The internationally traveled DANCE MONKS established our Nature and Arts Program in the year 2000 in response to the deep-seated modern need for children to reconnect physically and imaginatively to Nature through immersive experience. Founding directors, Mirah Kellc Moriarty (MFA in Dance/BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Education) and Rodrigo Esteva (Award-winning Mexican artist and bi-lingual teacher), have drawn from thirty+ years of experience working with children of all ages in public and private schools as teachers and parents to create this interdisciplinary program.
Nature and Arts is a hybrid between child-led explorations and experiential artist-led experiences. A typical day includes supported immersive outdoor play, story telling with mythology from around the world and creative movement practices. The focus is on supporting children to stay connected to and strengthen their own unique vibrancy, learn self-care skills and co-create a culture of kindness in relationship with one another and the Natural world.
Our past youth environmental performance projects include: The Great Dreamer (Malcolm X in Berkeley), The Green Project: Rain Dances (Highland Elementary School in Richmond), The Green Project: Wild Child and other Tales of the Tall Trees (Berkeley Arts Magnet), The Green Project: Bike Tour (Bay Area), Madrid School (Mexico City) and Conversaciones con Arboles, (Nayarit Mexico). The Green Projects were made possible by thanks to The Open Circle Foundation (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013) and The Zellerbach Family Foundation (2007 & 2016). DANCE MONKS is a proud supporter of the Children and Nature Network.