Connection and placePosted: April 19, 2012
Since the last synthesis team meeting, I’ve been musing about connection, relevance, and place. Specifically, what is the essence of why the arts are important to learning, how do they connect with all other learning, and how does our concept of where and how that learning takes place support (or limit) that growth.
As I’m moving into a new role, I’m thinking a great deal about community and how organizations and institutions create, engage, shape, and reflect the communities they serve. I’m also thinking a great deal about nontraditional performance spaces, and ways to collaborate with a greater cross section of service providers to better support all of our children’s needs.
On a recent hike, I kept remembering a group I performed with back in Chicago called Theatre Hikes. They did docent led hikes through county and state parks, and at various stops along the way the actors (and we spent a good deal of time running across shortcuts to get into position in time!) performed a play-with each chosen spot along the hike corresponding to a new set design. At a time when many children may not have the opportunity to see or experience arts learning, when their exposure to nature and the outdoors can also be limited, and when childhood obesity rates are a national focus, are there any efforts being made already in the area (aside from possibly Mountain Playhouse at Mt. Tam) to combine developing a love and respect for the beauty of nature and outdoor activity with that of creating and experiencing the arts for children and families? If not, are there others who might be interested in exploring some options?