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Nile Project New England Tour

Here in the Upper Valley, the dominant feature of our landscape is the Connecticut River. We cross it, we play on it, we farm lands made rich by it—and sometimes we are flooded by it. This same presence is true for communities up and down the river, from the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound.

The folks at the Hop got super-excited a few years ago when they heard about The Nile Project, bringing together musicians from the dozen or so Nile Basic countries to promote cultural exchange and bring awareness of the critical region-wide issues of water use and river stewardship.

The Hop’s immediate thought was: let’s help bring this project to the Connecticut River region and work with other New England arts presenters – plus environmental groups, educators and more – to develop exciting local programming that promote our own river stewardship and cultural exchange.

This spring it all comes to fruition!

*March 23-27, 2015         BU & World Music-Crash Arts

*March 28 – March 31   Flynn Center & UVM Lane

*March 31-April 3            Middlebury College

*April 7                                UMass Amherst

April 8-11                            Wesleyan

April 12-13                          Portland Ovations

April 14-18                          Hopkins Center

Here are some of the things happening at the Hop:

  • Two performances April 17, one in the evening and one a special family matinee (it’s school vacation week)
  • Spotlight discussions with the artists following both performances;
  • A downloadable community family study guide for upper-grade students, with background on music and instruments, environmental sustainability, water rights/control, and watersheds
  • In collaboration with the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Montshire Museum of Science,  “Watersheds!,” a learning camp involving regional and Dartmouth faculty experts, with hands-on discovery projects in the CT River watershed, culminating with the family matinee at the Hop, and the study guide
  • A Saturday-morning free “HopStop” (ages 3-9, designed to be children’s very first introduction to the arts) by Nile Project artists on April 18
  • A public panel discussion, “Who Owns the Water: Water Control Along the Nile and the Connecticut,” involving Dartmouth Environmental Science, Geography and Geology faculty
  • A GIS-mapping projects to for Dartmouth geography students that contrasts and compares environmental aspects of the Nile and the Connecticut, shared broadly via Nile Project website
  • A River Musicians Exchange uniting Nile musicians with local acoustic musicians, to share firsthand music-making in an intimate setting
  • A “River Pen Pals” program digitally linking local and Nile middle school youth
  • A small Hood Museum exhibit of contemporary photography of water environments demonstrating both water’s ability to draw people together, and the effects of human-made water disasters

Learn more at http://www.nileproject.org or hop.dartmouth.edu/Online

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