A few years ago I participated in the Voices from the Land project through EIRC/Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Since then, I have been unable to participate in the training for a variety of reasons. But this year, my district sent me to the two day workshop because the project fits in with our curriculum so well. I was ecstatic, even though it meant driving north, towards NYC, during rush hour. (For the record, a 50 mile journey took me almost 3 hrs this morning. It took me 1 hr and 10 minutes to get home this evening. Ridiculous.)
Today I spent the day at the offices of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. First of all, their LEED-certified building is amazing! They have a living biowall, which purifies their air and it just awesome.
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, the Voices project combines poetry, art, ecology, biology, digital photography, design, collaborative group work, and performance. We are walking our way through the project, just like our students would. Today we spent 3 hours in the woods, creating ephemeral art. Here is my group’s art:
Then we did a gallery walk, listening to the other artists’s describe their process and work, taking notes on words and concepts that struck us. Afterwards, we spent the remainder of the day listening to poetry and writing our own. Tomorrow we will come together and perform our poetry. I can’t wait!