Through Heifer International, a world hunger and relief organization, high school students from around the country are educated about Heifer's mission, experience the Global Village, and create a performance piece through a series of guided exercises and workshops by an artistic staff.
The Global Village experience is the main catalyst for their creative work. For three days and two nights the students live in a simulation of one of three communities: Mozambique, Tibet or the Mississippi Delta. The students themselves come from a variety of backgrounds from foster children to highly affluent. No matter where they fall on the spectrum of backgrounds, walking in the shoes of the third world adds perspective to their lives. From that experience springs forth incredible reflections, lyrics, movement pieces and so much more.
Check out our blog http://heifertp2008.blogspot.com/ to see how this project progresses.
On a final note, each year we are always searching for artistic staff. I know Anthem and Victor expressed interest and they are on my radar, however, if anyone else is interested or would like more info...send me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!