Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
ACHF Arts Access
To create a situation that facilitates an emotional reconnection to nature through sound, music and performance, to foster further opportunities for volunteerism, engagement, and community projects like this one. 1. I will be creating a website/performance blog that will be designed to track visits, shares and downloads. The number of participants, audience members and performers who visit the website’s performance blog, contribute to the conversation and download and/or share video and audio clips -- this continued post-show interaction and conversation will be an indicator of the level of effectiveness of the project as a catalyst for further opportunities for volunteerism, engagement, and community projects like this one. 2. The number of people who attend and participate in the shape-note 'open-singing' workshop who then return to see the performance will be an indicator of the success of my outreach and promotions efforts. 3. To measure the degree to which My Ocean has facilitated an emotional reconnection to nature through sound, music and performance a Q and A session and survey at the pre-showing in June will establish a base measurement of what participants learned in the workshop and how participants and performers feel about nature, specifically Ordway Prairie. A second Q and A and comparison survey will be taken after the premiere in August. I will ask participants and performers again how the overall experience has affected them with regard to music making, their connection to Ordway Prairie and how or if they feel any change in their personal connection to nature.
Out of 94 surveys a majority of survey-takers had spent time on the prairie before, were over 60 years old and have lived in a rural area for more than 5 years. The opposite is true for most of the performers. A majority of the performers surveyed didn't reside in rural areas, were under 50 years old and had either never spent time on a prairie before or had once or twice. A majority of all surveyed had travelled 25-49 miles to the performance, said 'yes,' they feel they have a stronger connection to nature, and a new understanding of the land and its history. When comparing resonating artistic elements of the performance there was a close tie between the storytelling and music while the interpreted nature walk itself as the format was what people related to most.
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