Touchstone Center for Children March Newsletter

During the month of March, a number of outreach activities of the Center took place:

On March 3rd, as part of the Center’s ongoing exhibit, Art Inspires Art: How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know? at the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, I was joined by visual-artist Kathy Cruetzburg, in an interactive arts workshop for children. Reading from my book, The Bird of Imagining, we discovered through our discussion, art and writing, the unique and special bird that lives, flies and imagines in each of us.

He is looking at me ...

On Saturday, March 12th, in collaboration with Jane Clarke at the City and Country School, the Center brought together a group of interested teachers to continue, for the second year, our conversation based on ways to preserve various qualities of childhood play and imagining within educational settings. This year’s subject was The Play of Imagining: Reaching for the Inward Worlds of Childhood.
And on March 23rd, as part of a reading from my book A Tree Lives,  I entered into a lively dialogue with 2nd Grade children at the Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn, on the marvel and importance of our imaginative insights. Thinking upon the gift we have to make the invisible - visible, we each created a tree, through our art and writing, which can feel and see and listen to the ever growing world around us.

Inside my tree is a swirling storm of stars ....


Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

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