The Coalition strives to provide the museum community with facilitated access to the latest news, upcoming events, and useful resources towards a more ecologically-aware sector. 

The following is a selection of content and knowledge created and shared by colleagues around the world as well as institutions and museum associations. We are constantly building a database of resources useful for addressing the questions arising from museums and climate change and sustainability.


Should you have content you’d like to share, please contact us at contact@cmcj.ca.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Creative Green Tools Canada

We are so excited to share the tools with you and to take a step forward together towards a greener arts and culture sector.

Outils Creative Green Canada

Nous sommes très excités de pouvoir partager ces outils avec vous et de faire un pas en avant ensemble vers un secteur artistique et culturel plus vert.

Starts 29 November 2021 – continuous //
 

ICOM x Future Learn

Creating Meaningful and Inclusive Museum Practices – Learn how to engage and collaborate with diverse communities to turn museums into spaces of social inclusion and belonging.

Starts 26 January 2022
 

Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables

Cette série de formation vise à outiller, sur différentes thématiques liées à l’écoresponsabilité, les individus et organismes francophones oeuvrant dans le milieu culturel et artistique partout au Canada.

27 April 2022 – 11 May 2022
 

Victoria & Albert Museum

This course will explore ways in which you can develop a sustainability plan that is meaningful and resonates with your staff, partners and audiences.

DEADLINE 25 March 2022
 

The Climate Museum

Applications from humanities scholars who wish to engage the public on climate change and inequality, to fill two two-year full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowships funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

16-17 March 2022


Galleries Ontario

Art, Collections and the Environment

Two-day professional development workshops

28-30 March 2022


Museums Next

Green Museums Summit

Inspiring ideas and case studies from museums working towards sustainable futures

FUNDING

Coming Spring 2022 //
 

Canada Council for the Arts

For the Canadian arts sector.

Coming Spring 2022 //
 

Conseil des Arts de Montréal

Pour les organismes à Montréal.

2022 Intake coming up //
 

Government of Canada

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings

Ongoing
 

The McConnell Foundation

Funds activities focused on at least one of our three focus areas: Climate, Reconciliation and Communities. Innoweave offers coaching support for organizations seeking to clarify their outcomes and improve their impact.

Starts 3 April 2022
 

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation (US)

The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is an energy and climate granting program launched by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI and Environment and Culture Partners.

CONFERENCES, VIDEOS & PODCASTS

ICOM France

Soirée-débat déontologie “Les musées, acteurs crédibles du développement durable?”

Julie’s Bicycle

Culture: The Missing Link

Canmore Museum

Culture, Community and Sustainability with Douglas Worts and Caitlin Southwick

Nordic National Museum

On The Front Line: Arctic Museums and Climate Change

Radical Talking Radio

Pushing museums to take action on the climate crisis: interview with Robert Janes

Gallery Climate Coalition

24 November 2021

Decarbonizing the Art World

Curating Tomorrow

10 November 2020

What is Sustainability in Museums?

Palais des Beaux-arts de Lille

27-28 janvier 2022

Construire la durabilité de nos musées

MuseumNext 
Museums and the Climate Crisis

16 February 2021

An interview tieh Nick Merriman, Director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, UK

BC Museums Association Podcast

Launched 12 October 2021

We are excited to announce the BCMA’s Climate Action Podcast Series! 

Julie’s Bicycle
Creative Green Webinar: Sustainable Production for the Arts

17 June 2021

Exploring ‘green’ production practices for the sector.

Onassis Foundation Stegi + JULIE’S BICYCLE + BRITISH ARTS COUNCIL
A digital symposium examining the role cultural organizations can and must play in acting on the climate emergency.

Royal Ontario Museums
The Allan and Helaine Shiff Curatorship of Climate Change

12 Nov 2020

Art/Switch
Ongoing
2020/21 Virtual Conferences

Centre Pompidou
Quelle transition écologique pour la culture?

28 Nov 2018

Green Museum
Join host Hilary Wilson for a podcast that examines sustainability within art and cultural heritage.

conscient podcast
A bilingual series of conversations about arts, conscience and the ecological crisis.

