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Arte Útil archive nr:

503

Initiator:

Bonnie Ora Sherk

Location:

US

Category:

urban-development, environment, social

Users:

Bonnie Ora Sherk & Life Frames, Inc., (LFI), non-profit corporation, she founded and directs, is sponsor of A Living Library in diverse locales, with local residents and organizations, schools and students (PreK-18), government agencies, businesses and corporations, private foundations, others

Maintained by:

Life Frames, Inc., local staff with students and volunteers from each Branch Living Library & Think Park in diverse communities – locally and globally

Certification:

implemented

Duration:

1981 - ongoing

Bonnie Ora Sherk
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A Living Library

Description:

A Living Library, or A.L.L., for short, integrates linked systems - biological, cultural, technological - and incorporates local resources - to transform diverse public open spaces into place-based, ecological wonderlands and learning landscapes. Each resulting, site and situation-sensitive, Branch Living Library & Think Park, has integrated community programs, hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based curricula, and community-originated art and products, establishing the sites as vital, life-long learning magnets for the whole community, as well as adding to the economic and community vitality of each area, by greatly improving the public realm and creating a green, ecological, community resource.

Goals:

The mission is to develop site and culturally-sensitive, place-based, ecological designs for community transformation with integrated learning programs – locally and globally - with extensive community involvement, that incorporates resources of the area—human, ecological, economic, historic, technological, and aesthetic – seen through the lens of time – past, present, future. In each unique Branch Living Library & Think Park, students and caring adults focus on ecology, gardening, watersheds, literacy, multi-arts, technology, health, nutrition, youth leadership, and civic responsibility, amongst other subjects. A Goal is to link multiple Branches through sculptural, Green-Powered Digital Gateways, so we can share experience, and learn of different cultures and ecologies – near and far.

Beneficial Outcomes:

A.L.L. provides a powerful systemic framework, series of methodologies and strategies for transforming barren, under-used, or damaged public places into thriving, ecological, sustainable, and interactive, content-rich, learning landscapes. These resulting Green Centers for Community become lush environments where people of all ages learn about natural systems, integrated phenomena and subjects, by participating in research, planning, design, implementation, use, maintenance, management, and communications. With an established and growing, interconnected, international network of unique Branch Living Library & Think Parks - locally and globally - a meta-structure of diversity and commonalities is emerging, leading us towards a greater and more peaceful understanding of our planet and its inhabitants. A Living Library is Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden.

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