Part of what has made the past three processions so successful is the energy brought to them by students and young people! This year, UPP is doing long-term workshops in four schools in Providence. Genise emailed around this quick write-up last week, and I thought my readers might be interested to learn about the rest of what UPP is doing:
Students at Sophia Academy and Nathan Bishop Middle School will create instruments out of found, natural and recycled objects while studying Narragansett history and environmental social justice issues with the help of Science Teacher Alyssa Wood, Social Studies Teacher Tatiana Cozzarelli, Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth AmeriCorps Teaching Artists Lisa Melmed & Kris Lee, and UPP core members. Presentations by Director of the Tomaquag Museum Loren Spears will provide additional context and the resulting instruments will be played during the 2011 UPP on May 21st.
To add a touch of drama, students from the MET School will work with Brown Center for Environmental Studies MA student Adam Kotin to create a theatrical performance to weave into the procession (made possible by the Superfund Research Program’s Community Engagement Core, directed by Brown professor Phil Brown).
And last but not least, a collaboration with Community Preparatory School is in the works to construct two art fences at public
access points to Mashapaug Pond’s waters with a short written explanation of the environmental and health reasons the public should not enter the water. Visitors will be able to write their wishes for the pond on tags housed in birdhouse-like structures located nearby and tie them to the fences to create a tangible record of community dialogue.