LEARNING WITH THE LAND: VERMONT SCHOOLS CHART NEW TERRITORY WITH PLACE-BASED EDUCATION
Join us during the month of January (exhibit opens on January 5th) for a unique student exhibit in our Vision and Voice Gallery that will feature four innovative place-based educational models: The Walden Project, EarthWalk Vermont, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and Monkton Central School’s Salad Days.
Student artwork and writing will tell the story of how Vermont schools are working to build youth self-confidence, community engagement, and environmental stewardship - changing our perception of the classroom space. Special events include the opening reception on January 5th, including musical performances by EarthWalk students; a workshop on place-based education open to educators, date TBA; and a screening of a short film on the Walden Project produced by alumna Julia Walsh at 7 pm on January 12th at Ilsley Library in Middlebury. This will be followed by an open mic night at the gallery in the Folklife Center with performances by students of the Walden Project.
This project is made possible through the generous support from the Bay and Paul Foundations, inkind supervision and support from the staff of the Vermont Folklife Center, and the staff of EarthWalk Vermont, Willowell Foundation, with additional support from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Monkton Central School.
The Vermont Folklife Center is located at 88 Main Street, Middlebury. The gallery will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. A suggested donation of $5 supports this and future exhibits at the Folklife Center.
Visit our friends at the Vermont International Festival
Make sure to visit our friends from the Bhutanese Community at the Vermont International Festival this weekend! The festival will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday - it’s a packed schedule filled with live performances, crafts, food, and exhibits.
Our friends in the Bhutanese Community are going to be selling all sorts of wonderful hand-made crafts. Beaded jewelry, beautiful felted bags and pencil cases. Perfect for a birthday or holiday gift. They are some of the newest members of the Vermont community and have a lot to share.