“Coast to coast, NatureStage is opening hearts and changing minds.”
Brian Rosborough, Chairman, Earthwatch
Video “Can Art Save the Planet?” by Christina Farr for the San Francisco Chronicle blog, including Miranda Loud’s work for NatureStage, July 2011
Boston Globe,Twenty Questions, July 2010 – Cindy Cantrell
Brattleboro Reformer, Shades of Grey – Filmmaker, activist tells of plight of Asian elephant, July 2010 – Jon Potter
Nature, October 22 Issue, 2009 – Sanjay Khanna
Lincoln Journal “Oh Bee-Hive”, September 2008 – Ben Aronson
Ensemble Gets Down to Earth With Mahler, June 2007 – David Weininger
Interview with Sanjay Khanna May 2006 on the Realistic Sanctuary Blog
Recent Comments after Miranda Loud’s presentation Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Art in Social Change
“Thanks for being the inspiration to follow my heart with action.”
“That two-minute clip that Miranda showed us sent me scurrying to alternative history sources to start reading. She ignited a fire under my apathy…”
“It was the perfect example of the connections between empathy education, arts, and respect for all animals including humans. Also, I loved her energy, whimsy, and compassion. Her talk flew by.”
Audience members at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA, March 22.
‘Chaconne: Dance of Friendship’ is a poignant, beautifully-told story. I watched it several times…Professor in Ethics and Animal Studies, University of Redlands, CA
“From a presentation of grace and power, I came away sobered but uplifted.” Professor of Biology, University of Redlands, CA, March 2011
“Miranda is adept at evoking empathy for creatures ranging from bees to elephants. Through creative projects, she raises awareness of their troubles and inspires audiences to seek out humane solutions.” – Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Saving the Elephants, Savings Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change - A multi-media presentation by Miranda Loud to inspire acting on one’s beliefs, learning from elephants and better understanding human nature, questioning the status quo through artistic involvement and keeping arts in the schools to counter consumerism and corporate-controlled culture. Loud makes a strong case for how humanity’s new role as global stewards must be grounded in an empathy based on understanding animal sensitivities and sense of kinship with non-human animals. Her work is heart-centered as well as highly informative and based on current research from psychology, sociology and ethics to issues of social justice, and art as a crucial mode of fostering human creativity aligned with the heart to envision new systems that work for more people as well as the other species on the planet.
Quotes from Founder Miranda Loud
“…let’s teach elephantine power – soft power, the power of gracefulness, dignity, deep listening, community richness. Let’s care for the young in our midst with our lives as elephants do with their young, encircling them, and protecting them like treasure.” from Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change.
Quoted in the UK Journal Nature
Artists, skilled in conveying ideas through the senses, can have an influential role in shaping public opinion about climate change. When engaging with the arts, “people expect to be in the realm of their emotions and of mystery and metaphor, and this is fertile ground for planting seeds of change”, notes mezzo-soprano and theatre producer Miranda Loud, who founded the multimedia arts group NatureStage near Boston, MA.
Interview with journalist/futurist Sanjay Khanna, May 2007
“The arts give us an excuse to slow down. They provide a forum for new ways of listening and learning. They inspire us, they can make us laugh and delight us and, when focused on nature, they can cause a huge longing in us which leads to curiosity beyond the concert hall.”
Student Comments from Southwestern University, TX, February 2011
I really enjoyed the visit by Miranda Loud. Thank you for your efforts to bring her here. There is a strong link between her work, animal behavior, and environmental studies. The videos about the bees and the elephants are both interesting and intended to spread compassion and awareness about other creatures, which is needed in both fields. She also highlights the role that human societies play in regards to both of these animals (American farmers and the increasing pressure to use pesticides, to the detriment of pollinators, as well as the effects of the logging and tourism industry on elephants in Thailand.) The connection between human societies and the environment is a key feature of the environmental studies degree, so her work was very applicable. It seems to me that many scientists stay within the realm of academia and rarely branch out to the public sphere. (Except for a few magazine like Science and the like.) As an artist, she connects the passions of scientists, conservationists, and others who work closely with animals, to a wider audience. This is helpful both to gain funding for programs as well as to increase general public support of an issue.
Art and science are not mutually exclusive. Her creativity was inspirational. She is very personable and it was nice to be able to talk with her in a small group setting. Thanks again for bringing her here!
Junior Animal Behavior Major, Environmental Studies minor
The connection between elephants and music was really exciting, and her discussion of experiences was really deep. It was something I hadn’t ever really thought about, which is strange because I was raised as a Hindu and had considerable influence of elephants in my life (we have stools and pictures, and even wooden elephants above our TV!) Her experience really stemmed from her musical background, and reminded me of why I have such respect for musicians.
Sophomore Environmental Studies Major