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Kettle Pond Visitor Center's "Green Cafe" A Hit With National Wildlife Refuge Visitors
Northeast Region, June 1, 2006
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The Green Cafe is a film and lecture series developed by the Kettle Pond Visitor Center's artist-in-residence, Ana Flores.  Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff received a grant to partially fund Ana's work during her year-long tenure.  Among her several endeavors is the "Green Cafe", a lecture series aimed at "discussing the environment through artistic processes".  During the past spring season, the Cafe focused on a "water" theme.  Attended by near-capacity crowds in our multi-purpose room, it brought together artists, environmentalists and scientists to discuss water use issues from global to local scales. The series will resume in the fall, with four evenings devoted to an "earth-theme" issues.

Ana Flores is a sculptor, environmentalist, and community arts advocate, as well as the co-founder of the Arts and Healing Program at the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to the Green Cafe and the creation of several sculptures, Ana was also instrumental in reaching out to urban school children through the City Arts of Providence program.  This program was funded by an additional grant and culminated with a field trip to the refuge visitor center and a visit to a coastal pond, furthering the link between art and the environment.  It was a tremendous experience for the students as most had never been to a coastal pond before! The students later presented their field trip and art work at their school's open house.

Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, (413) 253-8303, jennifer_lapis@fws.gov
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