At New Village Press we sometimes find ourselves inundated with amazing activities outside of the office. Yesterday marked the beginning of a whirlwind of conferences and events that New Village will be participating in and even co-hosting! These events provide wonderful opportunities to support and learn about exceptional people and positive movements that are taking place right now all over the world. Many will feature some of our talented authors, including Sharon Danks (Asphalt to Ecosystems), William Reichard (American Tensions), Lily Yeh (Awakening Creativity), Arlene Goldbard (New Creative Community), and Linda Frye Burnham (Performing Communities). Each of these events promises to provide inspiration, and hopefully we will see some of you there – there’s still just enough time to register!
Yesterday New Village director Lynne Elizabeth attended the resource fair portion of “Transforming Urban School Systems Through the Arts,” a two-day national forum hosted by Arts Education Partnership and coinciding with the National Arts in Education Week (September 11-17) in San Francisco. She reports being truly inspired by Charles Chip McNeal, the director of education at the San Francisco Ballet, and by a performance by the UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program.
Of course we’re practically sleepless with excitement about Engaging Our Grounds, which starts tomorrow, Friday, September 16th! The 2011 International Green Schoolyard Conference runs until Sunday and is co-hosted by New Village. We have been hard at work with Sharon Danks of Bay Tree Design and author of Asphalt to Ecosystems to make this an amazing experience: the conference will showcase how the green schoolyard movement is growing rapidly and flourishing around the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit local schools and hear from visionary leaders of the school ground movement from Europe, North America, and Japan who will share their experiences, case studies, and best practices.
The moment Engaging Our Grounds ends, Lynne will hop on a plane to Minneapolis-St. Paul for the Imagining America Conference. In San Francisco yesterday we connected with local primary, secondary, and high school teachers, and in Minnesota New Village will have the opportunity to establish and reconnect with existing allies in higher education. Imagining America seeks “To realize the democratic, public and civic purposes of American higher education,” and many of our books strive to reorient education towards a more holistic, worldly outlook. Historically we’ve found Imagining America conferences to be exhilarating meetings of the minds – this year promises to be even more special as William Reichard, editor of American Tensions, will be presenting! And Linda Frye Burnham, editor of Performing Communities, will be honored for three decades of “democratic arts journalism.”
We will have a moment to catch our breath before Arlene Goldbard (New Creative Community) and Lily Yeh (Awakening Creativity) appear at Bioneers in Marin in October, but we’ve been working behind the scenes to make sure that those not attending the conference will have other opportunities to catch Lily Yeh on one of her rare extended stays in the United States. Like Imagining America, Bioneers is a chance for thinkers, artists, and educators to come together and look forward with a “‘solve-the-whole-problem’ approach.” At New Village we feel honored to be part of the extended Bioneers family through Arlene Goldbard and Lily Yeh and can’t wait to attend the conference. Don’t forget, friends of NVP can use the above Bioneers link for a 20% discount!
There are a lot more fun things on the horizon, but right now our horizon is looking pretty packed with these events, and we’ll leave you with this. Hopefully we’ll see you at one or all of these events, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!