Urban Pond Procession Seeks Teaching Artists for 2015!

From the Urban Pond Procession and UPP Arts:

The Urban Pond Procession is coming off yet another successful year raising awareness about Mashapaug Pond, its history and environmental challenges, throughout Providence and beyond. We are looking forward to 2015 as a year when we work more closely with the neighborhood and businesses around Mashapaug Pond—and with you! We are excited to invite you to submit a project proposal to further involve the Mashapaug community in the history and health of the pond. Our focus for this year is WATER. How can we make water more visible to ourselves and others, teach the ways we currently use water and feed students’ imaginations to create props for the procession that promote water consciousness and conservancy?


This program is funded by the Department of Environmental Management through the public education program on the impacts of urban runoff. UPP Arts public outreach will consist primarily of these proposed workshops (RFP) for all ages in which participants learn about the environmental and health issues associated with urban waterways. We invite you to develop and submit an arts-based proposal to address the needs of the public outreach planned for this first year of funding.


UPP’s archive of educational and historical materials related to Mashapaug’s history is available through our website www.UPParts.org , Rhodetour.org (click on Mashpaug tour) and the Brown Digital Repository https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/discover/617/which is a collection of over 50 oral histories and research papers by Brown students.


November 1, 2014 we will hold an introductory information workshop on water along with hands on experimental workshops with diverse materials for artists and educators. Proposals are due November 15, 2014.


We ask that you design a project that will be 10 sessions of 1 to 1 ½ hour duration for elementary, middle or high school age students. A field trip to the waste water treatment plant or to local water remediation sites must be included in your curriculum, which will be a part of these 10 sessions. UPP Arts will facilitate the field trip with the school and trip site. You will also be expected to arrange for transport of project artwork to the Procession. We are offering $1,500. per project including materials. Please include a project description, age range for project, timeline and sketches, as well as ideas for partnerships (if applicable), your resume, an example of a related project you have successfully completed and three references.


UPP staff and school representatives will review all projects. You will be notified by December 5, 2014 if your project was selected. Workshops will begin in mid-January, 2015, after an orientation with the school principal and teacher with whom you will be working. Workshops will end early May and culminate with the 8th annual Urban Pond Procession, May 16, 2015.


If you have any questions, please contact Holly at (401) 862-4229 or hewald AT me DOT com.


Submit proposals to:

Holly Ewald
35 S Atlantic Ave
Warwick, RI 02888
or hewald AT me DOT com


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