Canada 2022: Creative Climate Leadership Participants Announced

About CCL Canada

We are incredibly excited to announce the first ever cohort of Creative Climate Leadership Canada participants!

The CSPA has partnered with Julie’s Bicycle (JB) to host for the first time in Canada the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) program, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Since 2017, JB along with multiple partners have been offering intensive training opportunities to creative leaders from the arts and culture sector to deepen their understanding and commitment to climate justice and the ecological crisis. The immersive course will take place at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis, Alberta area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda in the foothill of the Rockies, from August 1st to 5th, and is open to artists, curators, creative and cultural professionals and policy-makers that work and live across Canada. This CCL will be delivered in English.

CCL Canada, hosted near Banff, Alberta, will offer training for 24 individuals. Participants will learn, discuss and reflect on the topics of the climate crisis, climate justice, resilience and wellbeing, climate communication, and creative leadership for climate action, and will develop personal and professional tools and strategies to bring climate and ecological action to the center of their practices and organizations. The five-day intensive course enables participants to apply environmental frameworks and targets meaningfully to their work, and explore what leadership means in the context of a rapidly changing world.

Meet the Participants

Alain Monast

Following his musical studies, Alain Monast was a professional musician for ten years before devoting himself to the management of organisations in music, dance and theatre. He has been involved at all levels of production and has provided administrative management for organisations of all sizes. Since 1998, he has held several interim positions as Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently a Program Officer for 2 programs : Arts Across Canada and Arts Abroad.

Anne-Catherine Lebeau

I have been active on the cultural scene in Montreal for the last 30 years. I first trained as an actress at the Moscow Art Theater School, I also translated a dozen plays from Russian to French and worked as an assistant director and a director. I completed a masters’ degree in Cultural Management at HEC Montreal in 2019 just before I cofounded Ecosceno, a social enterprise aiming to support the cultural sector in the socioecological transition. I have been the executive director since the beginning.

“Since I started my quest to understand what could be done differently in the cultural sector to waste less materials and take into consideration the climate crisis we are experiencing, I have been very inspired and impressed by all the work Julie’s bicycle has done in this area in the last 10 years. I am very eager to take part in a workshop designed by this organization.”

Ben Finley

Ben Finley is a collaborative performer-composer specializing in acoustic and electric bass. He grew up on a music festival farm (Westben), where he witnessed/fell in love with various ways of making music. Ben is the Creative Director of the Performer-Composer Residency and the Sustainability Coordinator at Westben. He is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Studies in Improvisation program at the University of Guelph, studying music festivals/creative music practices as sites of eco-cultural regeneration.

“I want to build lasting relationships from this experience and contribute to a support system to continue sharing insights, creating inspiration to continue our local/community work, and open ourselves into our own gaps, vulnerabilities, and personal grasping with these issues.”

Brighid Fry

Brighid Fry is a 19 year old musician and one half of the award winning duo Housewife (formerly Moscow Apartment). With her band and as a solo artist, Brighid has released 3 EPS and several singles. Housewife signed in 2021 and asked for a climate clause to be included. Believing in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future, in 2021, Brighid helped to launch the Canadian chapter of Music Declares Emergency.

I am applying for this program because I believe that artists have enormous power to affect social & political change. I want to see more musicians using that power and their platforms to call attention to the climate emergency and to help get people mobilized to push for meaningful action.”

Christine Brubaker

I am a theatre director & dramaturge. My focus is new plays/adaptations – often site-specific, based on true stories. I look for connections with histories, both personal & collective. Recent works: HenryG20, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V set in the G20 protests & Rella’s Cambrian Dream, a science-based piece for family audiences about the earliest forms of life on earth. I am the Division Lead in Drama at UCalgary & my research investigates the interaction of live & digital performance over mobile technology.

“I want to stretch, think differently & ideally bring back new energy not just in my role as Division Lead, but to my own practice. I want to harness and contribute to current actions of others to advance an ethical climate strategy for now, my own life-span and for the future.”

