BRATTLEBORO — Vermont Performance Lab and the Connecticut River Conservancy are joining forces to produce The Confluence Paddle on Friday, May 25 as part The Confluence Project, a new collaborative effort that brings arts, youth, community groups, and educational institutions to the civic dialogue table to help create a deeper engagement around water and watersheds.
The Confluence Paddle will take place at the confluence of the West and Connecticut rivers on May 25. Community members are invited to join the festivities on land or water by the Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring St. The Paddle begins at 7:30 p.m.
Community members are invited to join the paddle on May 25 by bringing their own boats and personal flotation devices to launch from the Marina Restaurant or they may rent a canoe or kayak for $20 from the Vermont Canoe Touring Center to use for the evening festivities. While the paddling event is free, we request that all participants register in order to anticipate volunteer needs.
VPL's Director Sara Coffey said, "We are delighted to be working such an imaginative and accomplished artist as Gowri Savoor and a strong community partner as the Connecticut River Conservancy to produce the first Confluence Paddle and build a deeper engagement and understanding of our watershed, and our shared responsibility to protect one of our most important public assets — our rivers."
"Connecticut River Conservancy is so pleased to be partnering with the Vermont Performance Lab in this event to light up our waterways," says River Steward Kathy Urffer. "This act of bringing light to our rivers helps to illuminate the value of clean water to our community and allows us to reflect on the peace we derive from our cherished local waterways."
The Confluence Project is spearheaded by Vermont Performance Lab and Windham Regional Commission and includes in-school artist residencies and a suite of public programs which are made possible with the collaboration of many community partners including: the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Connecticut River Conservancy, Green River Watershed Alliance, Marlboro College and the River Gallery School and three Windham County Schools: the Guilford Central School, Hilltop Montessori and the Marlboro Elementary School.
The in-school residencies and public programs are made possible with the help of our community partners and with support from the Fresh Sound Foundation, the High Meadows Fund, the Windham Foundation, The Thomas Thompson Trust, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, as well as the individuals and businesses that support VPL's Creation Fund and Community Engagement Circle.