Voices From The Land

The Voices from the Land (Voices) project is an exploration and celebration of oral and written language… of science, art, performance and the human imagination. 
Voices projects can be done with people of all ages and abilities, in any landscape, with any language. 

Voices projects begin as teams (3-4 persons per team) explore the character of a local landscape:  a forest, meadow, stream, beach or other natural site.  Teams can be made of same or mixed-age groups.  Each team selects a part of the natural site that is special to them.  They gather natural materials to work with on-site:  leaves, sticks, ice, snow, mud, stone, sand, pine cones, acorns, etc.  As teams create art from these materials, they use color, shape, light, pattern and the landscape to discover the simple miracles of everyday life… and the fragile relationship between people, nature and the passage of time.

In the Voices process, participants can:

  • Explore and discover a local landscape
  • Create and photograph art made from natural materials
  • Write poetry or prose that gives “voice” to their art, language, experience, and culture.
  • Use technology to design books/posters of their art and poetry.
  • Publish their work and share it with others.
  • Use dramatic arts to create performance from art and poetry.

Voices from the Land projects have been implemented in preschool through secondary level classrooms… with students of average, gifted or special needs… in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Italy, Romania, Latvia, and New Zealand.

We normally bring Voices to a new area by training teachers or other adults at a 2-day ‘Voices from the Land’ workshop.  Sometimes we work directly with groups of students or children.  We can customize a Voices experience to your needs. 

Some organizations we have worked with include: Columbia University (Teacher’s College) [NYC], Duke Farms [NJ], October Hill Foundation, William Paterson University [NJ], West Texas A&M University [TX], Bergen Community College [NJ], Urban Promise [NJ], Education Service Center Region 16 [TX], The Walden Woods Project [MA], Fairfax County Schools [VA], Bluewater District School Board [ON], Emiliano Zapata Salazar School, Chiapas [Mexico], Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge [NJ], Heartland AEA [IA], Springmill Learning Center [OH], Community Nursery School [MA], Niabe Zoo [IL], European Union Project with schools in Turkey, Romania, Spain, Poland, Italy, and Latvia.

To Learn more or to set-up a Voices workshop near you: contact Erik Mollenhauer emollen213@gmail.com 856.381.9230 or Brian Hayes bkhayesoutdoors@gmail.com  Phone: 856.649.8723.