David Campion

I work with writer Sandra Shields on photo-text installations around power and its blind spots including 3 books (BC Book Prize 2003). In public galleries we have made a practice of appropriating pop forms as a means of sharing uncomfortable knowledge. Our last project, touring show Grand Theft Terra Firma (BC Museums Award 2018), tackles our own responsibility as settlers using digital gaming to reframe the settlement of Canada as a nefarious heist and challenge the moral authority of the colonial narrative.

Donna Grantis

Donna Grantis is a Canadian artist, guitarist, composer and producer. From 2012 to 2016 Grantis performed and recorded with Prince as a member of his funk-rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, and supergroup New Power Generation. She was named one of the greatest female guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. As a bandleader and eOne recording artist, Grantis fronted a 5-piece electric jazz quintet. Her album, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE, reached #1 on iTunes Canada (Jazz) in 2019. “Donna Grantis was born to play guitar.” – CBC Radio

“The mandate of Julie’s Bicycle – to mobilize the arts and culture to take action on the climate crisis – is so inspiring and exciting to me. It reflects the exact intersection I am passionate about exploring in my own work.”

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Deranger is a member of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action. Deranger works with the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, It Takes Roots, Climate Justice Resiliency Fund Council of Advisors and Chair of Bioneers. She has written for the Guardian, Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer, Red Pepper Magazine; featured in documentary films including Elemental (2012); is regularly interviewed for media outlets Democracy Now!, APTN, and CBC.

“We are forging paths for ourselves and our kin, we are holding self-determination and sovereignty at the centre and inviting change. Climate Justice demands more than protest or reduction of GHGs, it requires liberation from the root causes of planetary injustices – from colonialism, extractivism, capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy.”

Fanny-Pierre Galarneau

Fanny is a visual artist, muralist and social innovator fascinated by collective intelligence. Her practices have been centered around developing artistic participatory methods around the protection of living heritage, biodiversity, water and climate justice. Her passion has led her throughout Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and in knowledge-rich and creative northern and Indigenous territories. Fanny also works at the One Drop Foundation as a Social Art Specialist on safe water Programs. She is also co-developing a new philanthropy Youth initiative around Water and climate in Canada.

“Climate justice for me is an important act of colonial reparation. I want to develop my capacity of leadership and create strong connections and relationships”

Glenne Campbell

Glenne‘s creative work as a costume designer has included a wide range of motion picture projects and costumed personalities. Her work has spanned the universe portraying sci fi, contemporary, western, comedy, fantasy, and historical storytelling. She has worked internationally. Additional creative pursuits include drawing, painting, landscaping, travel, cultural community participation & sustainability stewardship. Her grandparents, the first gatekeepers at Jasper National Park in 1930’s, set an example.

“I need to learn the current language of climate change and environment challenge so that I may speak to it effectively. I need to learn techniques for how to support, educate and engage more people. . . While costuming tries to be green, it is in fact a consumptive art form which needs leadership to establish ways to reuse, reduce, recycle. I would engage with costumers globally.” 

Judi Pearl

Judi Pearl is Associate Producer for English Theatre at the National Arts Centre and a co-founder of SCALE – Sectoral Climate Arts Leadership for the Emergency – which works to mobilize Canada’s arts and culture sector around the climate emergency. She also currently serves on the board of The Only Animal and previously served for ten years on the board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. She is grateful to live and work on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.

“I hope to develop a deeper and more nuanced appreciation for how art and artists can shift underlying values towards a more regenerative future, away from extractivism and consumerism. I believe the answers go beyond the aestheticization of science, but we have yet to understand what this really means for artistic practice.”

Julia Matamoros

Julia Matamoros is a cultural worker and facilitator. She believes the arts can and must play a bigger role in climate action. Her work in education and sector-wide initiatives has focused on equity, diversity and inclusion, as Education Manager at the Gardiner Museum and as Partnerships Officer at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, where she worked with a national network of cultural organizations and new citizens to build inclusion through research, resources and a mobile app. More recently, as Associate with Garrow&Evoy, Julia coached non-profit organisations through strategic and social impact clarity.

