So impressed by our friends at play:ground - the incredible team of playworkers, alternative educators, performers, historians and parents who've established a true junk playground in New York City.
Check out the New York Times coverage here.
We wish the team a fruitful summer rich in play and can't wait to hear your reflections at the season's end. Bring on the kids!
The front page of the Business section in this Friday's New York Times hosted two articles tying work, play and family together closely. In Sweden... an experiment enforced a 6-hour work day for workers with no pay cut. The results showed increased productivity for the company due to well rested, happier workers. These workers frequently cited quality time with their families as the most rejuvenating outcome of the change. Not to mention the benefits for the children who had meaningful connection with well rested parents.
Meanwhile retirees in the US are finding it harder to let their work lives go... completely. These retirees attempt to balance paid work with volunteer contributions in their communities and build connections with grandchildren.
Often work and play are presented as opposites when in fact they are more like cousins, sisters. Playworker and scholar Brian Sutton-Smith said, "the opposite of play is depression." Self-directed time and space is valuable and healthful for the individual and the society and should be enabled, across the lifespan.
Join us in supporting a new adventure playground in New York City! Play:ground's adventure playground at Governor's Island will serve thousands of local children and be a model for countless American cities. Wondering how to get an APG in your community? This helps! Normalizing free play and supporting a standard of professionalism for playworkers is a piece of our shared pie:
Our film THE LAND was launched through a successful kickstarter campaign and we know first hand how small pledges of support from $1, $5, $10, $100 -- whatever you can give -- MAKE the difference.
We believe in and support play:ground and hope you will too! Pledge today and play on!
We are proud to announce our upcoming screenings with AFI Docs in Washington, D.C.!
Friday June 19, 12:15p
Sunday June 21, 7:00p
Tickets available now!
We are thrilled to have our New York premiere with Rooftop Films! Outdoor screenings all Summer long. See you opening night for "This Is What We Mean by Short Films!"
FRIDAY MAY 29, 8:00pm
(North Roof & South Roof)
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St
Home again after a dreamy weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival sharing The Land and marveling over the incredible docs this year. It was such an honor to be included.
My eternal thanks to the children and families of Plas Madoc and the staff and supporters of The Land adventure playground, especially Claire Griffiths, David Bullough, Luke Sutton, Nicola Milburn, Natalie Sear & Aaron Jones.
And heartfelt thanks to the incredible filmmaking team: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Liz Cambron, Erick Stoll, Eric Risher & Jim Klein.
One more special shout out to the INCREDIBLE audiences at Full Frame who traveled from near and far! Thank you for your energy and questions. Play on!