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Re: A & E welcome / UBC

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kate (gresham.10)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 21:37:36 -0500

I don't know about telecommunications approaches, but watershed approaches
sound like a good deal for both BC and Arizona. I've had a little luck
connecting kids with art and ecology projects up and downstreams with
varieties of problems, sharing water quality information as an example.

In BC, it would be wonderful to hook up with kids along the Fraser River.
Here in Washington, we just did a small thing in which kids and adults
wrote and designed postcards to "The Salmon People" of legend - bringing
awareness of ocean/forest/river connections with the plight of Pacific
Salmon. Maybe Washington and BC kids could also connect in ways that avoid
the salmon wars that have been waged between our state and the province of

Likewise in Arizona, making any connection between kids and the
Green-Colorado-Sea of Cortez would be wonderful. My suggestion is for a
wakeup call to Saturn Car Company that sponsors those TV commercials which
begin in Pinedale, Wyoming. Pinedale is also very very near the headwaters
of one of Arizona's most treasured waterways. They seem socially conscious
and might kick in some $ for some of you up and down the riverways.

Ron Hirschi, Information Gravel Road

>It was great meeting all of the Arizonia participants as they introduced
>themselves to us over the list. I look forward to discussing with some of
>you /them ideas related to art, ecology and telecommunications.
>Though I am not from Arizonia, but rather from the Northwest Coast of
>Canada, I do remember being struck by the landscape of the desert. I am
>wondering if any student teachers have ideas on how we could get youth from
>Arizonia and British Columbia talking about issues in their hometowns,
>regions, even countries. Here in BC, the environment is always a major
>topic of discussion in a number of curricular subjects. Our natural
>resource base supports much of the economy and thus, the environment means a
>great deal to many people. Having said that, it is not uncommon for artists
>to produce art that makes political statements about the environment.
>Perhaps there is a way for us as art educators to tap into this activity,
>not only in our local areas, but through telecommunications approaches. Any
>thoughts of this?
>Rita Irwin