Posts Tagged ‘garden & ecology education’

Mar02

A Living Library Transforms Grey to Green At James Denman Middle School

Life Frames, Inc. and A Living Library, led by Bonnie Ora Sherk, have been working with teams of enthusiastic students and volunteers from Salesforce to transform the dull, grey, concrete and asphalt Rear Yard of James Denman Middle School into vibrant California Native Learning Zones with trees and understory plants of many colors and textures.

Enjoy this short video documenting the work in progress thus far, and see the drawing showing the new site plan. There is, however, still much to finish, including planting of a Redwood Circle. So stay tuned to see more about the creation of this new ecological wonderland !
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Feb27

A Living Library Offers A.L.L. STEM + Literacy & Green Skills Job Training For Youth !

A.L.L. STEM + Literacy, Green Skills Job Training Youth Programs Incorporate Common Core Next Generation Science Standards Plus Literacy & Math

We are looking forward to continuing these school and community learning programs and we need YOUR SUPPORT. In advance, THANK YOU for your generous contribution to help support our ground-breaking, evolutionary work !

Dec19

A Living Library Seen Through The Eyes of Children From Canadian International School of Milan, Italy

Bonnie Ora with a student from Canadian International School of Milan

On a bright and sunny October morning (October 09, 2017) in Milan, Italy, a group of enthusiastic students from the Canadian International School of Milan gathered to participate in a Workshop on A Living Library with Bonnie Ora Sherk. This Workshop, and two others with different classes of students that morning, was organized by Afterschool Italy, a learning program helping children to speak and communicate in English, through various teaching approaches and art activities.  Continue reading “A Living Library Seen Through The Eyes of Children From Canadian International School of Milan, Italy” »

Nov21

Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park : June to September 2017

Roosevelt Island Day, June 17, 2017 at Roosevelt Island, NYC

The Native Americans called Roosevelt Island, Minnehanonck, meaning ‘It’s nice to be on the island’. Once infamous for its prisons and asylums, the two-mile-long island in New York City’s East River, located between Manhattan Island and the borough of Queens on Long Island has slowly emerged as a home to high-rise residential buildings. Right in the middle of the town, on an L-shaped plot just south of 504 Main Street, there lies a beautiful patch of green — the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park, an ecological artwork created by Bonnie Ora Sherk, her non-profit organization Life Frames, Inc., and community members that engages the local schools and adults; educating them about gardening, ecology, multi-arts, literacy, nutrition, and local history through hands-on, standards-based Common Core learning programs.

Bonnie Ora Sherk with a group of enthusiastic kids and their parents on Roosevelt Island Day, June 17, 2017 at Roosevelt Island, NYC

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Sep08

Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Receive International Recognition at Venice Biennale 2017

Venice Biennale 2017

Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library (A.L.L.) have been recognized and featured in one of the most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions in the world, The Venice Biennale 2017. The 57th edition of La Biennale, also known as the Olympics of the Art World, opened on May 10, 2017 and will continue through November 26, with an estimated attendance of more than 500,000 visitors. A Living Library is exhibited as a part of Bonnie Ora Sherk’s installation Evolution of Life Frames: past, present, future, in the Arsenale in the Pavilion of the Earth, dedicated to the environment, ecological, and communitarianism movements one of the nine themed sections of the exhibition curated by Christine Macel, also Chief Curator of the Pompidou in Paris, France.  Additionally, Bonnie Ora has been invited to return to Venice and La Biennale to give a public talk on her work on October 7, and then will give another public talk and workshop on A Living Library in Zurich, Switzerland on October 12 and 13th at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / ZHdK.

Her two-part installation in La Biennale also features Crossroads Community (the farm) — a pioneering collaborative artwork involving urban agriculture, multi-arts, and environmental education — that resulted in Potrero del Sol Park, adjacent to the Chavez/ 101 Freeway Interchange. From 1974 to 1980, Sherk was the Founding Director and President of Crossroads Community (the Farm) which has been recognized as one of the first Alternative Art Spaces in the United States. Her installation includes the original drawings she made for the Park. A video featuring her and her way of working has been published on the official website of The Venice Biennale 2017.

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