Nature for the Nation
Nature for the Nation charges forward! TigerLion Arts’ outdoor walking play about Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and their love of the natural world has just completed 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 successes from 2017.
In this bicentennial year of Thoreau’s birth, we launched 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 500 students. This run was 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 to this centrally located, densely populated, urban neighborhood, we shared 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 made its East Coast debut in the ancestral home of both Emerson and Thoreau – Concord, Massachusetts! So much of their work came from their deep relationship to this region, so in many ways, it feels like the spiritual home of Nature. Presented by The Trustees at The Old Manse in collaboration with yet another outstanding team of Community Partners, we were grateful for the additional support of an Imagine Your Parks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, which funded projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes.
The 2017 tour culminated in early October at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where we performed our closing week at their new Bee & Pollinator Center. Nature made its debut in 2010 at the Arboretum, and we were thrilled to explore a new area of their spectacular grounds on this return visit.
Wait, there’s more! As part of our activities, we have been 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. The documentary will be released in early 2018!
Your contribution will continue to 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 continue to bring Nature to the nation.