New York, NY (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
For Earth Day 2012, Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial, is asking people the world over to share a memory about environmental loss and, at the same time, learn about whats being done to stop it. Ms. Lins Earth Day appeal is being made in collaboration with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and World Wildlife Fund to draw attention to Conservation in Action, the newest installment of What is Missing?, a global, multimedia artwork that serves as a memorial to our living planet. What is Missing? is launching publicly at Bloomberg on April 20.
Conservation in Action gives people a place to share what theyve seen diminish or disappear from the natural world and for us to present promising stories about ecological restoration and conservation, said Maya Lin. Some people said that a memorial to our living planet was depressing, but I believe that using memories and history to show the abundance of biodiversity the planet once held can spur people to realize their power to connect with work that is under way and take steps in their everyday lives, no matter how small.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is proud to collaborate with Mayas haunting and ambitious What Is Missing? memorial, said John Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sound and video recordings from the natural world archived in our Macaulay Library and the expertise of our scientists achieve an important new voice through Mayas elegant blending of vision, passion for the earth, and attention to scientific detail.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, World Wildlife Fund and other leading science and conservation organizations have partnered to provide content on projects that are helping resolve threats to the worlds environmental hot spots and wildlife.
Conservation in Action is part of http://www.whatismissing.net, a science-based site that transports viewers into the heart of the ongoing sixth mass extinction in the planets history. The site is the nexus of the What is Missing? memorial.
The website presents more than 600 historical accounts of natural abundance, hundreds of personal memories, 400+ citations highlighting conservation successes and disasters in history, and conservation stories from a global network of participating organizations.
In saving the worlds wildlife, there is a sense of urgency, but also of hope, and What is Missing? perfectly captures both, said Colby Loucks, director of World Wildlife Funds conservation science program. Whether its tracking jaguars in the Amazon, protecting Americas Fish Basket in Bristol Bay, saving the last 50 Javan rhinos in Indonesia, or protecting marine turtles in Kenya, WWF and its partners are seeing hopeful signs for the future of nature.
Conceived as Ms. Lins last memorial, What is Missing? grew out of her commitment and concern for the environment and longstanding desire to not only raise awareness about species and habitat loss and degradation, but also give hope for what can be and is being done to help.
What is Missing? includes the website as well as a permanent installation for the California Academy of Sciences, travelling exhibits in New York, Beijing, and Copenhagen, and future installations for Cornell, the Field Museum in Chicago, and IUCN.
About What is Missing?
The What is Missing? Foundation was established in 2003 by Maya Lin to fund her fifth and last memorial project. What is Missing? is a wholly collaborative project, created by Maya Lin and Maya Lin Studio with contributions from scientific institutions, environmental groups, writers, art institutions, filmmakers, photographers, and artists. Core media contributors include Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic Society, ARKive, and BBC Earth.
The Foundation has produced more than 70 one-to-two-minute videos that are being shown at the permanent and travelling exhibits and made available on the website and Vimeo (courtesy of film and sounds from Cornell, National Geographic Society, the BBC and ARKive ).
About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earths biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Founded in 1915, the Lab is a nonprofit organization supported by 45,000 members, with an online community that includes 200,000 citizen-science participants and 5 million bird enthusiasts who connect online at http://www.allaboutbirds.org. As a proud unit of Cornell University, the Lab has 10 faculty on staff, as well as a team of conservation scientists and a strong history of scientific excellence and technological innovation. Learn more at http://www.birds.cornell.edu.
About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is the worlds leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit http://www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.
