Creative Climate Leadership training courses take place worldwide. They are facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with cultural and environmental experts with on-the-ground experience in each location.

Creative Climate Leadership Canada

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. It will run 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

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About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL Canada offers training for 24 individuals on:

  • The Climate Crisis
  • Climate Justice
  • Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Climate Communication
  • Creative Leadership for Climate Action

The program will:

  • Help participants develop personal and professional tools and strategies to bring climate and ecological action to the centre of their practices and organisations.
  • Help enable participants to apply environmental frameworks and targets meaningfully to their work, and explore what leadership means in the context of a rapidly changing world.

Who the course is for

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.

Logistical details

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.

Language: The course will be conducted in English.

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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

The program 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. 

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Testimonials from previous CCL Participants

“Participating in the Creative Climate Leadership programme transformed me from a passive, mostly pessimistic spectator into an empowered participant. It connected me to a network of passionate actors from all parts of the globe and of various backgrounds. I keep on seeing the added value of hearing everyone’s voice and unleashing our potential in solving probably the most pressing challenge of our time.”

“The CCL course has given me a much clearer understanding of climate change as an ethical, socio-economic and political issue and of how my thinking around equality, human rights, collective rights and environmental justice interrelate.”

“CCL was an invaluable experience for me. It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people who have similar concerns to myself around climate and environment and are trying to figure out how the ‘creative industries’ address these issues. Since the week took place I have benefited from belonging to an international network, through which I have been able to share ideas, thoughts and receive feedback.”

“I broadened my network, and felt I was able to return from CCL to the crisis around the pandemic with a stronger perspective on the role I can play.”

“It gave me a better sense of the community of creative practitioners I was a part of, and what my role within that community could be.”

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. CCL USA was presented in the US in 2020 thanks to a collaboration of EcoArts Connections, the University of Arizona-Tucson, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) based at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The CCL Sweden Online was held in 2021 in collaboration with visual artist and sustainability scientist Diego Galafassi and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

Previous programme participants include artists and freelancers working in music, visual arts, theatre, film, museums, design, fashion, festivals, and more and people working at organisations including Live Nation, Arts Council England, Forestry Commission England, Manchester Museum, La Monnaie, Association of Performing Arts Professionals USA, Royal Court Theatre London, Fondo Accion Colombia, Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), Counterpoints Arts, Green Events Netherlands, Somerset House Trust and many more.