, Germany (1978); the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award (1985); M.I.T’s highly prestigious Eugene McDermott Achievement Award “In Recognition of Major Contribution to the Arts” (1990); the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (1998); the Watson Trans-disciplinary Art Award from Carnegie Mellon University (1999); the Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2007); and the Ambassador’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy for Strengthening the Friendship between the US and the Republic of Hungary through Excellence in Contemporary Art (2008). She lectures extensively worldwide and speaks at global conferences.

Denes is the author of six books and is featured in numerous other publications on a wide range of subjects in art and the environment, including the recentEco-Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World.She is currently in the process of planting 50,000 trees in New York City. A flowering pyramid she is creating at Socrates Park, also in New York, reminding us of the dynamics of nature, will open this April. Her exhibition “In the Realm of Pyramids: The Visual Philosophy of Agnes Denes” is on display at the Leslie Tonkonow Gallery in Manhattan now through May 9, 2015.