VSA Massachusetts – Park(ing) Day Installation in Downtown Boston!

Parkolation The Parkolation Project is an educational program of VSA Massachusetts COOL Schools that provides opportunities for high school students to solve real world problems, creatively, by designing and building innovative public spaces such as parklets or mini parks.

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Every fall we participate in Park(ing) Day – an international day where people all over the world build temporary parklet installations to encourage society to think more imaginatively and sustainably about public space.



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This year our Parkolation students had a blast using recycled materials from Save That Stuff to create an ephemeral parklet with an underwater theme. Why? to help raise awareness about the impact of global climate change on sea levels around the world, in particular the vulnerability of our coastal city.  In this photo, Andre is creating a bottle that depicts the city of Boston’s skyline. He later filled the vessel up with water. What a powerful message!



The folks at Save that Stuff were so generous — not only did they help load up our car, they also donated some oyster shells from The Massachusetts Oyster Project which the students put to creative use. Can you find the a PEARL?

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The students engaged artfully – through designing and building this temporary space – and civically – through brave conversations with passersby about climate change, rising tides and our hope to make a positive impact by building a sustainable parklet this school year.

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Wilhelmina Peragine, Teaching Artist, VSA

Boston Green Academy – Building Community with Recycled Art and Solar-Powered Lanterns

Building BGA community with recycled art and solar-powered lanterns

Boston Green Academy celebrated Summer Reading on September 5th with an event called “Making Our Mark @ BGA.” During the summer, BGA students and staff read about people from six countries who have created electricity in innovative ways using local, recycled materials to harness solar and wind energy.

Our sixth, ninth, and tenth graders also used local, recycled materials — generously donated by Extras for Creative Reuse in Lynn and Save That Stuff in Charlestown — to create a “BGA” sign for the front foyer of the Taft Building — our new home. Thanks to expert guidance from VSA teaching artists, we have a beautiful entryway!

Meanwhile, the eleventh and twelfth graders created solar-powered lanterns with our physics and engineering teacher, Erica Wilson, and BGA Board member Chris Stokes.

Here are some photos from the day. Thanks to everyone who helped out!

Lucas Hall, Library Teacher, BGA


Boston Local Food Festival – this Sunday! Sept. 14th

imageJoin the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for the 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival!

The festival will take place on Sunday September, 14th from 11am to 5pm on The cigarettes shops Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston. This is a FREE festival, a zero waste event and New England’s largest one-day farmers market and celebration of local food!

Boston Local Food Festival features:

  • 100 vendors and sponsors from across New England including local farmers, restaurants, food trucks, fishers, specialty food producers, and food and fitness-related organizations.
  • Chef and Do-It-Yourself Demos
  • A Seafood Throwdown
  • Live Local Music
  • An interactive Family Fun Zone including health and fitness activities
  • The “50 by 60” New England Food Vision launch
  • And more!

Shop, taste, discover viagra and enjoy Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, September 14th.

To find out more visit their website at www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.org

Social Media:@BostonLocalFood, www.facebook.com/BostonLocalFood

See you on Sunday!