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Location: Basin wide
The goal of the Up Your Watershed! Tour is to promote broader understanding of the importance of watershed stewardship, and inspire positive action and behavior change in residents of Fraser Basin communities.
The Up Your Watershed! Tour will travel to Williams Lake (Nov. 5 - Gibraltar Room) Surrey (Dec. 3 - Bell Performing Arts Centre), Vancouver (Jan. 21, 2010 - Norman Rothstein Theatre) Vancouer (Mar. 2, 2010 - Vancouver East Cutural Centre). In each location, teachers and students will spend weeks learning a program of songs about salmon, watershed stewardship, rivers, forests and sustainability. Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, along with pro-apprentice artists, Shawn Soucy and Rachael Chatoor, will spend time rehearsing with students the week leading up to the concerts.
Teachers use ART’s Cycle of Life and Salish Sea learning resources to provide activities that are linked to song lyrics, and fulfill prescribed learning outcomes.
Local conservation groups are invited to provide additional resources, speakers, workshops and field trips to the schools.
The culminating event is a fabulous concert that features student choirs performing with Holly, Kevin and the Dream Band, for the whole community. Beautifully illustrated printed programs are distributed to audience members with lyrics and information. Students deliver song introductions that they create, talking about the issues in the songs, and what they think people can do to help.
ART uses a cultural tool for science education, and positve action: the Voices of Nature Community Outreach Model. It involves artists, youth, music and celebration to engage people in learning and acting on behalf of the environment.
ART creates songs about nature, that youth love to sing. Cycle of Life educators handbooks provide activities linked to song lyrics that fulfill prescribed learning outcomes, and help teachers to use music in the classroom to educate about sustainability. Culminating concerts bring the school and community together to celebrate students learning and inspire the public to take action.
ART has a rich library of songs about ecology. In order to focus on salmon and watersheds for this project, we will produce a song called Up Your Watershed! (UYW!), which will appear on the new album, I AM THE FUTURE.
UYW! gives conservation groups such as the Cariboo Chilcoten Conservation Society opportunities to work with schools, during the time that students are learning songs. UYW! helps them engage the public by having a presence at the concerts with information booths and displays.
The CDs and learning resources are a learning legacy available in the future for community groups and teachers, to stimulate salmon education and watershed stewardship.
Concerts provide a platform for involving First Nations, businesses, governments and learning institutions. The beautiful music and passionate performances by students and artists are transformative, and incredibly positive. The shows bring people from all walks of life together. This facilitates cooperation.