Open Call – Creative Climate Leadership USA

Creative Climate Leadership training courses take place worldwide. They are facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle, a UK charity with almost ten years experience working on environmental issues in the cultural sector, in partnership with cultural and environmental agencies with on-the-ground experience in each location. 

Creative Climate Leadership USA

The next training course will take place at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 research facility from 8th – 14th March 2020. 

It will be delivered in partnership with EcoArts Connections, the University of Arizona-Tucson, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) based at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The application deadline is midnight, Thursday, January 9, 2020 Eastern Standard Time.

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL provides a week-long intensive residential program of leadership development, learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange delivered through talks, workshops, guest speakers, group and peer-led activity, and new tools, followed by six months of mentorship, and inclusion in an international network of colleagues that supports ongoing action.

Topics will include: historical, scientific and political drivers of climate change; the role of cultural leadership within the global environmental and climate justice movements; leadership for climate action, including personal development and movement building; strategies for managing change; communicating climate change; empowering action; systems theory, and design thinking; interdisciplinary working, and more.

The five-day intensive course will enable artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

The week will:

  • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

Participants will access ongoing mentorship and a global network of practitioners following the training, to support with the development or expansion of a self-initiated “legacy project” which applies CCL learning to real-world contexts, including commissions, campaigns, organizational change, and strategy and policy development, among other activities and events.

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at artists and cultural professionals and we welcome applications from all creative disciplines and art forms. We will also consider applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers.

We are looking for people who:

  • Recognise climate change as an urgent challenge, and are passionate and driven to enable change.
  • Want to have an influence beyond their individual organisation/artistic practice.
  • Have a vision for what they’d like to change and can demonstrate potential to lead.
  • Have the desire to advocate for and ability to articulate the importance of culture in responding to this issue.
  • Are interested in challenging conventional ideas about leadership.
Logistical details


  • Sunday 8th March 2020 – participants arrive at Biosphere 2
  • Monday 9th to Friday 13th March 2020 – training course
  • Saturday 14th March 2020 – departures and panel at the Tucson Book Festival

Language: The course will be conducted in English.

Location: The Creative Climate Leadership course will take place in Biosphere 2, one of the world’s most unqiue facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues.

Cost: The course costs $2,000, which includes tuition, lodging and food for six days and nights, and ongoing mentoring and membership of the CCL Alumni network. Participants are expected to pay for their own transportation.

Financial support: We have a limited number of scholarships available to support people who would otherwise be unable to attends. There is an opportunity to request this financial support at the application stage.


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To see a preview of the application questions, click here.

The application deadline is midnight, Thursday, January 9, 2020 Eastern Standard Time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Previous CCL Training Programmes

CCL was piloted in 2017 through a Creative Europe funded programme, with training taking place in the UK and Slovenia, co-facilitated with PiNA, a sustainable development NGO working in Slovenia and across the EU.

Top Image: Journey of the Private Moon in the Arctic Magdalena fjord, by Leonid Tishkov (2010).