Imagination and social change: call for participation around Nomkoo

Project Nomkoo invites the community to join Bliss Browne and Bon Gertz on Sunday August 8 from 2-5 pm at Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo) in front of the Bozeman Public Library. Through story telling, art activities and conversation, guests will have the opportunity to explore the power of imagination and creativity to inspire and effect change. Local amateur and professional artists are invited to bring your sketch pads, easels etc to express your vision of Nomkoo and sustainability. The community can see our local artists at work. This family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Bon Gertz, visiting from Hout Bay, South Africa is a deep ecologist and lover of nature and books. Former Assistant Director of the Central Library in South Africa, Bon was responsible for setting up much of the Provincial Library Service there. She is a good friend of Andries Botha, the artist who made Nomkhubulwane. Bon will be on hand to read elephant stories and to answer questions about South Africa. (She turns 80 on August 14 so wish her happy birthday!)

Bliss Browne is founder and President of Imagine Chicago and the mother of the global “Imagine” movement. She is the organizer of Nomkhubulwane’s national tour and a close friend of the elephant’s sculptor. Browne will lead the conversation about imagination and social change, a subject for which she is known all over the world. She has visited Bozeman many times as part of her close working relationship with Hopa Mountain.

Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo), a South African Ambassador for Sustainability, is a 1.3 ton 9’ tall elephant made of recycled tires and traveling internationally to raise awareness for issues of sustainability, conservation and environment. Project Nomkoo is a 6 month grass roots collaboration revolving around Nomkhubulwane’s August 4 – September 15 visit to Bozeman. Bozeman is one of only five US cities on her 2010 North American Tour. She will be standing in the front plaza of the Bozeman Public Library. Project Nomkoo works with community members, nonprofits, businesses and educators to utilize art, music, culture and community conversations to increase awareness and inspire commitments to live in a more respectful and sustainable manner.

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