“The alarming speed at which the climate emergency continues to escalate leaves no room to be passive. I feel the urge to be part of the solution and believe that arts and culture, a sector I know well, holds immense potential.”

Katherine Carleton

I’ve been Executive Director of Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada (the national association for Canadian orchestras) since 2005, and have also worked as a clarinetist, teacher, granting officer at a public funding agency, and orchestra manager. I’m an arts advocate and leader in collaborative initiatives among arts service organizations, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016.

“I love orchestras, yet I acknowledge that the markers of success in the orchestral field often require an outsized consumption of carbon, be it the construction of a new concert hall, a European tour, or programs that feature internationally celebrated soloists. I yearn for collective, creative responses from our sector, I seek ways to connect personal engagement with organizational decision-making, and I want to be part of re-conceptualizing just what success looks like.”

Katrine Claassens

Katrine Claassens is an artist and environmental policy communications specialist. Her paintings and videos reflect her interests in climate change, urban ecology, and internet memes. From the Arctic to Antarctica, she has presented research, led workshops, exhibited, and worked with scientists, students, and government stakeholders on the environmental challenges of the Anthropocene. In addition to her practice as an artist, she has worked with governments, universities, and think tanks in environmental and public policy communications. Katrine holds an honours degree in Visual Art and a master’s degree in Climate Change and Development.

“I have followed Julie’s Bicycle’s activities for years, and was extremely excited to see this opportunity to learn and connect with other climate creatives here in Canada.”

Luisa Ji

Luisa Ji (M.ARCH 2015, Permaculture Design Certificate 2021) is a multi-disciplinary creative, designer, and strategist. She believes individuals need to take up space as they experience art and author their own stories through art, rather than viewing artworks from a distance. Luisa is the studio lead at UKAI Projects, stewarding arts programs and co-production projects prioritizing polyphony. She is a co-founder of Nomadic Labs, a digital studio amplifying the works of social impact organizations.

“I want to explore opportunities where the arts and cultural production can provide an alternative by inviting broad and diverse audiences into immersive experiences that amplify climate narratives from those who have been impacted by environmental injustices disproportionately rather than only institutional or official narratives. I would like to collaborate and be in dialogue with people who are exploring similar approaches during this program.”

Marissa McHugh

Marissa McHugh is a Program Office at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she currently works in sector innovation and development. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Regina, where she studied acting for stage and film. During her MA in Drama and Literature at the University of Guelph, she developed her dramaturgical and directing skills. She then taught theatre at Ridley College before obtaining her PhD in English Literature. She has presented her research in Canada and abroad and worked at various arts organizations in the Ottawa region. She is originally from Saskatchewan, but has made Gatineau, Quebec her home.

Michelle Tracey

Michelle Tracey is a scenographer based in Toronto, Ontario working in the fields of theatre, opera, tv, film and events in between. She specialises in set and costume design but she also enjoys working with lighting and projections. Michelle earned her BFA from York University in Theatre Production and Design, and she is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy where she practised dramaturgical scenography under the mentorship of Lorenzo Savoini. Michelle is also a trained wardrobe technician and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions. Her upcoming design work can be seen onstsage at The Stratford Festival in Every Little Nookie, and at Crow’s Theatre in Anthropic Traces. Michelle is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to ecoscenography, intergenerational artistic exchange and the development of new sustainable working models. Her passion for scenography is rooted in its potential to spark imagination, to transform and transcend. She believes that collective experience has the power to inspire people to see new ways of being, to connect with one another and maybe even change the world.

“I feel an increasing responsibility to gain expertise around climate justice, and how to use my gifts as an artist to inspire change.  I hope to connect with other creative leaders to collaborate on artistic projects that evoke passionate responses towards climate action. I hope to build up an industry that can put shared values into action through climate-conscious programming, design and producing.”

