Storm Drain Art to be unveiled in Holyoke
Holyoke, MA – Enchanted Circle Theater, along with its community partners, is excited to announce the unveiling of new artwork on several storm drains in downtown Holyoke. The unveiling is a community-wide education and advocacy event about water for local youth and families. In addition to the actual unveiling, the event will include performances by students in the Connections and CHOICES after-school programs, remarks by local officials, as well as the recognition of the Holyoke Public School student artists who created the original art, and the professional artists who installed the final artwork.
There will also be a host of hands-on activities designed for children ages five and up:
- Creating trash art and poetry with Connecticut River Watershed Council
- Investigating microscopic critters with Hitchcock Center for the Environment
- Exploring the Holyoke water system model presented by United Water
- Visiting the Watershed on Wheels Express presented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- Learning about rain gardens with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
- Researching the local watershed at the Holyoke Public Library
Please join us on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00am-11:30am at the Holyoke Public Library for this family friendly event. Light refreshments will be served and all children will receive door prizes and giveaways, including a bookmark featuring Holyoke’s storm drain artwork, a photo keepsake of their original trash art creation, and Dwayne the Storm Drain, a coloring book courtesy of United Water.
For more information contact Enchanted Circle Theater Special Projects Coordinator, Terre at 413-534-3789.
The Storm Drain Art Project has been made possible through a collaboration between Enchanted Circle Theater, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, United Water, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, River of Words, Sherwin-Williams Store #5661, and the City of Holyoke Mayor’s Office, Office of Economic Development, and Department of Public Works. The project has been sponsored by the Holyoke Public Schools, United Water, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Hampshire Youth Connect, and the City of Holyoke.
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” I learned many ways to focus children’s attention using quick activities. I gained suggestions for ways to stimulate discussion and expand vocabulary and oral language for my ESL students.”
~ Holyoke Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher