Our goals and Values
We created SkyDay (our educational platform) to offer artists, scientists and educators the opportunity to help build a free and imaginative art/science curriculum (K-12) designed to inspire our young people to take a greater interest in how our sky functions and what its vulnerabilities are and appreciate how important it is we all work together, across cultures and borders, to achieve positive outcomes with climate.
We created Sky Day - September 21 each year - as an international day of celebration and re-connection to our climate and sky and an opportunity for schools to participate worldwide in our exciting projects.
Our idea is that as students progress through their schooling and take part in annual sky days they enjoy an art and science journey of discovery centered on the following three stages of enquiry: (1) What is the sky? (What is the science) (2) What are the impacts of climate change on our community? And on our world community? (Why should I care?) and (3) How I can help create substantial change (Become a part pf the solution)
What we mean by the term ‘sky’
At SkyDay the ‘sky’ is the thin envelope of gas that extends from Earth’s solid surface to the edge of outer space. If you can see it when you look up, that's what we are interested in. Our sky is is over, around and within us. We fly through it, breathe it, and drink it. It is the place where clouds hang out, lightning strikes and eclipses amaze us. It is the medium by which hot and cold air warm and cool us. We can see it, hear it, taste it, smell it and touch it.
We are inspired by the beauty and dynamic nature of our sky. Our sky is constantly changing hour upon hour, day upon day, and season after season. As artists it moves us to observe it, paint it, and write and sing about it. As scientists it stokes our curiosities and pushes us to understand how it functions. We respect our sky and we want to care for it and protect it.
Our sky is a shared resource.
The shared nature of our sky presents great challenges since what we do to the sky in London or Beijing directly impacts the sky across the globe.
We seek to build a global community.
At SkyDay we see an exciting opportunity to build a global community around the idea that our sky is one shared space. Climate change and poor air quality are global problems – problems whose solutions will require unprecedented levels of collaboration across borders and cultures. Through our imaginative initiatives we want to encourage participants to view themselves as members of a larger community, united in a common understanding that we must protect our sky.
All our initiatives have art and science components. SkyDay stands at the intersection of art and science. We seek artists, scientists and educators eager to collaborate on original initiatives that challenge us to think in new ways about our relationship to the sky. We encourage new thinking and new approaches to problem solving.
Ideas to consider when designing engagements:
We want to inspire originality of thought and individuality of reflection so projects should encourage participants to be creative, to challenge ideas and to think for themselves.
Initiatives should promote an understanding of how the sky functions and what its vulnerabilities are. All factual information offered by our projects must be guided by credible science and as that science evolves so will our projects.
We seek opportunities for participants to engage with their global peers. This can be done in a number of ways, for example via web-based art projects, science projects, social media, letter writing and so on.
Carpe diem! We want to encourage the next generation to see the challenges of forging a healthier relationship to the sky as opportunities for new leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, and we want them to seize those opportunities.