the Confluence Project

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The Confluence Project is an ambitious experiment in creative place-making that demonstrates an in-depth model for bringing arts, youth, community groups, regional planners and educational institutions to the civic dialogue table to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of watersheds.

The Confluence Project links Vermont Performance Lab’s artist residency program with the community development work of the Windham Regional Commission. Through public programs and integrated art-science residencies and curriculum, The Confluence Project will support our local schools, build understanding of our local watersheds, and foster a new model for civic engagement and help create a deeper engagement around environmental and social issues in our community.

As part of The Confluence Project, VPL is bringing integrated arts-science residencies to three local schools. Starting in March teaching artists Judy Dow, Gowri Savoor and Lida Winfield will work with stream scientists and students at the Guilford Central School, Hilltop Montessori School, and Marlboro Elementary School to delve into the science, history, and culture of our local watersheds. The residencies will culminate in May with student art projects, presentations, performances and community celebrations.

Vermont Performance Lab and the Windham Regional Commission are pleased to collaborate with many community partners to make these programs and integrated arts-science residencies possible: the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Connecticut River Conservancy, the Green River Watershed Alliance, Marlboro College, River Gallery School, the Vermont River Conservancy and three Windham County schools: Guilford Central School, Hilltop Montessori School and Marlboro Elementary School.

For a complete listing of our public programs and school events that are open to community participation please visit our events page and for more details of how this year's Lab Artists will be working with our community visit our 2018 residency page.

These programs and in-school residencies are made possible with the help of our community partners and with grant support from the Fresh Sound Foundation, the High Meadows Fund, The Thomas Thompson Trust, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham Foundation and VPL’s Creation Fund donors.

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