Bringing a little Greensboro with me to New York! Julia of Occupy Greensboro working with People’s Puppets on our Mermaid parade GMO fish puppets!
Incredible to see the puppets still playing their strong role here in New York and the development of even more accessible and creative public displays of activism! Not to mention being able to brush up on new puppet building tactics, as we have held this medium close in our travels since we met these wonderful puppeteers.
It is so important for us to maintain these relationships we have made along the way, constantly reconnecting and continuing to build this family of creative thinkers who we have collaborated with and who have inspired us throughout this project.
Traveling back, reuniting with friends at Occupy Greensboro!
After doing a puppet making workshop while we were in Boulder, Aster and her mother Elicia ran with the radical puppetry, bringing the Water Spirit and Frack Frack to their community to stand against Fracking! Such an inspiration, we certainly miss these ladies!
Boulder girl, 12, to perform her own play about fracking Saturday
By Cory Lamz Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 06/22/2012 06:44:09 PM MDTAster Arwen-LaFountain, 12, reads a prayer while performing a rehearsal of her anti-fracking play Friday in Boulder. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )If you go
What: ”Arikaree and the Frack Frack Monster”
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Sister City Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder
More info: occupyboulder.org
You’re never too young to be a playwright, as a Boulder 12-year-old proves with her show about fracking.
Aster Arwen-LaFountain’s play, called “Arikaree and the Frack Frack Monster,” was inspired by her and her family’s opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
"I care so much about the Earth, I can’t stand to see it go down like this," Aster said. "I thought, ‘If I wrote a play about it, people would fight fracking with me, together.’"
The free performance will be at noon Saturday at Sister City Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard. Aster, a seventh-grader at Manhattan Middle School, said she wrote the play in half a day.
It’s a puppet-based story about how a fracking machine poisons the water of a nearby river, causing animals to become sick until the narrator calls for the children in the audience to help chase away the monster in a way that recalls reviving Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan,” said Aster’s mother, Elicia Arwen.
"My daughter wanted other kids to feel like they could get involved and play along with it, with their stuffed animals," Arwen said.
Aster and her mom handcrafted the eight papier-mache puppets with other Occupy Boulder members.
Aster has also participated in Occupy Boulder and fought against bullying at her former school, Columbine Elementary.
"Aster is constantly writing and reading and talking about injustice and current events going on in the world. She was born that way," Arwen said. "She’s been a champion of justice since she was 2 years old."
Drilling companies say fracking — injecting a pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to allow for the flow of oil or gas — is safe, but activists charge that water and air are tainted by the chemicals used in the process.
Aster is also writing a novel, which will be “a fantasy about a set of girls as they set out to help the Earth,” she said.
"I get pretty stressed out during the school year, but I guess I manage," she said. "When you really care about something this much, you just go for it. You find the time."
Contact Camera Staff Writer Cory Lamz at 303-473-1361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Francis Drake High School
San Anselmo, CA
The Revolution Of Core Knowledge Program has been an incredible contribution to the public school system for twenty years by providing an alternative within the first two years of high school for those who attend Drake High. ROCK combines multiple subjects in a collaborative, project-based curriculum in which first year and second year students work together. The program promotes individuality and creativity, empowering its students by encouraging them to take charge of their own education and mentor each other as they are presented with challenging projects. The program uses varying artistic practices in almost every project to further develop creative thinking and stimulate on multiple levels while pushing students out of the comfort zone of a standard curriculum process.
"In former days the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God. He lived and died without being more or less important than other artisans; ‘eternal values,’ ‘immortality’ and ‘masterpiece’ were terms not applicable in his case. The ability to create was a gift. In such a world flourished invulnerable assurance and natural humility.
Today the individual has become the highest form and the greatest bane of artistic creation. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other’s eyes and yet deny the existence of each other.
We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster’s whim and the purest ideal. “
A couple shots from a photo shoot with the lovely and talented Elisha Jim Riley whilst in Memphis: