As a small and relatively new organisation we at Art and Energy can be guilty of rushing from project to project… a bit like our Marny the Moth in ‘A Moth’s Whisper’. (One element of our Moths To A Flame project).
When we think about the pressing need for change in the light of climate change, urgency can seem like the only way forward… and yet slowing down to evaluate is a vital part of any project or organisation – how else can we optimise our message and plan future projects to have a positive outcome?
Plymouth Culture host a Cultural Investment Fund, a collection of NPO’s based in Plymouth. They’re supporting us to undertake a series of activities to look back on our work to date. In particular, we’re interested in how creativity can give participants the opportunity to pause, think and find solutions – to encourage collaboration towards a greener, cleaner, fairer society.
We began by creating a questionnaire that we emailed out and shared on social media. Thank you to the 62 respondents who gave us fantastic feedback and recommendations. If you have feedback on your interactions with us to date, or ideas for future actions then please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always interested to hear your thoughts.
Our next step is to have conversations with some of the organisations that we are working with and aspire to work with. We are particularly interested in the idea of using creativity to talk more, make ideas happen or take action about our energy systems and other environmental issues.
Here are just a few of the results that we collected….
We asked for three words to describe Art and Energy. We are thrilled with these beautiful words. They are displayed here in a wordcloud showing terms used 2 or more times across the results and the size of font set by frequency of use.
Creative : 14
Inspiring/inspirational : 13
Innovative : 10
Energetic : 4
We asked respondents to describe their relationship with Art and Energy. ‘Friend’ was overwhelmingly used the most. We like to think of the Art and Energy Collective as being friendly!
We asked people to tell us whether we’ve made a difference to them. In particular people reported
- an increase in interest and understanding of renewable energy, the climate crisis & COP26, and moths.
- Being inspired to be creative.
- Feeling better and more hopeful
- and connecting people in conversation.
We’ve also encouraged people to make tangible changes such as changing to LED lightbulbs, and repairing instead of buying new.
The majority of respondents recognised Eco-anxiety as being a problem for people they knew. More than half said that they suffered from Eco-anxiety themselves.
We asked what people liked about Moths to a Flame. Nearly everyone mentioned participation, collaboration and involvement. The ‘Wow’ factor and the aesthetic of the project were also important, as was the climate theme.
We were overwhelmed by how many respondents generously offered their time, support and expertise.
The Art and Energy Collective is just what it says on the tin… a collective! If you would like to get involved then please drop us an email at email@example.comWe’d love to work with you!
This project has created as part of the Cultural Investment Fund, with the support of: