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Touchstone Center for Children 

December Newsletter

Greetings,

As 2018 draws to a close, I am honored and pleased to share two enriching conversations I recently had, as part of Touchstone Center’s forthcoming 50th anniversary in 2019. The first conversation, with poet and non-fiction writer Robert Hirschfield, was published in November as a two-part essay in Teachers and Writers Magazineaccompanied with comments by Kathy Creutzburg and Karen Fitzgerald – and the second, an hour-long interview podcast with educator and writer, Ba Luvmour, was aired in early December – as part of his series of podcasts entitled Meetings With Remarkable Teachers

I am also delighted to announce, in conjunction with the Center’s anniversary activities, an inspiring project at PS 99(Q), created by and under the direction of teaching-artist, Karen Fitzgerald, entitled The Garden of Whispering: A Journey into the Languages of Nature. Begun in September, and culminating in May 2019, the project based on my poem and book, Each Sky Has Its Words, is a school-wide exploration and gathering of the many qualities of whispered languages, from clouds to sea-shells, that exist throughout the natural world. And to culminate this journey, students will create a variety of tendril murals coming from each classroom doorway, incorporating the words and images of students throughout the school. A permanent outdoor sculpture will also be created by Peace Committee students, consisting of words and forms generated by parents, students and staff. It will be installed above the entry-way to the PS 99 Annex for early childhood education.


Such gatherings and conversations will become the basis of a number of the Center’s projects and activities for the coming year – reaching, in different ways, into the very nature and origin of the imagination itself, as it unfolds into the many qualities of our knowing and learning. We look forward to your input and participation, and wish you a new year filled with the imaginative awareness and delight so exuberantly expressed by Edwin, of the 4th grade, at PS 20(M):
 
                                        I see the water dancing 
                                        and the trees are singing.
                                        I see the rainbow playing in the cloud.
                                        The rainbow is dancing back and forth.
                                        The colors of the rainbow are dancing with
                                        joyfulness in the cloud.


Best,
Richard
 
 
Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

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Writing from "I Catch My Moment: Art and Writing by Children on the Life of Play", compiled by Richard Lewis, Copyright © 2007 Touchstone Center Publications; Artwork and photographs from the Touchstone Center Archives.
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