Other Participants in Conservation in Action
IUCN, NRDC, Oceana, Panthera, Wildlife Conservation Society, California Academy of Sciences, The Field Museum, Conservation International, Audubon, Bird Life International, Greenpeace, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, RARE, WildAID, Woodshole Oceanographic Institution
Australian Koala Foundation, Bat Conservation International, Bonobo Conservation Initiative, Defenders of Wildlife, Freedom to Roam, Hoh River Trust, International Rhino Foundation, Living With Lions, Ocean Alliance, Programa de conservacion Ex-situ del Lince Iberico Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Shark Savers, Snow Leopard Trust, Wild Camel Protection Foundation, Xerces Society
Feed It Forward Participants Share Inspirational Stories as Giving Total Nears $ 50 Million
Arlington Heights, IL (PRWEB) December 15, 2011
Restaurant.com today announced that Feed It Forward, the company’s holiday program to celebrate the gift of giving, is rapidly approaching $ 50 million in total giveaways. Feed It Forward participants have already given away more than one million $ 10 eGift Cards this holiday season.
“We’re making a difference in many lives during this special time of year,” said Restaurant.com CEO Cary Chessick. “Our team at Restaurant.com is truly humbled by the significance, meaning and thoughtfulness behind all the notes we’ve received from people across the country.”
Feed It Forward givers and recipients continue to share their stories of gratitude.
“I was unemployed for a while and had some unexpected expenses,” said Rick Rivera of Fort Wayne, Ind. “I took full advantage to give these gift cards since there are so many people in need.”
Robin Shipman of Atlanta, Ga., decided to Feed It Forward with her co-workers. “I sent them gift cards and they were thrilled,” she said. “We all got pay cuts, so every little bit helps when you’re in that position.”
“I have found that the more a person gives, the more that’s given back,” said Lyn Esposito of Mount Laurel, N.J. “It made me feel honored to be able to give.”
An unexpected gift reunited Chi Nguyen with his college friend. “I had a great meal and we caught up on lost memories,” said Nguyen of Dorchester, Mass. “The gift card sparked the reunion of stories and laughs.”
Stacey Dolegowski of Randolph, N.J., was surprised to receive the Feed It Forward gift card. “It felt wonderful to be thought of during the holidays,” said Dolegowski. “Not only that, but with two kids and one income, it’s not easy to go out to eat.”
The gift of giving can make a world of difference, as it did for Michele Christie of Rochester, N.Y. “I was thankful for the surprise gift card,” she said. “Life gets going too fast. It was nice way to slow down and take my son on a date to remember what’s really important in life – people. Dinners out give us a chance to talk and to listen, without TV, video games and other distractions.”
Feed It Forward, created in 2008 when the economy crashed, enables participants to give free $ 10 Restaurant.com eGift Cards Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Individuals can give up to 40 gifts per day to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or anyone who deserves a kind gesture. There are no catches or gimmicks, and the Restaurant.com Gift Cards never expire.
Visit http://www.Restaurant.com/FeedItForward to participate in the giving celebration and learn more about “Feed It Forward.” Also, visit http://press.restaurant.com for stories, testimonials, fact sheets, FAQs and images.
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Stories on Stage presents “Making Merry”
Event on 2011-12-11 13:30:00
STORIES ON STAGE
Stories on Stage presents “Making Merry” Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder and Sunday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Denver at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Single tickets are .Tickets for December 10 in Boulder are available by calling the Dairy Center at 303-444-7328 or online at www.thedairy.org ; tickets for December 11 in Denver are available by calling 303-494-0523 or online at www.storiesonstage.org. Student tickets are ; tickets for groups of 10 or more are per person and LoDough (scholarship) tickets are also available.
The talents of Jacqueline Antaramian, Sam Gregory, and John Hutton bring warmth to the season with classic holiday stories and songs in Making Merry.
The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus by Ogden Nash
Auggie Wren's Christmas Story by Paul Auster
read by Sam Gregory
Ogden Nash was an American poet best known for writing pithy and funny light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry". His first job in New York was as a writer of the streetcar ads for a company that previously had employed another Baltimore resident, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nash loved to rhyme. "I think in terms of rhyme…and have since I was six years old," he professed. He had a fondness for crafting his own words whenever rhyming words did not exist.
