Learn Local. Play Local.: Migration to Reconciliation Ecology. Duct Tape to Michelangelo.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

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These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, March 30-April 5, 2019…

Scroll down, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!


CBEdu EVENT: Michelangelo – Saturday, March 30, 12:30pm.  Screening of Michelangelo – Love and Death offers a cinematic journey through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican, to the print and drawing rooms of Europe, to explore Michelangelo’s tempestuous life. The film goes in search of a greater understanding of this charismatic and enigmatic figure, both through his relationships with his contemporaries and his ongoing artistic legacy. The film invites audiences to intimately examine Michelangelo’s art and artistic process – from the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo sourced his marble, to the new technology being used to attribute works. (91 mins. Directed by David Bickerstaff. NR. 2015. Trailer) Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: “We typically experience classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo’s statue of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emblem, and later iconized for its aesthetic beauty. James Earle walks us through the statue’s journey, to show how art gains layers of meaning over time.” – TED-Ed

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The many meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David – James Earle

Interest: Ecology

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: “Hank wraps up the Crash Course on ecology by taking a look at the growing fields of conservation biology and restoration ecology, which use all the kung fu moves we’ve learned about in the past eleven weeks and apply them to protecting ecosystems and to cleaning up the messes that we’ve already made.” –  Conservation and Restoration Ecology: Crash Course Ecology #12

CBEdu EVENT: RECONCILIATION ECOLOGY: Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm – Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Naturalist, Ted Watt. Consider birds that will choose to live in your yard and garden if you create the right habitat for them. Review the special lives of some of these birds and then talk about plantings and other means of attracting birds to share your habitat. Reconciliation Ecology is a new term to describe efforts to make living spaces friendlier to other species. Ted will provide a handout list of plantings that are “bird-friendly.” Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.


CBEdu EVENT: FOREST BATHING – Saturday, March 30, 1pm: People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Hannah Fries invites readers to bask in the company of trees, whether in a city park or a rural nature preserve. Fries will read from her new book Forest Bathing Retreat and discuss her interdisciplinary approach to the concept of forest bathing–a refreshing mix of literature, science, wonder, and the simple art of paying attention. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.


CBEdu EVENT: WORKSHOP: Sunday, March 31, 4-5:30pm – Parenting is hard work- there are so many needs to balance. Parents are sometimes given the metaphor of being on an airplane and told that in the event of an emergency, place the oxygen mask over their mouth first before attending to their children. How do parents achieve the ability to be aware of their own needs when a toddler is screaming, a preschooler throwing a tantrum, an elementary school child demanding more screen time? The workshop, “Using Mindfulness to be the Best Parent for Yourself and Your Child,” will give parents tools to settle themselves in these tough parenting moments and respond rather than react to their child. This workshop will be geared towards parents of young children; however, all are welcome. Childcare will be provided but must be reserved. RSVP. Free and open to the community. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-517-2226. 193. Locust St., Northampton, MA


CBEdu EVENT: NATIVE SPECIES – Wednesday, April 3, 1-2 pm: How do animals survive their incredible migratory journeys? Youth ages 6-12 are invited to find out via stories, activities, and crafts! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: EELS: “They’re slippery. They’re slithery. And while they totally look like underwater snakes, eels are, in fact, unique fish that can breathe through their skin and even survive out of water. James Prosek tracks the life journey of Eli the Anguilla eel as she (yes, she) travels her mysterious “backward” migration from the sea to fresh water and back again. ” – TED ED

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Eli the eel: A mysterious migration – James Prosek


CBEdu EVENT: DUCT TAPE – Thursday, April 4, 6pm: Young Adult Creative Lounge: Duct Tape Crafts– Get crafty with duct tape- choose from many different projects to make with a variety of great patterns and prints. Ages 12+. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

SELF-INITIATE ACTIVITY: DYI duct tape craft at home! Learn on your own with this video and then head to the craft store for an assortment of colors!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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