Students to get visit from environmentalist, astronaut at Compass Center

Monday, April 1—BRANDON— Acclaimed environmental artist Pat Musick and husband Jerry Carr, former astronaut, will visit the Human Connections installation project at the Compass Music and Arts Center, April 1.

Two years ago the Compass Center hosted an art workshop involving 1,000 children and young people from all schools in the Rutland North East Supervisory Union (RNESU) region. The project, “THINK!,” involved youngsters working collaboratively to create a Sumi art exhibit which completely filled the walls and spaces of the Compass Center. It was a mammoth and ambitious project but thanks to the talented art teachers that work with the schools and the commitment of school staff, the project was a success and an amazing experience for everyone involved. The exhibit remained in the Compass Center for a month and then travelled to Castleton and then on to Burlington gaining further acclaim for its brilliance.

This year the Compass Center announced that a sculpture project involving about 600 fifth and sixth grade students and middle and high school students started March 18 at Compass Center, and will span three weeks. The students involved are spending time focusing on the theme of Human Connections, creating sculptures and working collaboratively with their peers and older students testing their ideas and creativity.

Pat Musick, acclaimed environmental artist and her husband Jerry Carr, former astronaut and now the engineer supporting Pat Musick’s installation artworks, on learning about the project, kindly agreed to come and visit with the students on April 1 at the Compass Center. Musick’s work is in over 100 public and private collections in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Musick’s installations are to be found country wide and she is well known for her work, “Our Fragile Home” inspired by the words astronauts use when they describe how they feel when viewing the earth from space.

Compass Center is located in Park Village, on Arnold District Road off Route 7 in Brandon.

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