“Remembering Rachel Carson and Creating Environmental Art” – the Symposium
On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 Songwriting Works’ founder Judith-Kate Friedman will present on “Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” at the Aging in America conference. Her talk will be one of five featured in a Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential book “Sense of Wonder,” which launched the modern environmental movement, and the 7th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest.
About “Sense of Wonder” — the Intergenerational Contest Experience
Between 2007 and 2014 multigenerational teams from across the U.S. came together to enter the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest. Results included an increased shared appreciation for the environment; greater interest in stewardship of the environment; shared memories of beautiful places across generation, and creating artwork as an intergenerational team in a given locality or region. Presenters will demonstrate how they developed and used evidence-based programs and principles to meet the need for creative aging and intergenerational programming across the lifespan. Attendees will learn how the power of art and creativity expressed through words, songwriting, art and dance can influence policy makers and the public via unique events and social media.
“Generations Together Visualizing and Creating Natural Wonders” – Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
“Creating a Legacy at The Intergenerational School: the Sense and Wonder of Rachel Carson” – Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD, Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Cleveland, OH
“Songwriting By the Salish Sea: Cross-generational Creativity and Lessons from the Rural NorthWest” – Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation
“Dancing Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Creating a sense of wonder through intergenerational dance, music and story” – Maria Genne, MEd, Founder and Director, Kairos Alive!, Minneapolis, MN
“Bring History Alive through Intergenerational Arts Education” – Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts, NY, NY