Mêtis Association
À la croisée des chemins, l’ambition de Mêtis est de créer et de renforcer le lien entre recherche et terrain, d’initier et promouvoir des espaces de partages entre pratiques artistiques et culturelles, et entre les acteurs professionnels qui y évoluent.

Julie’s Bicycle
Vimeo site of this renowned UK charity working towards making sustainability intrinsic to the business, art and ethics of the creative industries.

The Courtauld

This discussion, hosted by the MA Curating the Art Museum course at the Courtauld Institute of Art,  focuses on the courses of action available to institutions and artists concerned with the climate crisis, and what influence these stakeholders can actually have on a local and global level.

Robert R. Janes
Museums and Climate Change, a call from Robert R. Janes for museums to become intellectual activits. Presented by Future of Museums.

17 June 2014

Robert R. Janes
Museums and the Climate Challenge, a video funded by the Norwegian Arts Council and produced by Shadow Light Productions and written by Robert R. Janes.

2 Nov 2020

Robert R. Janes
Museums in a Troubled Word, presented by Future of Museums

14 Dec 2019

Robert R. Janes
Climate Change Provocation, presented thanks to the Banff Centre.

2 May 2016

Robert R. Janes
Museums in Perilous Times, keynote speech at the Ontario Museums Association Annual Conference.

26 Nov 2020

Robert R. Janes
Museums Without Borders: A Manifesto, presented at the Group for Education in Museums Conference.

1 Sept 2016

ARTICLES

July 2021

Eco-Art: An Interactive Map

The aim of ecological art (or eco-art) is to challenge existing social and political paradigms regarding human interaction with the environment.

August 2021

JEN RAE & CLAIRE G. COLEMAN

Refugium

Centred on First Nations knowledge and protocols.

24 September 2018

CANADIAN ART

The Green Cube

2018

Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators

Anne K. Armstrong, Marianne E. Krasny, Jonathon P. Schuldt

Winter 2020 //

FICSUM
 
Communiquer l’urgence climatique au musée

TOOLKITS & TRAINING

January 2022

ALBERTA MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION

This resource is intended to empower museums to embed environmental sustainability into the core of how they operate.

Ongoing

CARBON LITERACY PROJECT

The Carbon Literacy Project offers everyone a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning.

January 2022

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE CURATING

A guide designed primarily to help students think about eco-friendly options in designing exhibitions.

Ongoing

MUSEMS ASSOCIATION (UK)

We believe that we can play a critical role in raising awareness, changing behaviour and championing change with our communities.

Ongoing

BARDER ART (US)

Resources sharing for art. And in doing so, reduce waste, recover valuable space, lower operating costs, foster industry connections, and invest in a circular economy.

November 2021

CULTURE ET TRANSITION ÉCOLOGIQUE

L’art de l’urgence : Conjuguer pratiques en arts et pratiques écologiques

Ongoing

THE CLIMATE TOOLKIT

Areas of focus: waste, energy, visitors, investments, food service, and more!

Ongoing

KI FUTURES

Brings together resources and actions empowering institutions and individuals so that together we can bring about sector-wide change.

March 2020

OUR COLLECTIONS MATTER

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

2019

THE FUTURE OF OUR PASTS

International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

2021

HOW DO WE KNOW? BECAUSE IPCC

Because IPCC explains in a simple comic-book style the IPCC’s unassailable method.

2020-2021

KI BOOKS

Ki Culture

2019-2021

CURATING TOMORROW

Henry McGhie

2021

Mobilising museums for climate action

An open-access collection of useful tools, frameworks and concepts, together with essentials of climate action, to help empower museums, their partners and – most importantly – communities everywhere.

BOOKS

2017

Curating the Future
Museums, Communities and Climate Change

Edited By Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin, Kirsten Wehner

2018

Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 1
Theory of Climate Change Communication

Editors: Leal Filho, W., Manolas, E., Azul, A.M., Azeiteiro, U., McGhie, H. (Eds.)

Museums as Agents of Change

A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker by Mike Murawski