Shammah Salwa 

Shammah Salwa is a multidisciplinary artist practising digital photography, photojournalism and documentary cinematography. She lives and works in Toronto with a special focus on the region of Scarborough and North York. Her work is influenced by my ancestral origins from Bangladesh exploring themes of nostalgia, migration narratives and the hyphenated identity. These themes tie into various topics within environmental justice movements such as food in/security, urban agriculture and indigenous land sovereignty.

“I hope to find a collective where participants from diverse creative mediums can collaborate on practical and radical approaches to tackling apathy and ignorance around climate change.”

Shawn Newman

Shawn is the Research & Impact Manager at Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the evaluation of TAC grants programs and Foundation initiatives and initiating collaborative research projects that support the arts and culture sectors through bridging academia and industry. Having had an international career as a dancer and choreographer, and described as “[one] of Toronto’s finest dancers” (Paula Citron, Toronto Life), Shawn then completed his PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He has taught in the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s as well as the Department of Dance at York University. His research spans many artistic disciplines while focusing on representation and power in and through critical race, critical disability, and gender studies.

“What I hope to get out of the CCL program are tools and resources to begin to understand how funding agencies can incorporate a climate focus into their grant assessment processes and policies. I also am keen to connect with a network of people addressing climate change, and to forge opportunities for further collaboration and partnership.”

Taiwo Afolabi

Taiwo holds the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre and serve as the Director for the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre at the University of Regina. He is an artist-scholar in applied theatre who has worked in over a dozen countries across four continents in variety of context. Through storytelling and devised theatre, he works with communities on issues pertinent to them from issues of immigration to climate justice among others.

“As a Black artist-scholar, I would like to explore creative climate leadership from the lens of decentralization and decolonization. While I listen deeply and learn from others, I would like to share ways place-based perspectives and practice can shape climate and ecological crisis with impact, creativity, and resilience.”

Tracey Friesen

Tracey has over 30 years experience in Canada’s cultural sector. In the decade before joining the Canadian Media Producers Association in 2020, she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation & Roundhouse Radio plus authored ‘Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change‘, which led to the founding of a charitable organization under the same name. Tracey spent nearly 12 years at the National Film Board in Vancouver, where she earned producer or executive credits on dozens of projects.

“I’d value the opportunity to forge deep (in-person!) connections with a wider range of new (to me) people who share my concern for our precious world, and my conviction that art and story can impact hearts and minds, leading to impactful behaviour change.”

(Photo credit: Creative Climate Leadership training course participants in Slovenia, photo by Karim Shalaby)

Venice Biennale Eco-Art Review 2022

Thursday, July 21

United States: 10:00am PT, 11:00am MT, 12:00pm CT, 1:00pm ET

EUROPE: 17:00 GMT  Australia: 4am AEDT, Thursday

Khaled Ramadan and more speakers to be confirmed soon!

This will be an incredible gathering of curators from this year’s Venice Biennale who are engaged with artists and current discourse on how art can play a role in decolonizing nature. As well as, members who have attended the Biennale that will act as respondents. It is an opportunity to understand the changing roles of art and representation of artists at the most prestigious international art event on the planet.

Gif above: Anders Sunna, Illegal Spirits of Sápmi, at The Sámi Pavilion, Giardini, Photo: Patricia Watts; Pera + Fora + Fauna, collateral event, installation shot at Archivi della Misericorida; Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tolat the Chile Pavilion, Arsenale, Photo: Patricia Watts; Independent exhibition Planet B: Climate Change & the New Sublime, installation shot at Palazzo Bollani organized by French curatorial cooperative, Radicants, including Nicolas Bourriaud, Photo: Patricia Watts; The Soul Expanding Ocean #4, Diana Policarpo, Ocean Space, at Chiesa di San Lorenzo.  

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. All participants MUST REGISTER. Members please consider making a donation.


Eco-anxiety workshop with / Atelier sur l’éco-anxiété avec: Wendy Greenspun

A conversation with a climate psychologist / Une conversation avec une psychologue spécialiste du changement climatique

Mon, 18 July 2022
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT


About this event

Despair, anxiety, frustration and sadness are some of the feelings that might arise from the fights against the ecological crisis and the social injustices of our times. Join us for a conversation with climate psychologist Wendy Greenspun centred on emotional sustainability and eco-anxiety. Wendy will take us through these themes and will open up space for folks to share their feelings and thoughts. 

