Art and Nature are Valuable Community Assets

November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

On a trip to Canada to attend Canon Envirothon I was delighted to experience how a community integrated nature and art in a wonderful way.

The small town of Sackville, New Brunswick has posted the lines of a poem on telephone polls along two streets that lead from downtown to the highway, near Mount Allison University. As you walk along you can also see the Sackville Waterfowl Park. 

Douglas Lochhead, the town’s poet laureate, wrote about the nearby salt marsh. The poem featured on the poles is On The High Marsh Road, which won the prestigious Carlo Betocchi International Poetry Prize. He was the first non-Italian to win the prize.  Sackville not only honored its native son but shared a connection of art and nature with its citizens.

It was wonderful  to have a large park nearby teaming with wildlife. Preserving natural space and making it accessible is a valuable community asset. Going beyond that to integrate art and nature is an aspiration other communities should continue to invest in. 

-Rebecca

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