An outdoor performance inspiring us to explore
our relationship with nature
What is Project Wild Edges
Project Wild Edges is a community theatre project.
In the spring of 2022, a series of performances will be presented on the Wolf Creek Trail in Grass Valley, California.
At the edge of a shopping center, on a forested trail, we will inspire an inquiry into our relationship with nature, through dance, drama, and art.
Why Project Wild Edges
We are living with the anxiety of wildfires, drought, power outages, and a global pandemic. Nature is insisting that we pay attention.
In these polarized times, art is a way to explore challenging subjects from a fresh viewpoint.
Our theatre presentation takes place along the Wolf Creek Trail, at the edge of a shopping center and freeway. Along the trail is a mining museum, animal control center, and water reclamation plant. These are all examples of how we manage nature.
Wolf Creek Trail is a wild urban edge that reminds us that as long as humans are here, we will live in a relationship with nature.
Time will tell what that relationship will be.
What is Our Relationship With Nature?
Our bodies are sustained by fresh air, water, and nutrients.
Are we a part of nature, or are we separate from nature?
Healthy Watershed – Resilient Forest
A watershed is a contour of land that drains all the nearby streams and rainfall into a common basin.
Imagine two cupped hands guiding the water towards the ocean.
A healthy watershed is a balanced system that includes land, plants, creatures, and the element of fire.
The land retains moisture, plants and wildlife thrive, small fires keep undergrowth down, and the land is more resilient. Fires are cooler and less destructive when there is less under- growth. The plants can regenerate more quickly in a healthy watershed.
Did you know that Wolf Creek runs through Grass Valley?
It has been paved over but it still flows. As it leaves town it follows Mill St., goes under Freeman Lane, and then we can see it shining along the Wolf Creek Trail on its way to the Bear River and the Delta.
Natural Systems for Human Solutions
We can have a modern lifestyle while caring for the natural resources that support us.
Designers are looking to natural systems to create products that are totally bio-degradable.
This is Cradle to Cradle design – a zero-waste system.
Nothing is wasted in natural systems. Humans can mimic this efficiency.
Your Creative Response
We are having a shared experience of Covid, fires, smoke, power outages, drought, anxiety, and uncertainty.
Have you written some words, choreographed a dance, or drawn a sketch?
Has your child made any drawings? Have you read any articles or books, or seen movies or videos, that are helping you cope or giving you hope?
Send us your creativity and your links e-mail projectwildedges.com
Post on our FB Group Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034056900416795
There are so many minds working to find solutions for humans while keeping the planet healthy.
How do we navigate in these uncertain times?
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Nisenan Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that the Nisenan people are still here among us today, though nearly invisible.
We understand that we are on Nisenan land that was never ceded and the original Tribal families have yet to recover from the near genocide of their people.
As residents and visitors in Nisenan land, we support the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe in efforts to stabilize their people as well as their campaign to restore federal recognition.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this web page do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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