A Message from the Director
Thanks for playing a part in The Weather Project
The Weather Project enjoyed its last performance on Wednesday August 26th, 2015 beneath the gentle hum of the wind turbine, near the silent solar panels and the bee-loud vegetable gardens at SUNY Sullivan. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of so very many amazing people over the past 2 years. From the planning to the execution and the subsequent touring—this project was a joy from start to finish. It could not have been made without the participation of so many people in our community. Thanks to everyone for everything you gave—your time, talent, support, attention, and intention to make this world better for all of us.
With love and gratitude,
The (Award-Winning) Weather Project
We are proud to announce that the Upper Delaware Council bestowed their "Partnership Award" upon The Weather Project at their annual awards ceremony on April 26th, 2015. Details are on page 12 of the Awards Program.
Tannis and NACL have also been awarded the 2015 Sullivan Pride Award for the Town of Highland, presented by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.
The Weather Project in American Theatre Magazine
The Weather Project in OTHER NEWS: READ ALL ABOUT IT!
What is THE WEATHER PROJECT?
A community-wide THEATRE, ART, and SCIENCE project about the WEATHER, our LIVES, our LOCAL HISTORY, our ENVIRONMENT, and our CURRENT CLIMATE. (Watch the trailer.)
Mark Twain purportedly said, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” NACL, in partnership with the Town of Highland and a host of local and regional organizations, has taken up this challenge.
The Project Description
The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring residents, artists, and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science. The project began in 2013, and included a climate symposium organized by the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development with distinguished panelists in a variety of disciplines and professions. (Watch highlights.) Capping off the first year was The Weather Project Expo and Community Play, a spectacular pageant featuring over 70 participants and attended by upwards of 500 residents of the upper Delaware region on August 9, 2014 at the firemen's ballfield in Yulan, NY. Led by NACL Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk, core members of this community ensemble extended the project through the summer of 2015 with a touring version of the performance that engaged new audiences in Brooklyn, Livingston Manor, and Liberty, NY, and across the Delaware in Honesdale, PA.
Filmmaker Frank Kuzler of Decades Out is currently working with NACL on a documentary film about the year-long project with collaboration from Isaac Green-Dieboll, Conor Stratton, and Tina Spangler.
The Community Collaborators
This innovative arts engagement project is spearheaded by NACL Theatre with The Town of Highland, and the participation of: Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development, Western Sullivan Public Library, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Heron's Eye Communications, Catskill Art Society, Eldred Central High School, The Homestead School, North School Studio, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Spiral Q Puppet Theatre, The Ottawa Stilt Union, Hospitality Green, Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Northeast Spirit Barbershop Quartet, community elders, musicians, visual and performing artists, and an incredible array of technical specialists including NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies scientist, Elaine Matthews. In 2015 the project was supported again by Sullivan Renaissance, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Catskill Art Society, and was bolstered by new Community Partners: The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Liberty School District, The Cooperage Project, and SEEDS.
Special Thanks to the Yulan Fire Department for allowing us to rehearse and perform at the Firemen's Ballfield in Yulan, NY; to Catskill Art Society for hosting the Livingston Manor workshops; to Kathy Lambert for organizing workshops in Liberty Schools; and to The Cooperage for hosting our workshops in Honesdale.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
The Weather Project also engaged 28 visual artists to create artworks with the theme "The Weather Outside My Window." (view the windows)
The artworks (created on recycled antique windows from the NACL artists' residence) formed part of the set for 2014 performance in Yulan.
THE WEATHER PROJECT In the News
"NACL Dramatizes Climate Change with ‘The Weather Project’"
American Theatre - 10.19.14
"‘Thanks’ from The Weather Project"
The River Reporter - 08.27.14
"The arts, serving the public good"
The River Reporter - 08.14.14
"Encore! Encore!" - Jonathan Fox's Review
The River Reporter - 08.13.14
"What do the Wizard of Oz and Climate Change have in common?"
Treehugger.com - 08.13.14
"Come and see (and do something) about the weather"
Sullivan County Democrat - 08.08.14
"The Weather Project: Forecast calls for epic event!"
The River Reporter - 08.06.14
"A cloud collector in The Weather Project"
The River Reporter - 07.30.14
"Let's Talk About The Weather Project: Making Theater of Community in the Catskills"
The Brooklyn Rail - 07.15.14
"River Muse: The Weather Project?"
The River Reporter - 07.02.14
"Our carbon problem; Local citizens work to address climate change"
The River Reporter - 02.20.14
"Lumberland takes the climate change pledge"
The River Reporter - 02.19.14
"Preparing for climate change; Reducing our region’s carbon footprint"
The River Reporter - 10.09.13
"And now, for our local weather report"
The River Reporter - 08.14.13
"Town, theatre on climate kick"
Times Herald-Record - 08.11.13
"Collaboration in the Forecast"
the570.com - August 2013
The River Reporter - 07.10.13
Support for THE WEATHER PROJECT
The Weather Project is supported in part by an Our Town award for creative place-making from the National Endowment for the Arts, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grants, by Sullivan Renaissance, and by local businesses and individual donors.
We would like to thank our 2014 Season Sponsors (by cloud altitude)—CIRRUS: Arnold and Roberta Krumholz; ALTOSTRATUS: The River Reporter, Catskill Farms, Heidi Finkelberg, Cass Collins and Jim Stratton; TOWERING CUMULUS: Jeff Bank, The Homestead School, Taglialatella Galleries, Catskill Mountainkeeper.
We are grateful for the additional 2015 support of Mike Uretsky and Wendy Burnett, and Cass Collins and Jim Stratton.
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE WEATHER PROJECT on Indiegogo!
If you missed Indiegogo, but would still like to support The Weather Project you can donate online:
If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to “NACL Theatre” and send it to: NACL Theatre, PO Box 33, Highland Lake, NY 12743 USA
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