Conversations with Land: nature, mark-making and magic

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish:
Urban children are losing their connection with the Land, that place which engenders creative expression and magical possibilities.

This project connects children between the ages of five and eleven back to the Web of Life and their creative heart. Walking in the Wissahickon Park and introducing children to the trees, the sky, the birds, the earth, re-connects them to the Land. Then, while in the park the children will express their experience with mark making. This project is not an art lesson but about connecting children back to their creative heart and nature.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget:
40 Children- three hours

6” square Birch wood panels $80
Milk paint$70
Brushes $60
yogurt containers 0
Paint mixing plates0
Rags0
Pencils Colored Pencils, set of 24 $160
Glue $20
String$10
Paper$60

Transportation to park Septa tokens $250
15- 20 volunteers/chaperons

Miscellaneous $50

Total$800

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal):
My current work is a called Conversations with Land, an exhibition that opens on February 6th at the 110 Church Gallery. In nature, I connect and let the Land to speak to me with marks. As a shamanic practitioner, I also believe that connecting people back to the planet is vital to our health and happiness.

I have taught young adults in the past; currently I teach classes that connect adults to their creativity.

I am very organized and always seek input from others if required. Although I have not lead a group with young children, I feel confident that with volunteers we can insure the children's safely and allow them to have a meaningful experience.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community?
Young children are more stressed than ever; social-scheduling pressures and the driving force of technology allows little time for day-dreaming. Children are taught to pass tests, not how to creatively think outside the box, to day dream and imagine different futures for themselves. Equally as important is to reconnect children with nature, to notice the trees, birds, sky and plants; and to teach them to honor the land and not use the earth as a disposable object. Bringing a connection back to nature and the creative life force is vital for this next generation to be healthy and happy.