Nature for the Nation
Nature for the Nation is back! TigerLion Arts’ outdoor walking play about Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and their love of the natural world enters its 5th year. Since its inception, we have aimed to share the production with as large and diverse an audience as possible, and it is with much excitement that we share with you our plans for 2017.
In this bicentennial year of Thoreau’s birth, we will launch the 2017 tour with a gift to the community: two weeks of free performances in Minneapolis’ Washburn Fair Oaks Park in early September, including school matinees for over 600 students. This run is sponsored in part by a grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the combined resources of a dedicated team of Community Partners. By offering Nature free of charge in this centrally located, densely populated, urban neighborhood, we will share the essential theme of finding one’s own connection with nature, while reminding our audience of the beauty that exists literally in their backyard, at no cost.
In the second half of September, Nature will make its East Coast debut in the ancestral home of both Emerson and Thoreau – Concord, Massachusetts! So much of their work comes from their deep relationship to this region, so in many ways, it feels like the spiritual home of Nature. Presented by The Trustees of Reservations at The Old Manse in collaboration with yet another outstanding team of Community Partners, we are grateful for the additional support of an Imagine Your Parks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, which funds projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes.
The 2017 tour will culminate in early October at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where we will perform our closing week at their new Bee & Pollinator Center. Nature made its debut in 2010 at the Arboretum, and we’re thrilled to explore a new area of their spectacular grounds on this return visit.
Wait, there’s more! As part of our activities, we’re working with a film crew from Twin Cities Public Television to create a documentary about Nature for the Nation. This medium will allow us to expand Nature’s reach to students and adults of all ages throughout the country.
For us to realize this ambitious slate of activities, including two weeks of free performances, we ask for your financial support. Your contribution will provide access for thousands to see this extraordinary production, experience the music and talents of our brilliant company, partake in a variety of workshop and educational offerings, and view our documentary for years to come. Please join us on this exciting adventure by helping TigerLion Arts bring Nature to the nation.