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About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"

14 Minutes Worth Watching for Elephants

I came across a new short documentary yesterday about the roots of the ivory trade. Similar to what I am working on with The Elephant Project, the film explores the underlying causes of poaching and the challenging problem of addressing … Continue reading

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New Book on Evolving Legal Status of Pets

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Just a beautiful view of a mother whale and her calf…

Although I am not a fan of drone technology in its vast array of frightening potential uses, this is one instance where being aware of the creatures beyond our normal sightlines can help protect them. This sailor is using drones … Continue reading

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Naturestage’s Salon Series in 2014 Kicks Off With Matt Glover Wednesday February 26

Our salon series is off and running in the Naturestage studio with the first concert/presentation the incredible Matt Glover playing  a 60-minute Trip Around the World (on Mandolin) followed by a brief presentation by Miranda Loud on the state of … Continue reading

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Raising a Glass to

January 10th was a wonderful day to open my New York Times. The word “speciesism” was mentioned, which is one of the underlying word-views that Naturestage is trying to challenge, and it is something that needs to become a sea-change … Continue reading

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Parallels between a Town in Connecticut and the Ivory Trade in China

This article was shared by Melissa Groo to the elephant listserv, and I am copying it here because it is so important a viewpoint. To follow the author, Richard Conniff, on twitter: @RichardConniff     Does the Solution to Elephant … Continue reading

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The cost of being an artist in the U.S.

This is a fascinating group of discussions around what it is like to be an artist today in the U.S. Thank you NYT for the attention to it. Another worthwhile read as a PDF from the Field Foundation related … Continue reading

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Some encouraging news of ivory arrests in China

Xiamen customs smash HK$767m ivory smuggling ring (China) (Copied from the listserv of consolidated elephant news run by Melissa Groo) South China Morning Post 06 November, 2013 Customs officials in Xiamen have smashed a transcontinental smuggling ring responsible for illegally importing almost 12 … Continue reading

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Fraser’s Story

Fraser Not long ago my mom declared that it was time for the family to get a new dog. At first I was quite surprised by this announcement. In the many years since we had owned our last dog, my … Continue reading

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One Language Pr…

One Language Project on the Walls of Emerson Hospital thru February From the concept of a common language among all species to the movement to save the elephant from extinction, Miranda Loud’s Naturestage program was educational, thought-provoking, and moving. A … Continue reading

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