Enchanted Circle is celebrating National Arts in Education Week, September 9th to 15th, with the unveiling of The Secret Stream Story Walk, a public art and advocacy campaign created with 5th grade students at Holyoke’s Sullivan School to raise awareness of Day Brook, an underground stream in Holyoke that flows into the Connecticut River.
The Story Walk unveiling will take place on Thursday September 14th at 1:15pm at Sullivan School in Holyoke.
This Arts in Education program was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Urban Waters Small Grant, and administrated by The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, in collaboration with the Holyoke Conservation Commission, the Holyoke Department of Public Works, Holyoke Community College, and Enchanted Circle.
In Fall 2016, Enchanted Circle teaching artist Liz Woolsey, together with Sullivan School art teacher, Ben Parker, integrated visual arts and environmental science with students in grades five and eight at the Sullivan School in Holyoke. During the course of this artist in residence program, students studied Day Brook, an underground stream running from the Sullivan School to the Connecticut River, and explored the impact that storm water, combined sewage overflow, and gray infrastructure (industry) have had on the brook itself, the Connecticut River Watershed, and the community at large.
For their final project, the 8th grade students created a Public Art Mural that is on display at Community Field, and the 5th grade students created a Story Walk that tells the story of Day Brook. The Mural was unveiled at Community Field in Holyoke on June 24th and the Story Walk will be unveiled at Sullivan School on Thursday, September 14th. This public art campaign aims to re-connect area residents with the often-unseen natural resources in their urban environment and to educate the public about the impact the community has upon our watershed.