Today we looked at the Pete the Paddlefish sculpture to get ideas about what kind of trash is especially bad for the water and to see how the rain water in storm drains and the trash going in it actually gets to the river. Then we walked to the creek behind the Y and explored to see what we could find. We had all kinds of nets and magnifying tools borrowed from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Wetlands” educational trunk. Thank you for this great teaching tool!
Sadie Bishop and Charles Stegner help me take a close look at the English landing piece we want to renovate… We took off all the buildings and people… now I am wondering if we should just start fresh??? The artistic process is first to connect and observe… that is what we are doing with the Y kids, and I am certain that time will unfold the solution. Thank you Sadie and Charles!
One of my volunteers, Abby Pannell, has offered to write updates, so here is todays:
On Monday, June 20, the YMCA kids, Holly Hughes, and volunteers walked from the YMCA to the River, Rails and Trails Museum and Tourist Office. While the kids walked they picked up trash and noticed things that dealt with water such as storm drains and manholes. The kids also walked to the Katy Bridge and looked at the Missouri River. The kids will help Holly make a community art project named “Big Fish, Big Tales and the Big Muddy.” When this project is done it will be hung at the River, Rails and Trails museum, which is on Spring St. across from the Katy Depot. A special thanks to Katie Gibson who opened the Museum for the kids.
This week I also participated in an educational teachers workshop sponsored by the Missouri River Relief. We experienced 30 miles of actually being on the river with a vast array of specialists in history, wildlife, conservation and learning about learning. THANK YOU Kristen Schulte and all Missouri River Relief for your great organization!!!
This week I did not do the Y camp, but we did do Vacation Bible School at St John’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Billingsville. The theme was Deep Sea Discovery, so we managed to learn a lot about water and many creatures every day, and decided to donate our funds to the Missouri River Relief. There were about 30 kids and with the congregations’ Sunday donation we collected $338.16.
For my first day at the Y we looked at a slide show of many past projects using a variety of recycled and found objects. To measure how much we learn, we made pictures or mind maps of all that we know about water, and talked about the goals of working as a team, having an open mind and being kind as we explore the water and our community to create something special for the museum. Special thanks to community volunteers for help at the YMCA Summer Camp: Vicki McCarroll, Patience Dorman, Joan Read, Megan Kammerich, Jessica Grathwohl, Dalton Pannell, Abby Pannell.
Holly Hughes' art features projects that are Environmental Art Happenings (E.ART.H) designed to inspire creativity and increase global compassion. She creates by recycling and reusing materials in unique ways, community collaboration, environmental awareness, edible art sculptures, easy to make labyrinths, murals, nature hearts, and more.
This blog chronicles Hughes' latest community art project, Big Fish, Big Tales, and the Big Muddy, a multi-layered community art project involving Missouri River education, stream cleanups and public art.