The Sun Foundation presented the 17th Annual Clean Water Celebration for 3000 middle school students and teachers. Dr. Shorey invited us to explore the unique relationships found between water & wildlife across the globe, and identified what we can do to help sustain these important ecosystems.
The 19th annual Clean Water Celebration is attended but over 3,500 students, teachers and then general public. The theme this year was "Choices" which the keynote speaker and performers resonated through with their own interpretations. The theme is to make the right choices for our earth but gainging knowledge of our watersheds and how choices done both by nature and man impact them. This years keynote was Terra Brockman and the performance was down by Heart of the Beast theatre group.
Documentary of Arts & Science in the Woods 2011
produced by Jim Morrissette, professional videographer who has done numerous PBS specials including the film Hoop Dreams.
“For six years I attended Art & Science in the Woods as a student. I splashed through marsh waters with my socks and shoes on. I danced along to the ever popular “Banana Phone” perpetually blasting over the loud speakers. I participated in silly hat day and eagerly had my face painted every morning. I also learned the art of plaster casting from one of Peoria’s most renowned sculptors as well as how to throw pots on a wheel while a ceramicist from Champaign gave me encouragement and pointers. This poignant fusion of professional technique and pure fun went all but undetected to me during that week in June. I was too busy hiking up hills and through ravines, passing spider webs and the tallest White Oak in Illinois on my way to class. It wasn’t until I could stand back and examine my time at Art & Science in the Woods that I was able to put my finger on what it was that made that camp so special. It wasn’t any specific feature that put ASIW in a class all its own, but rather the seamless melding of every element that should be incorporated into every child’s learning experience. The connection to one’s surroundings, the exposure to media and techniques that are not “dumbed-down” for younger participants, the passionate and wise individuals passing along their knowledge, and the wholeheartedly enjoyable and kid-friendly atmosphere; these are all much discussed in idealistic contemplation of the younger generation’s education, but rarely manifested. At ASIW, they all fell into place for me in a way that profoundly impacted the way that I both learn and teach to this day. As a videographer, I endeavor to follow the three basic principles that are at the core of the ASIW learning experience: exposure, interpretation, and creation. They are parts of a beautiful cycle that I fell into the day I arrived at ASIW, and one that I am honored to be able to utilize to give back to a wonderful program and organization. “ ~ Eve