Democracy Cafe – Youth In Action

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Democracy Cafe – Youth In Action
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We celebrated youth in action at our second Democracy Cafe, where 50 activists and artists of all ages gathered for a fun afternoon of art, music and politics. This community gathering took place at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, on February 18, 2018.

Participants created their own political signs, brainstormed ideas for a new art float, and sang-along a medley of songs for a better world with the Freedom Singers.

Young activists from Climate Our Generation and 360BayArea spoke about their environmental protection work, testifying about oil drilling with local and state governments, as well as protesting the new coal terminal in the Port of Oakland.

Featured performers included poet Klipschultz and musician Joel Hamilton, as well as singers/songwriters Matt Jaffe and Patrick Maley, who played a wonderful mix of personal and politically-minded songs. We are very grateful to them for inspiring us through their lovely music and poetry.

We love that so many young people participated in this event, and joined their voices, hearts and minds with our community. Their enthusiasm and creativity are our best hope for building a better world.

Many thanks to Dana Dworin, Suz Lipman, Craig Love and Gary Yost for recording this event with photos and videos. We are also very grateful to Carol Korenbrot, Bruce Mowery, Marilyn Price and Laurie Riley for organizing this event, to Jean Bolte, Natalie Frederick and Geo Monley for helping participants create political art, and to all the MVCAN members who supported this project.

Democracy Cafe is a series of free creative and civic events led by Fabrice Florin and a growing community of activists and artists in Marin. We think making art, playing music and talking with people of all ages and backgrounds can build mutual understanding and engage us to take meaningful political action together.

Join your neighbors to make political art and music — and keep democracy alive!

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Time Machine at Marinovators
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We presented our Time Machine at Marinovators 2017, an annual showcase for young makers in Marin County.

Our Time Machine was created by the Maker Art class taught by Fabrice Florin and Edward Janne at the Lycée Français in Sausalito in winter 2017. Our 4th and 5th graders designed and built their own scenes from the past, present and future — from the age of dinosaurs to the 50th century. This interactive art exhibit combines art, technology and storytelling — using Arduino, motions, lights and sounds.

Many of our students and their parents were on hand to demonstrate this innovative after-school project to dozens of visitors of all ages. Everyone seemed to enjoy their experience, and it was a great opportunity for the kids to get the recognition they deserve. This innovative after-school project helps children develop their creative and collaborative skills — and the confidence that they can help change the world.

We hosted this exhibit with Tam Makers, our makerspace in Mill Valley, where many of the artifacts for the Time Machine were fabricated, based on the children’s designs. We also invited visitors to make their own Tam Makers badges with LEDs, laser cut shapes, and color markers. They created some ingenious badges, and wore them proudly at the show.

It was a great way to celebrate art and science and encourage children to build a better world.

Marinovators took place on Saturday, April 22, from 10am to 3pm, at the College of Marin in Kentfield. Our Tam Makers booth was in Room #245 in the new Academic Center.

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