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Too many people helped to name them all, but if it wasn't for Wolfe Brack and Anna of the former Anvil Chorus, I wouldn't have made it. A great night on a cold evening.

San Francisco

Spearheaded by Kenna Shapiro, this event was held at was formerly known as the Grey Area Gallery. Sterling Price Flew out to SF from Kansas City to assist as well, and from what I heard Vermillion Lies put on one hell of a show.

Beijing

Deng Pei of the band "A Lonely China Day" acted as both the organizer and curator of the Beijing event. They were unbelievably kind and dedicated to the project. Check out their music here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sWZ1ONLip4

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Art and Ecology Camping Trip

As part of a field work based learning expierence, it is important in fostering the earth and its communities as living systems to get the students into the wild landsape. We created this trip as a way for members of the activist community to build mentorships with the students and to allow them to mutually benifit from all the silence away from city life had to offer.

Communication

For our communication field work, we contacted the local independent radio station: KKFI and had one the board members and DJ's come out talk with our students not only about the value of independent media but the basics of communicating IE a proper handshake and greeting, good times were had by all.

Community

For our community field work we took a trip to the Green Impact Zone in the heart of the Kansas City urban core, where they are working to combat a food desert and build the local economy. We then had a speaker from Bridging the Gap come and discuss the 5 things you can do to make a difference.

Graduation, Celebration Parade

The culmination of our program brought two interns from the Kansas City Art Institute who helped the students pick and prepare a costume based on an animal or plant native to the region, we then marched from school to a local coffee house: One More Cup who practices 95% no waste and treated the students before graduation.

Economy

For our economy field work, Robin and Arial from: Loaves of Grass Bread came and taught the students how to make real sourdough bread from a 5 year old starter created in San Francisco. The students then "gifted" their loaves to neighbors in the the community around the school in exchange that the recipient would pay it forward teaching them that currency is only a marker for value, and value itself is equivalent exchange.

Agriculture

We were able to introduce the students to our relationship with the amazing founders of the Bad Seed Farmer's Market and Urbivore Farm. The students got a walk through of the farm, a chance to meet the animals and finally taught how to plant and harvest in no till plots.

Introduction to Curriculum and Value Exchange

One of the founding principles behind our work with the students was the lesson of equivalent exchange, and community building through social capital. We had the students write down their favorite things, activities they were good at, and those they would like to learn how to do. We then paired them with older students and they were tasked to foster each others skills over the course of the term.

Nutrition

For our nutrition field work , we took a trip to the Blue Bird Bistro in the West Side of Kansas City where the owner gave us a tour and described where each of the ingredients of the meal we ate came from emphasizing the relationship between farmer, vendor and customer.

Resources

It was important to be able to take the students to a time before modern convenience was so readily available, so we taught them how to make organic local beeswax taper candles and each was given the homework of spending an evening using no light except their candle, to appreciate the ease of modern life.

Self Esteem

We were lucky enough to be invited to a wonderful place in Kansas called Learning2Fly run by a 4 time professional boxing champion Sumya Anani where she teaches yoga and aerial fabric. The students got a hand's on lesson and ended the day with a good meal.

Shelter

I was beyond lucky to have Studio 804 a green architecture firm based inside the University of Kansas agree to have a couple of their alumni come out to a few of their sites and give us guided tours of their work, learning about innovative sustainable design, shoestring budgets, and teamwork. We ended the day with a lovely meal in a local park.

The Satellite Letter Project

Based dually on a principle called Derive by Guy Debord and the Golden Record from the Voyager Project, the students had to compose a letter about their experience during the LSP and convey one thing they had learned to a complete stranger. We handmade ink from crushing and boiling local black walnuts, made our own quills out of bamboo and paper to boot. The letters were sent based on a random selection of Motuv contacts that agreed to participate in hopefully building a relationship with the student so they could have contacts "out in the world" and to convince them to continually broaden their horizons.

Transportation [350 Field Trip]

The entire school took a trip to some rural land owned by a patron of the Academy, where we made this painting for the 350.org 10/10/10 world wide event to combat climate change. It was a wonderful day.

Water

For our first field work, we took the students to the banks of the Missouri River in Parkville, and had Erin a rep from Water.org a local AND international non profit organization that works for clean water in all over the world come talk to the students about the state of disparity across geographical borders. We then constructed a rain barrel for the school garden.

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Letterpress Campaign

There are few moments that taught me as much about what it means to truly be defined by one's work that this. We began work on this flier almost a year to the time it was finally printed. Learning an older and hand's on way of doing something where you must be involved in every step of the way granted an appreciation for what it means to make with one's hands instead of simply pressing a button and walking away. It was hard and tedious and mind numbingly frustrating and worth every second. We were lucky enough to be taken in by Ink Knife studio where the founder; Calvert took me by the hand and patiently helped me work through the kinks. Anyone who thinks there are no ghosts in the machine has obviously never done letterpress.

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The Food

One of the goals originally was to create a cook book based on farmer's markets, and the specialties those farmers had based on the specific crops they grew. Another was to create vegan and vegetarian food that had deep and vibrant flavors, much has been learned, but the basics remain the same: Know your land, know your food, eat like you love.

The People

Over the years, so many different people from various walks of life have come to break bread at our table, to tell their stories and learn those of others. These are some of our memories.

Various Projects: Hope House Event

This was the first event the SS community ever did as a whole, we had a regular who worked for Hope House and thought it would be nice to do something for then for Christmas. After raising money and collecting donated objects we prepared a local meal, had the kids make cards and gifts for their mothers and gave the mothers gift bags with ear rings and beauty products they usually wouldn't have had the access or means to. It was one of the best Christmas's I've ever had, to see the women smile and to know it was because a group of people who came together from disparate backgrounds for a collective purpose was the best gift I ever got.

Various Projects: Silence Retreat

The Sunday community takes an annual retreat to a wonderful place called the Hollis Center, where we remove ourselves from both urban and technological life for a few days to remember the language of the animate landscape only found in a reverent and humble silence.

Various Projects: Woimnayankel

Woimnayankel is the Lakota word for reverence, sublimity and the Aurora Borealis. Past students, community members and friends came out to breathe in the natural world and to approach art like a vision quest, liminally removing themselves from one mindset and moving towards another. the result was everything and more, art AS experience.

Various Projects: Urban Farms Tour

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture [Now Cultivate KC] asked Motuv and the HomeGrown Project at the Kansas City Art Institute to be part of the 2011 Farms Tour, good times were had by all.

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