THURSDAY, APRIL 18 6:30-9:30 PM (Refreshments before and after the talk at 7 PM)
RE-IMAGINING NATURE THROUGH POETRY
Daniel Hudon, a poet and lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Boston University presents his popular talk as part of our Screenings, Eco-Art and Workshop Series in the new Naturestage headquarters – our studio at the Waltham Artist Mills in Waltham, MA. Join us for refreshments before and after this lively and thought-provoking presentation of the power of poetry to help us re-imagine our relationship with the natural world.
Two Events Coming in March!
Opening at Massachusetts General Hospital for the One Language Project (part of the Illuminations program of healing art in the hospital)
March 12 5:30-7:00 PM
Opening Remarks at 6:00 pm
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care,
2nd floor Mezzanine
March 19 6:30-9 PM Screening and Q & A in our new studio space with film director Phil Philip Buccellato of Greener Media via Skype. Reservations required. Please send us an email if you would like to attend. $15 at the door.
Animals that have been symbolically embedded into our cultures for centuries are now disappearing at alarming rates. The importance of these animals in our lives is often overlooked, but animals are truly symbols that not only inspire us, but are essential for a healthy future. Animals are religious deities and majestic icons. They have provided companionship, carried us on their shoulders, and plowed our fields. Few are as awe-inspiring as the elephant.
For thousands of years, across Asia, humans and elephants have lived side by side in a relatively peaceful coexistence. That relationship is now being threatened due to increasing human populations and loss of elephant habitats. Elephants and humans are being forced to compete for resources, a problem that has been defined as Human-Elephant-Conflict. This predicament poses a serious threat to the elephant’s continued existence. While this is a widespread concern all across Asia and Africa, it is nowhere more apparent than in the small island of Sri Lanka. What lies beneath the often-destructive consequences of human elephant conflict is a common story that both man and animal shares. That story is about family and survival.
Tuesday, April 2nd “Screenings in the Studio” continues with the film/memoir by Shep Abbott, Serengeti-Mara followed by Q&A with Abbott.
Reservations are required and the charge is $15 at the door to support our ongoing series. Please email us to reserve a spot.
We open the doors at 6:30 and then preview short films related to Naturestage’s mission before the the feature film of the evening. Come meet other arts and film lovers who care deeply about what is happening to our environment and the animals that need our voice.
December is About Spreading the Word Through Our Naturestage Store Launch!
As part of the One Language Project, Miranda Loud has been photographing animals needing adoption (focusing on the animals in the MSPCA shelter at Nevins Farm who have been there the longest). You can support this effort in various ways. If you send holiday cards, you can now purchase them in our store. The proceeds go directly to help fund future photographing of animals needing the extra help that a good photograph can give them on Petfinder. You can also purchase cat adoption cards to insert into your holiday mailings to share with the people who might be able to help find homes for a specific animal. The cards send people to the Naturestage website to see what current animals need homes and also give exposure to the invaluable work of the MSPCA which helps protect animals in a variety of ways.
Exhibitions of the One Language Project: Year 1, For the Love of Dogs
You can see the growing photographic series by Artistic Director Miranda Loud of dog portraits (and many other species) alongside their stories currently at Dakota Puffin Dog Boutique on Charles Street in Boston and February thru May 2013 at the Yawkey Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Thursday April 19, 2012 6 PM KCB101 565 Commonwealth Ave.
Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves – The Role of Art in Social Change – Artistic Director Miranda Loud speaks as a guest at Boston University. Open to the public. Musician and artist Miranda Loud presents her acclaimed multi-media lecture that demonstrates how artists are using their art to draw attention to the plight of elephants, and shows how art can awaken empathy and kinship with other species. This awareness has profound implications for how we treat and manage other species, and leads to other social justice and educational issues which Loud will also explore. Geared as a mix between music, image and storytelling, the talk is an example of how an artistic approach to conveying information can have lasting emotional resonance.
“A powerful presentation which should be seen by humane educators around the world.” - Director, Peninsula SPCA
This presentation exemplifies the power of combining an artistic approach with issues around species loss and the human role on the planet. Her talk inspires students and general audiences to take action on their feelings of compassion and to see connections between social justice and reviving our sense of kinship with other species. Miranda interweaves video, poetry, music and lecture around humanity’s complex and often tragic relationship with elephants as a gateway to exploring what it means to be global stewards, and illustrates the power of art to educate and connect people with the knowledge they have in their hearts.
November 22 – December 4 – Exhibition Two: Color Talk – International WomeArtists’ Salon curated by Mary Gagler. Loud’s films made for The
Elephant Project screened as part of the exhibition.
