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Jun 25,2017: Exhibition

During the 20th century, the society and visual culture of people living along the steep, rocky Bandiagara escarpment in present-day Mali captured the imagination of Europeans and Americans. The Dogon—as they have come to be known through a large corpus of colonial literature, ethnographic fieldwork, exhibitions, films, and tour guides—occupy a prominent position in the West’s history of the African continent. They are internationally celebrated for their dynamic performances of surreal masks, deftly carved figural sculptures, iconic architecture, and rich cosmology.

ReCollecting Dogon showcases over 25 examples of artistry from the Bandiagara region acquired by John and Dominique de Menil during the mid-20th century. The sculptures, masks, necklaces, and other works by “unknown” artists not only suggest the significance of art to daily life among Dogon peoples, they evoke formidable legacies of colonialism and the limitations of representing Dogon peoples through objects collected by and for foreigners. Curated by Paul R. Davis, ReCollecting Dogon strives to destabilize the authority of ethnographic display by including 1930s ethnographic audio recordings simulated by Marcel Griaule, photographs of artworks taken by Walker Evans (1935) and Mario Carrieri (1976), and other archival works that recall the long history of encounters and transactions shaping current understanding of Dogon peoples. Recently commissioned masks, videos by Sérou Dolo of recent masking events, and contemporary works by artists Amahigueré Dolo and Alaye Kene Atô present vibrant, living visual culture and serve as counterpoints to historical representations Dogon peoples.

The exhibition features significant loans from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Musée National du Mali in Bamako; the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Musée de l’Homme Audio Archives in Paris; The African Center and private collections in New York City; and participating Malian artist Amahigueré Dolo.

This exhibition is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support comes from the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston; Clare Casademont and Michael Metz; Janet and Paul Hobby; Susan and Francois de Menil; Franci Neely; and the City of Houston.

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Earth Talk: Reducing Carbon Footprint With Gamification

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints? — LM

Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something…so as to encourage participation”—to get people to learn about environmental problems and take action to reduce their carbon footprints and overall impact.

To wit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ecoresearch.net and the DecareboNet research project have partnered on a “game” called Climate Challenge that gets everyday people to pit their predictions about climate change and its effects against the opinions of experts around the world in an effort to see if the “wisdom of the crowd” can come up with answers faster than the experts alone.

Players are encouraged to research answers to questions about things like annual Arctic Sea Ice minimum coverage or the monthly average global surface temperature before submitting their answers. According to Climate Challenge creators, it’s not cheating to research to find the best answers; indeed, it’s the goal.

Players can come back every month for new questions, and see how they are doing compared to experts, friends, and even the collective “crowd”—and can win prizes by guessing closest to the actual value for a given question each month.

Another game focused on educating people about climate change is EduCycle, from Finnish game designer Neste. The free augmented reality (AR) app encourages players to design a city’s transportation, buildings and farms while cutting greenhouse gas emissions to levels specified under the 2015 Paris climate accord. “By simulating the carbon cycle in real life,” Neste maintains, “the game teaches kids and adults about the effects of global warming.”

Save Ohno is a creative take on gamification for the sake of the climate, courtesy of concerned college student Dylan Husted. The main character in the free online game is Ohno, who represents the player’s great granddaughter and is impacted by climate change in the future thanks to our actions and behaviors today. On the game’s SaveOhno.org website, players can see Ohno’s town get destroyed by extreme weather. But when players take positive action in the real world, the conditions in Ohno’s online (future) town improve accordingly.

Players can improve Ohno’s world by following tasks suggested within the game, and can also plug in real world campaigns and activism they are involved with to improve Ohno’s town. “An example ‘campaign’ could be a petition to get your local school to invest in renewables,” says Husted.

Meanwhile, World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise whereby groups can take part in mock United Nations climate negotiations and learn what it’s like to work with others to craft global environmental policy. The game uses an interactive computer model that allows participants to find out how their proposed policies impact global climate in real-time. All the tools and materials for the World Climate Simulation are available for free and multiple languages are supported.

CONTACTS: Climate Challenge, www.ecoresearch.net/climate-challenge; EduCycle, www.neste.com/preorderthefuture; Save Ohno, www.saveohno.org; World Climate Simulation, www.climateinteractive.org/programs/world-climate.

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

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Jun 24,2017: Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Year Round
Saturdays, 8am – 12pm

Location: 3000 Richmond, in the back parking lot behind the office building.

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Sanchez Energy sells 21,000 acres of Eagle Ford land

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Jun 24,2017: Preschoolers hosting philanthropic fundraiser on 6/24 for 9-year-old boy in need of kidney transplant 

 

The Learning Experience® the nation’s fastest growing Academy of Early Education for children six weeks to six years old, in Magnolia will be hosting a community fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at 33043 Egypt Lane in Magnolia. 

As part of the Academy’s one-of-a-kind philanthropy curriculum aimed towards lessons of selflessness, The Learning Experience in Magnolia is inviting all neighboring communities to attend the event aimed at raising awareness and donations for nine-year-old Brayden Russell, the son of Mrs. Nina Russell, an infant teacher at the center, who suffers from chronic kidney disease and is in need of a transplant. 


Additionally, the day’s activities will feature numerous booths in the center’s parking lot with boutique items for sale, a silent auction that will include donated baskets from families and friends in the community, as well as refreshments on sale. All proceeds will be going directly to the Russell family. 

 

About The Learning Experience®

The Learning Experience® is the nation’s fastest growing Academy of Early Education for children ages six weeks to six years old. With a greater national emphasis on educational development during the most crucial years of a child’s growth, The Learning Experience places a prominent focus on programs that advance scholastic preparation. The Learning Experience prepares children academically and socially via innovative scholastic and enrichment programs such as the L.E.A.P.® curriculum, a cutting-edge proprietary approach to learning which has 9 out of 10 of its children entering Kindergarten already reading. To complement the academic curriculum, The Learning Experience utilizes various enrichment programs crucial to advancing learning and overall balance, such as philanthropy, Yippee 4 Yoga™, Music 4 Me®, Movin’ N Groovin’®, manners and etiquette, and foreign language.

 

For more information, please visit www.thelearningexperience.com.

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