Paul Auster is known for works blending absurdism, existentialism, and the search for identity and personal meaning in works such as The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002) and The Brooklyn Follies (2005). Mr. Austeris also the author of numerous screenplays, and works of non-fiction. His other titles include poet, translator and film director.
Sam Gregory is a Denver Center Theatre Company member. He has performed on stage at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and regionally with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the California Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Gregory has appeared in daytime dramas One Life to Live and As the World Turns. He received Westword’s 2011 Best Of Award for Best Season for an Actor.
A Visit from Saint Nicholas (in the Ernest Hemingway Manner) by James Thurber
Christmas Eve at the Slash Y by Jack Schaefer
read by John Hutton
James Thurber The author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the creator of numerous New Yorker magazine cover cartoons, was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 1894. One of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, his inimitable wit and pithy prose spanned a breadth of genres, including short stories, modern commentary, fiction, children's fantasy and letters.
American writer and journalist, a master of the novella, whose best-known book Shane (1949) has been considered the ultimate achievement in creating a mythical western hero with a shady past. His journalistic career spanned nearly 20 years but in 1949, Schaefer quit his newspaper job to write full-time. Several of his short stories appeared in various periodicals and other papers, such as Argosy, Bluebook, Boy's Life, Collier's, Fresco, Gunsmoke, Holiday, and the Saturday Evening Post. In the late 1960s he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and devoted himself to writing of mankind's effect upon the environment.
John Hutton begins season 20 with the Denver Center Theatre Company. Some of his recent credits include Trip to Bountiful, Richard III, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Measure for Measure, Plainsong and The House of the Spirits. Other Regional Credits include The Goodman Theatre, Centerstage, Huntington Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre, The Old Globe and Curious Theatre Company. He received the 2007 Best of Westword for Best Actor in a Comedy (Fiction). John also played Peter Love on Another World.
Who Can Retell by Myra Goldberg, read by Jacqueline Antaramian
Myra Goldberg's bestselling first novel, Bee Season, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. Her second novelWickett’s Remedy grew out of her fascination with the 1918 influenza epidemic, and her third, The False Friend, concerns a woman trying to untangle a 20-year-old memory. Ms. Goldberg's short stories have appeared in Harpers and Failbetter, among other places. In addition to her novels, she has written an essay collection and a children’s book
Jacqueline Antaramian’s Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Coram Boy, Julius Caesar andWrong Mountain. She has been seen in episodes of Fringe, Lipstick Jungle, Third Watch, Law & Order and The Sopranos and in the movie The Siege. Ms. Antaramian has performed leading roles in more than 60 regional productions, including nine years at the Denver Center Theatre Company, and was awarded the 2006 Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her performance inNine Parts of Desire. Additionally, Jacqueline Antaramian enhances this event with holiday songs, accompanied by Gary Grundei on piano.
Celebrating their 11th Season, Stories on Stage has great actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater.
Making Merry is sponsored by Les Crispelle and Glenn Tiedt and sponsored in part by the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and the Ralph and Florence Burgess Trust.
Stories on Stage presents “Making Merry” – Award-winning actors bringing warmth to the season with holiday stories and songs.
Saturday, December 10
@ The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder
303-444-7328 or online at www.thedairy.org
Sunday, December 11
1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
@ Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
303-494-0523 or online at www.storiesonstage.org.
at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Fourteenth and Curtis
Denver, United States
WRITING WORKSHOP – WAR STORIES: MEMORIES OF WAR…At HOME AND ON THE FRONT, Part 2
Event on 2011-11-16 13:30:00
Instructor Michael Berlin, screenwriter, film expert, and educator, guides you through the process of capturing those unforgettable moments and documenting them in story form. The workshop will include writing exercises, basic story techniques, short film clips and group feedback. Bring paper, pen or a laptop and your stories! For additional information, please call 714-567-3677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
at Bowers Museum
2002 North Main
Santa Ana, United States