Summer Program: Conversations from the Open Road
This Summer!! Two opportunities to travel as part of a digital story-telling, media crew. (10-14 days on the road, 2 mini- vans, a collection of media equipment, and sleeping bags). Create a documentary short, which becomes part of our collection shown to film festivals around Vermont. This is a Citizen-Journalism, StoryCorps-inspired investigation; culminating in a collection of Documentary, Mixed-Media Shorts, reflecting the various threads of a place, its people, and untold social justice issues. We start with a concern and question, then road-trip to the communities on the front lines. We learn from local people, experts in the field, and relevant organizations.
July 7-21 Santa Fe, New Mexico/Vermont- Theme: Addressing the problem of addiction as healthcare instead of criminal justice. There are a few cities in our country transforming how we understand and treat people with addictions. Santa Fe is one of these inspiring places (along with Seattle, Albany, Ithaca, and Gloucester, Mass). Students will travel to this beautiful part of our country to learn from the individuals and the community initiating this change. We will thread these stories together, while indulging in the cultural influences and the carved landscapes of the American Southwest. As a crew, we will be part of this cultural change here in Vermont! We have been invited to be part of a team, led by Attorney General TJ Donovan, who will be tour the state and talking with communities about this compassionate turn in how a community cares for this growing epidemic.
August 11-25 Minnesota- More than 10,000 people came to show solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline being proposed to be built under the Missouri River, within their reservation's lands.This is THE largest congregation of Native Americans and allies in a century! We will travel to another battle gaining momentum in the indigenous community's fight to assert their sovereignty and basic rights.Indigenous Americans "en masse wild rice harvest" in late August in northern Minnesota will most likely continue this battle in court - an profound test case about treaty rights.Leech Lake Ojibwe band member Arthur LaRose, chairman of the 1855 Treaty Authority, has said that his group's concerns go beyond ricing, fishing and hunting. "From pipelines, to wild rice and walleye, the State of Minnesota does not appear to be protectively regulating the natural resources." Come with us to learn and document this historic resurgence!