Le désespoir, l’anxiété, la frustration et la tristesse sont quelques-uns des sentiments qui peuvent naître des luttes contre la crise écologique et les injustices sociales de notre époque. Rejoignez-nous pour une conversation avec Wendy Greenspun, psychologue spécialiste du changement climatique, centrée sur la durabilité émotionnelle et l’éco-anxiété. Wendy nous emmènera à travers ces thèmes et ouvrira l’espace pour que les gens puissent partager leurs sentiments et leurs pensées.

There will be live English to French translation throughout and additional accessibility support will be provided upon request. A zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to the event. 

La traduction simultanée de l’anglais vers le français sera disponible tout au long de l’événement. Il nous fera plaisir de vous offrir un soutien supplémentaire sur demande pour assurer l’accessibilité de l’événement. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter à cet effet. Un lien de connexion Zoom vous sera transmis par courriel à l’approche de l’événement. 

This event is made possible by the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Cet événement est rendu possible grâce à l’appui de Patrimoine Canada et du Conseil des arts du Canada. 

Wendy Greenspun, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and serves on the steering committee and board of the Climate Psychology Alliance- North America. She is on faculty at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, the Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Couples Therapy and the William Alanson White Couple Therapy Training and Education Program. She has presented papers, workshops, and courses nationally and internationally for mental health professionals on ways to work with climate distress and grief. She also provides workshops on building emotional resilience for climate activists, high school, and university students. She has run group forums (climate cafes) for processing climate distress. She is in private practice in New York City.

Wendy Greenspun, docteure en psychologie clinique et psychanalyste, est membre du comité directeur et du conseil d’administration du Climate Psychology Alliance – North America. Elle fait partie du corps professoral du Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, du programme d’études supérieures en thérapie de mariage et de couple de l’université Adelphi et du programme de formation et d’éducation en thérapie de couple de l’Institut William Alanson White. Elle a présenté des articles, des ateliers et des cours au niveau national et international pour les professionnels de la santé mentale sur les moyens de travailler avec la détresse climatique et le deuil. Elle propose également des ateliers sur le développement de la résilience émotionnelle pour les activistes climatiques, les lycéens et les étudiants. Elle a dirigé des forums de groupe (cafés climatiques) pour traiter la détresse climatique. Elle exerce en cabinet privé à New York.


Entanglement project in 6 continents

Artist: Alessandro Zannier

Cameroon Pavilion – 59th International Art Exhibition of Venice
International conference


59th International Art Exhibition of Venice 

Cameroun Pavilion – Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo Molon, San Polo 20186 – Venice

On Friday 1st July 2022

Start at 18.00 – End at 19.15

– Talk 30 minutes

– Performance 30 minutes

Free entrance

Conceived as an information and performative conference, the event includes a talk where Alessandro Zannier and his curatorial management are presenting the scientific, artistic, philosophical and divulging relevance of “ENT” project, taking stock of this suggestive operation that provides 6 twinning with some remote places, one per each continent. 

The meeting with the artist and the performance by the Ottodix Ensemble, that will be taking place in presence of the lighting installation “ENT2 Venice/Yaoundé” in front of a limited audience composed of viewers and insiders, are being moderated and translated into English by Francesca Sabatini in the theatre and videorecorded to be distributed by a press release to newspapers and trade magazines, as well as TV channels and thematic websites later on.

The “ENT” project

Alessandro Zannier’s “ENT” project, one of a kind, has intercepted two Venice Biennales of Arts in a row in the last two years. 

After the participation in his double role as visual artist and musician-performer to the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021 (“Resilient Communities” Pavilion Italy) with “ENT1 – Venice/Auckland” in connection with the twin installation sent to the antipodal Auckland University (NZ), Alessandro Zannier created the second twinning, this one with the African continent, crossing Venice’s environmental data with Cameroun’s ones.

