Hello to all the Children in Cheng Long Elementary School,
I am Jane, the Curator for the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, and I think most of you know me already because I come there with the international artists each year since 2010. I also came there one other time to make the paper birds art installation at the bird blind. That was really fun to work with many children and community people to make bird sculptures of paper and wire and paint them in bright colors to install around the bird blind. Some of these birds may still be there!
I am living in California now in the small city of Santa Rosa that is about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco. Everyone knows San Francisco because it is famous for its many steep hills and cable cars and also the Gold Rush of 1849 inAmerica’s West. There is a big Chinatown in San Francisco where many people of Chinese background live. You can find lots of good Chinese food here! We like to eat fish, shrimp, clams and crabs in the San Francisco area, and we can get lots of fresh seafood here. The bread in San Francisco is also very famous, and we like the special sour dough bread from San Francisco.
One of the environmental problems in the San Francisco area is about water pollution, and there are some rivers and bays that are polluted. People are trying to clean up the rivers and it is getting better, but in California and other parts of America we need to work more at preserving the water resources.
My husband Tim and I are living now in the same house with our daughter Jennifer and her two children, our grand daughters; one grand daughter is named Emily and she is 5 years old and goes to Kindergarten. The other grand daughter is named Sarah and she is 3 years old. They both like to talk on Skype, and we plan to do a Skype phone call with them so that Cheng Long children can say Hello to Emily and Sarah.
Some of you will remember my husband Tim with the big moustache! Tim will come with me to Cheng Long this year because he has retired from teaching English at the university in Taichung where we lived last year. He wants to help teach some English to the Cheng Long children while he is with me in Cheng Long. Tim will also take many photographs of the Cheng Long art project and help the artists too while he is there in Cheng Long.
My job as curator during the time the artists are there in Cheng Long is to help them make their works and see that everything goes smoothly. We hope that the artists and the children and the whole community will really have a good time again this year during the 2013 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.
In the next few Blog Posts, we will put up a Hello Message from each of the selected artists along with photos of each artist so that you can start to get to know them. They are all very excited about coming to work with you in Cheng Long and will be arriving there on April 11!
See you soon,