In 2017, people across the country are celebrating Henry David Thoreau's birthday. 2017 is also a big year for TigerLion Arts as we continue our national tour of Nature for the Nation. We're on the road again, revisiting two of our favorite Minnesota locations and making our East Coast debut in Nature's spiritual home: Concord Massachusetts!
First up, we're offering FREE performances at Washburn Fair Oaks Park, September 8 - 17. We're bringing this show to one of the most dense and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis while showcasing a gem of a public park in a whole new light. In addition we're offering school matinees to over 600 students from Minnesota schools!
To maximize our impact in the neighborhood, we're working with local partners such as Whittier Alliance, City of Lakes Waldorf School, Hennepin History Museum, Mia and the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board. We've also partnered with Project Success, Children & Nature Network and the local North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club!
Next, Concord! Thanks to an "Imagine Your Parks" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, we're taking Nature to Concord, Massachusetts. The Old Manse, a national historic landmark, was the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions in the mid-19th-century, hosting discussions between leading Transcendentalists such as Whitman, Fuller, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Emerson.
The Trustees for Reservations are our gracious hosts, and we'll be out there for two weeks - September 22 - October 1. More info here.
And our last stop is a return to where Nature began - the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, October 5 - 8. We'll be restaging Nature in their new Bee & Pollinator Center. Get a sneak peek here.
But wait, there’s more! As part of our activities, we’re working with a film crew from Twin Cities Public Television to create a documentary about Nature for the Nation. This medium will allow us to expand Nature’s reach to hundreds of thousands of students and adults of all ages throughout the country!
But before we can do all this, we need your help. Your donation, large or small, makes all the difference. We've already raised 85% of our budget for 2017, but we need your support to reach our goal. So please come join us on this awesome adventure and help us bring Nature to the nation.
Risks and challenges
Touring a show like Nature is no small task - with a cast of 13, plus musicians, guides and crew, we're a big traveling circus. When you factor in the complications of performing outdoors, where weather, wildlife and insects are completely beyond our control, things really get exciting.
But we've been performing Nature for 4 years and performing outdoors for over 20 years, and we've got excellent people in place to manage all of the complexity. We've made the outdoor elements a integral part of our production, and it is in this interplay with nature that the production truly shines.
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