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Touchstone Center for Children 

February Newsletter
Greetings,
 
As part of its Arts and Education programming, the Touchstone Center has initiated, in collaboration with teaching-artist
Karen Fitzgerald, a series of six weekly workshops for 3rd grade students at PS 99(Q) entitled, Reaching for the Other Side of Clouds: Listening to the Language of the Imagination. As a starting point, the project will encourage students to enter into the life of clouds and to imagine the worlds that clouds originate and become. Through each child’s art and writing, students will continue the conversation that is both their imagination - and that of the natural world.
The relationship between our imagination and the natural world has been central to the work of the Center. With this in mind, we would like to share Each Sky Has Its Words, a video created by Geoffrey Jones, which I narrate along with music by Harry MannEach Sky Has Its Words was originally published by the Center as a picture book illustrated by Gigi Alvaré, with the intent in bringing us closer “to the presence of language in all things, from shells to stars, from our heartbeat to distant thunder, and how everything around us is alive with its own way of speaking.”


 
The Feeling of the Earth

My feeling as the earth since sleeping in the winter when rain came down and the wind blows would be like small stoves landing on me and the clouds are like blowed through words, like speaking.

 
-Alex, Age 11
 

Best,

Richard
 


Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

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Original Writing and Art from the Speakings of the Earth Project, IS 227(Q) from the Touchstone Center Archives.

Photograph from Touchstone Center Archives. 
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