THE WEATHER PROJECT
A community celebration of art and science on the one thing that affects and connects us all.... Talkin' 'bout the WEATHER!
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 9, 2014
The Weather Project Community Pageant Play in Yulan NY
What is THE WEATHER PROJECT?
A community-wide THEATRE, ART, and SCIENCE project about the WEATHER, our LIVES, our LOCAL HISTORY, our ENVIRONMENT, and our CURRENT CLIMATE.
Mark Twain purportedly said, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” NACL, in partnership with the Town of Highland and a host of local and regional organizations, is taking up this challenge. You can, too!
The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring residents, artists, and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science. The project will take place over the coming year, to culminate in August 2014 with a weather and climate science exhibition and a spectacular outdoor theatrical performance in Highland, NY. The project components include:
The Community Collaborators
This innovative arts engagement project is spearheaded by NACL Theatre with The Town of Highland, and the participation of: Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development, Western Sullivan Public Library, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute, Heron's Eye Communications, Catskill Arts Society, Eldred Central High School, The Homestead School, North School Studio, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Spiral Q Puppet Theatre, The Ottawa Stilt Union, Hospitality Green, Catskill Mountainkeeper, local choirs, community elders, musicians, visual and performing artists, and an incredible array of technical specialists including NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies scientist, Elaine Matthews. Filmmakers Tina Spangler and Isaac Dieboll-Green are making a documentary film about the year-long project.
YOU Make It Happen!
We invite residents of the surrounding Upper Delaware communities in Sullivan, Pike, and Wayne counties to participate in one or more of the many upcoming workshops and events that will help to shape THE WEATHER PROJECT. We want your voice to be part of the conversation.
Here is a sampling of the many ways in which you can be involved:
- Joining in Research, Writing, & Building of performance material
- Learning to Stilt-Walk and Sound-Paint
- Helping to create and operate large puppets
If you or your organization may be interested in collaborating, please send an email or call Tannis at 845-557-0694.
THE WEATHER PROJECT WORKSHOPS AT NACL
Monday nights at 6:30 PM at NACL, starting May 5th. Join Isabel Braverman and Corinna Grunn in developing The Weather Project dance component. Email us if you're interested.
PLAYMAKING WORKSHOP (open to all)
Tuesday Nights at 6:30 PM at NACL, starting May 6th. We are inviting residents young and old to join in the research, writing, building, and acting of the play, either on stage, or behind the scenes. Bring your creativity to NACL and be a part of creating The Weather Project Community Pageant Play. Please send us an email if you'd like to participate or find out more about it.
Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM at NACL, starting May 6th. Join The Weather Project chorus and sing up a storm. Email us if you're interested.
STILT WALKING (ages 12 and up - beginners welcome)
Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM at NACL, starting May 6th. Learn to walk on stilts and be a part of The Weather Project Stilt Corps. (. Email us if you're interested.
THE NACL YOUNG COMPANY (ages 13 and up)
Saturdays 2-5 PM at NACL, starting May 10th. Feeling creative? Want to express yourself? Want to change the world (or at least kick-start something into action)? Join the NACL Young Company.
In preparation for participation in The Weather Project Community Pageant Play, NACL artists will teach students acting technique, employing physical and vocal exercises, and will introduce additional skills such as stilt walking, playwrighting, design, directing, stagecraft, and music. Email Tannis if you'd like to participate or find out more about it.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
The Weather Project has engaged over 25 visual artists to create artworks with the theme "The Weather Outside My Window."
The artworks (created on recycled antique windows from the NACL artists' residence) will be used in a massive community theatre performance in the Town of Highland in the summer of 2014, the culminating event of this
THE WEATHER PROJECT In the News
"Our carbon problem; Local citizens work to address climate change"
The River Reporter - 02.20.14
"Lumberland takes the climate change pledge" The River Reporter - 02.19.14
"Preparing for climate change; Reducing our region’s carbon footprint"
The River Reporter - 10.09.13
"And now, for our local weather report" The River Reporter - 08.14.13
"Town, theatre on climate kick" Times Herald-Record - 08.11.13
"Collaboration in the Forecast" the570.com - August 2013
"Creating Community" The River Reporter - 07.10.13
Support for THE WEATHER PROJECT
The Weather Project is supported in part by an Our Town award for creative place-making from the National Endowment for the Arts, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by Sullivan Renaissance, and by local businesses including The Corner and Jeffrey McMahon, Inc.
We would like to thank our 2014 Season Sponsors (by cloud altitude)—CIRRUS: Arnold and Roberta Krumholz; ALTOSTRATUS: The River Reporter, Catskill Farms, Heidi Finkelberg, Cass Collins and Jim Stratton; TOWERING CUMULUS: Jeff Bank, The Homestead School, Catskill Mountainkeeper.
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