Open Source Arts: sustainability challenges, opportunities and hope
Guest blog post by Sam Townson, Sustainability and Environment Intern at Open Source Arts
Based in a homely urban warehouse opposite ITV Studios on Kirkstall Road Open Source Arts (OSA) is working to empower creative, practical action towards healthier, more resilient citizens, neighbourhoods and sustainable futures. We are a resource centre open to everyone who wants to work together to strengthen themselves and their communities.
As an organisation, OSA sit in a unique position at the interface between culture, arts and environmental engagement bringing communities together to actively create better places, whilst showcasing creativity and environmental and social sustainability. OSA believe that by helping make communities better connected and more equitable, together we can give people more space to think about improving things for themselves, for others and for the environment – rather than simply thinking about their own survival.
Sam Townson, Economics and Geography student from the University of Leeds recently joined Open Source Arts as part of a six-month internship. Speaking to the Open Source Arts team, they said “Sam has been instrumental in implementing and expanding on much of our existing work. Having a team member focused on sustainability has been invaluable and really afforded us more capacity we needed to keep climate and sustainability at the forefront of our minds and be able consider the impact of all our actions as a team and organisation. It has also been great to see the team beginning to discuss sustainability and climate change more together as a result and have the opportunity to share their innovative and exciting ideas for the space – especially after our recent Carbon Literacy training delivered by SAIL”.