Based on his seventh concept album “Entanglement” subjects (signed under his musical alias”Ottodix”), the project aims at talking some sense on the definitive link between single local phenomena on a global scale, with a cause-and-effect on the whole system.

Emma Hislop – UNKNOT

Join us on Friday 1st July from 6pm to celebrate the opening of Emma Hislop: Unknot
an exhibition of new work and Hislop’s first solo presentation.

Unknot showcases Hislop’s use of her multi-disciplinary practice to explore her perspective of the world as an assortment of unique connections. The exhibition showcases her fascination for approaches and methods of research into esoteric themes.

Taking a cohesive look at the value of material processes and their individual, masterful skillsets as both sciences and crafts. Through encounters and research across alchemy, mysticism, quantum physics, taxonomy and dual/alternative worlds and world views, she plays fact off fiction to trip, mock and investigate the changing goal posts of knowledge.

Free, drop-in event. No booking required.
Refreshments provided
Unknot is supported by Wasps and Marchmont Estate.

Exhibition runs 1. July – 1. August
Opening Hours Mon – Fri 0900 – 1700hrs
Southblock Gallery
Glasgow, G1 5QH​

Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees

Thursday, June 23

United States: 10:00am PDT, 11:00am MDT, 12:00pm CDT, 1:00pm EDT

Europe: 19:00 CEST Australia: 3:00am AEST, Friday, May 27

Hannah Chalew, Hings Lim, Paula Pedrosa, Barry Underwood

The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Gif Images: ©Hannah Chalew, Embodied Emissions, 2020; ©Hings Lim, Witness of Land (Historic Palm Tree at Exposition Park), 2021; ©Paula Pedrosa, Diorama, 2015; ©Barry Underwood, Blue Line, 2010.

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. All participants MUST REGISTER.


Art ON Fire

Thursday, June 16

United States: 10:00am PDT, 11:00am MDT, 12:00pm CDT, 1:00pm EDT

Europe: 19:00 CEST Australia: 3:00am AEST, Friday, May 27

Aviva RahmaniMichael & Heather Llewellyn, David Paul Bayles,Frederick J Swanson, Sam Hitt

Over 300,000 acres have burned in New Mexico over the last two months, in the Spring no less. In this Zoom event we will hear from members who have created data visualizations made during an artist residency, organized a group exhibition titled Forest Fires addressing wildfires in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, see photo documentation from a series titled Following Fire that’s a collaboration between an artist and scientist visually assessing the Holiday Farm Fire in Oregon, and a guest speaker who is an activist presenting an alternative perspective on the current Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon Fires in New Mexico. We will also have a selected group of artists present who are addressing wildfires in their work that will participate in the Q&A following.

Gif above: ©Avivia Rahmani, Projections of Fire, 2021; ©Llewellyn Studio, FOREST⇌FIRE, 2021; ©David Paul Bayles, Fireweed and Charred Western Red Cedar, 2021; ©NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, April 23, 2022.

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. All participants MUST REGISTER.


Apply now for Creative Climate Leadership Canada Aug 1-5, 2022

We are happy to announce that the CSPA has partnered with Julie’s Bicycle (JB) to host for the first time in Canada the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) program, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.  Since 2017, JB along with multiple partners have been offering intensive training opportunities to creative leaders from the arts and culture sector to deepen their understanding and commitment to climate justice and the ecological crisis. The immersive course will take place at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis, Alberta area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda in the foothill of the Rockies, from August 1st to 5th, and is open to artists, curators, creative and cultural professionals and policy-makers that work and live across Canada. This CCL will be delivered in English. Please reach out to us if you would like to be notified of future CCL versions in French.

Application deadline: June 19th, 2022

We will notify successful candidates that they have been selected for participation by June 28, 2022

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL Canada, hosted near Banff, Alberta, will offer training for 24 individuals. Participants will learn, discuss and reflect on the topics of the climate crisis, climate justice, resilience and wellbeing, climate communication, and creative leadership for climate action, and will develop personal and professional tools and strategies to bring climate and ecological action to the center of their practices and organizations. The five-day intensive course enables participants to apply environmental frameworks and targets meaningfully to their work, and explore what leadership means in the context of a rapidly changing world.

For more information on the program or to check out some CCL alumni stories, visit 


The CCL is for artists from any form of art and practice or for other creative workers such as administrators, producers or policymakers, among others, who live and work in Canada. Don’t hesitate to apply if you are passionate and want to explore how to use your creative talents in service to the ecological crisis and climate justice. 


Dates: August 1st to 5th, 2022

Language: English

Location: Barrier Lake Field Station, in the Kananaskis area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda

Transportation, food & lodging: Participants will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the CCL, as well as transportation to the field station from Calgary. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Calgary.


The total tuition is 2000 CAD and includes the costs of the program, food, lodging; 6 months of mentoring, and inclusion in an ongoing international network of CCL alumni. 

We have a limited number of full or partial scholarships available for those who articulate financial need to support their participation. 

COVID-19 related information

We will follow all local public health requirements and all requirements directed by the University of Calgary throughout the program. Given that this event involves close interaction with others, we require all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals will be encouraged to take COVID-19 precautions to keep themselves and others safe, and hand sanitizer, disposable masks and rapid testing kits will be available for use as needed throughout the program. 

Please note that this information is subject to change. We will closely monitor the public health situation in Canada in the weeks leading up to the event and inform participants about any changes to our CCL health and safety guidelines. 


Please contact us at if you have any additional questions about the CCL or application process.

Creative Climate Leadership is a Program of Julie’s Bicycle.

B/A Speaker Series: Greening the Arts Sector

You want your arts organization or project to be green, but you don’t know how to go about it? A great place to start is by tuning in to the Business / Arts Speaker Series next Thursday, May 26 for an introduction to the Creative Green Tools Canada with Devon Hardy.

Join us on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 for a conversation on greening the arts sector!

In this session with Devon Hardy, Program Director of Creative Green Tools Canada, we will explore strategies for improving the sustainability of our cultural institutions. Together, we will learn about the Creative Green Tools Canada (“CG Tools”), a free set of carbon calculation and reporting tools that allow organizations in the arts and culture sector to record, measure and understand the impacts of their venues, offices, tours, productions, festivals and more. During our discussion, we will consider the benefits of integrating these tools into our cultural facilities and programs as well as demonstrate how they can be put into practice.


Climate Justice Tea Time


Blooming Ludus invites you to Climate Justice Tea Time 2022!
기후위기를 이겨내기 위한 티타임에 블루밍루더스가 여러분을 초대합니다!


(*한국어 설명은 아래에 있습니다.)

DATE: Saturday 28 May 2022

TIME: 9am Atlantic (GMT-4) / 1pm UK (GMT) / 10pm Korea (GMT+9)

ONLINE – *The link will be sent to your email by 12 hours before the event.

Pay what you want! This is not a funded event. Your support and contribution are very much appreciated. You can pay us here:

Are you an artist feeling like the climate crisis is getting you down? Come and have a tea with us!
Climate Justice Tea Time is opening again!! We welcome anyone working in the field of arts, including artists, arts admins, staff, and academics… you name it! This is a place to connect, share ideas, and support one another across time zones. 

Blooming Ludus hosts this informal discussion exploring our responsibilities as artists within the climate crisis. Whether you are an expert who has been making climate centred work for years or someone who is just coming to the table wanting to make their practice greener, this is a place for us to connect, share ideas, and support one another. Grab a morning/lunch/evening tea and we’ll see you there!

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the event or accessibility concerns.

Blooming Ludus is a tiny international participatory theatre company based in Korea and Canada. We create climate art projects exploring our connection to the planet and each other since 2015.
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*The session will be run in Korean and English. Please bring patience and an open mind with your tea.
*This is a safe space for everyone – all genders, all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all ethnicities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, etc. As an international team, we strive to create safety for all. Please be respectful to other participants and staff members, and be aware of the privileges you bring to the space. We will send you our online safe space policy with the link for the event – please read before attending.

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