Published: Apr 22, 2010
After cleaning off the papier-mâché paste from her elbows on a recent
April visit, Kelsey Scott ’10 reflected on the help she is receiving
from middle school Earth Scouts on a collaborative art project.
talent is great, and they are really cooperative,” said Scott, an art
major who has been volunteering this semester at Ybor City’s Academy
Prep Center of Tampa. “Their attitude is awesome.”
among several volunteers from The University of Tampa — students and
faculty from the art department — who are collaborating with the Earth
Scouts and staff at Academy Prep and with Earth Charter U.S. to create a
sculpture and dance performance that will be unveiled and performed at
an April 24 gathering: the Academy Prep Center of Tampa Earth Scouts
Arts & Sustainability Earth Day Event.
“It’s a good way to
teach the kids while creating a piece of art,” said Tiffany Huettemann
’12, an art major. “I thought about teaching high school or college-age
students after graduation, but doing this has made me consider maybe
teaching middle school children. I love the kids.” Academy Prep
is a college preparatory middle school that supports its graduates
through high school, college and into their careers. Sharon Joller, the
school’s community relations coordinator, explained that students attend
11 hours a day up to 6 days a week, 11 months a year. All students
attend on full scholarships.
“This collaborative project is a
way to teach students their role in the community, in protecting the
Earth,” said Chris Valle, UT assistant professor of art, who is working
with Assistant Professor Kendra Frorup on organizing the sculpture.
“This is a way to engage our students outside the classroom.”
Earth Scouts is an environmentally-minded club developed by Earth
Charter U.S., a nonprofit organization based in Tampa that provides an
ethical framework to building a caring, sustainable and peaceful global
society. Jan Roberts, founder of the Earth Charter U.S.
, is an adjunct instructor at UT who brought the Earth Scouts program to Academy Prep in 2008.
scouts will run the Earth Day event booths and star in the
performances, which convey the Earth Charter principles of peace and
nonviolence, respect for nature, human rights, participatory democracy,
and social and economic justice.
The Earth Day event will
include food donated by Tampa Whole Foods Market and the opportunities
to create art with recycled materials, receive a chance to win a bicycle
donated by the Junior League of Tampa, and see a performance by the
Stageworks Drum Circle as well as a storytelling performance co-created
by Academy Prep’s sixth-grade girls, UT Professor of Dance Susan Taylor
Lennon, and Lisa Barton ’10.
Barton, a theatre major and speech
minor, will be attending New York University’s graduate school in
theater education for college and communities this fall. Barton, who has
spent summers leading theater camps in Arizona, said she wanted to
volunteer with the Earth Scouts to gain more experience teaching.
plopped me right in the middle of the education field, a great way to
test the waters before grad school,” Barton said. “It’s been a great
experience. Everyone at the school is so helpful and supportive. I
imagine that’s the kind of education experience I’d like to work in.”
Academy Prep Center of Tampa Earth Scouts Arts & Sustainability
Earth Day Event will be held Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.
on the Ybor Campus of Hillsborough Community College, 2112 N. 15th St.,
check in at the main gate. The event is free and open to the public. Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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