Chashama 217, 217 East 42nd Street, New York, New York
October 12-15 Miranda Loud speaks at the Association for Humanist Sociology Conference in Chicago, Saturday the 15th, Session 38. www.ahssociology.org
Paper title: “Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves – The Role of the Arts in Social Change”
As humanity becomes more aware of its role in the destruction habitats and of other species, the arts–in particular film, theater and music–are a vital path to the self-knowledge, empathy and compassion that will help people regain a sense of connection to other species and turn towards global stewardship as a new educational paradigm. Loud shares through short video compilations, the work of artists world-wide who are raising awareness of the impending extinction of the Asian elephant. We learn what elephants can model for humans in terms of cooperation, loyalty and depth of relationships. Elephants, like humans in many parts of the world, are fighting for survival, although elephants are ultimately losing due to poaching and habitat loss. In all levels of education, wherever possible, Loud makes the case for her curriculum in progress (and seeking additional funding) which uses short films in combination with different art forms as a response to help students understand the complexities of global stewardship and empathize with other species. Her films use the Asian elephant as a gateway to examining these questions and finding ways of learning from what has made elephants such a successful species until habitat loss and poaching has brought them to their knees. The arts can help students problem-solve and assimilate, as well as grieve the loss of species, and allow empathy and healing in their local environments to take seed, awakening the elephantine part of themselves.
October 3-7, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Jackson, WY – ML attending
September, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, Interviewing and Photographing for the Park Dreams Project. Final edits for Buccaneers of Buzz DVD.
August 23-30, Cinematography Workshop, Maine Media College, with Mark Raker – ML attending
August 20, Screening of beekeeper interviews from Loud’s film/live performance with Brian Jones and Yuko Yoshikawa, Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee, Follow the Honey store opening, Screening at 3 PM, The Inn at Harvard, Cambridge, MA.
July 1 FACES magazine publishes a page for tweens about Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee and how the performing arts can incorporate current environmental issues
June 27-30, Miranda Loud visits the Animals in Society Conference at Wesleyan University
June 24-26, screening of four films from The Elephant Project as part of the Hell’s Kitchen Arts Festival http://artistsinthekitchen.org/ In the gallery space for the International Women’s Salon. More info, please email Heidirussellpublicist@gmail.com
June thru October 2011
Interviewing, photographing and editing for Park Dreams Project in the Public Garden, Boston Common and along Commonwealth Avenue as well as in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. Updates and podcast will appear at http://parkdreams.wordpress.com/
Thursday, March 24th, 2011 7-9 PM University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Loud’s visit is co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Environmental Studies departments, the Theatre Odyssey Program, the Stauffer Science Center, the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office at the University of Redlands.
Miranda Loud, an activist, filmmaker and musician who uses performing arts to spur thought about environmental issues, will be speaking at the University of Redlands on Thursday, March 24. Her presentation, “Saving Elephants – Saving Ourselves: The Power of the Arts to Affect Social Change,” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
This year’s series, entitled “Nature’s Heroes,” will feature two speakers who will examine the impact human activity is having on other species, with which we share the planet, and on the world’s dwindling supply of water. The Dorothy Stang Center’s mission is to increase awareness and activism around social justice and environmental issues.
“We regard sustainability as very much a social justice issue,” said Dr. Cheryl Joseph, co-director of the Dorothy Stang Center. “The damage that we do to the environment has a disproportionately negative impact on those who are least able to cope with drastic environmental change. This includes disadvantaged people in all cultures and even other species, whose survival is ultimately closely linked to our own. ”
The two speakers for this spring are Miranda Loud, founder of The Elephant Project, who will appear on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Ralston Hall Mansion. Her talk entitled “Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change” …” to “addresses the similarities human share with other animals and the ways in which various art forms can be used to promote social change.”
Tuesday, February 1st 6-8 PM 2011 Southwestern University, TX
Miranda is presenting her talk, “Saving the Elephants; Saving Ourselves: The Role of the Arts in Social Change” and will spend the day beforehand talking with students in classes in Music and Animal Behavior, listening to them share their passions and sharing ideas. More details…
Loud’s talk at Southwestern will touch on the power of the arts in heightening our inter-connection with other species using the elephant as a gateway. She will detail the plight of elephants, specifically the Asian elephant because of its close ties with humans over the centuries, and how their situation provides a powerful mirror to humans. She will discuss ways to foster compassion and the challenges that need to be overcome in building a world where we can emotionally handle the amount of information we now receive via different media. Through this, she will challenge us to think about what being powerful really means and the need for us to shift from the inside out.
Loud’s visit to Southwestern is sponsored by several programs and departments, including Animal Behavior, Environmental Studies, Communication Studies, Paideia and the Office of the Provost.
September 30, 2010 MSPCA Screening of Short Films from The Elephant Project
2010 Summer Tour of Libraries and Community Centers of Works in Process for The Elephant Project
Work-in-Progress Screenings of Six of the completed short films for Phase II, “Ele- Phantom: Twenty Films/Twenty Questions” followed by brief talk, feedback, Q&A. Wednesday July 7 7 PM, Wellesley Friends Meeting, Wellesley, MA
WednesdayJuly14 7PM, Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH
Wednesday July 21, 7 PM, Brooks Library Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday July 28, 7 PM,Bar Harbor Public Library, Bar Harbor, Maine
Thursday July 29, 5 PM, Peaks Island Community Center
Tuesday August 17 7 PM, Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore 432 Main Street Chatham, MA