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you are [not] alone from Andrew Hong on Vimeo.

The first in a series of events for the social practice project “you are [not] alone” by Andrew Hong and Juliette Walker.

The piece explores the range of thoughts of the imminent future conceived by seniors in college on the brink of leaving the bubble of undergraduate life.

The project is supported by an Arts Inspiration grant from Elemental Arts.


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Permaculture Performance and Film

An exploration of permaculture principles through movement. Choreographed by Matthew Nelson and peformed by participants of the Permaculture Dance Project.

Two Mythological Birds

A site-specific dance performed by Claremont Colleges Students with Matthew Nelson, to music composed by Jordan Nelson and performed live by Clara Kim.

Permaculture Dance Project

A dance film that explores principles of sustainable design through the aesthetics of contemporary dance.  In an abstract, meditative, and uniquely informative visual journey the screen becomes a window to the fantastical and the concrete in motion–superimposing aspects of place, people, and purpose.


Matthew Nelson is a choreographer, dancer, and educator.  He began dancing as an undergraduate student at Pomona College, and now teaches dance at Willamette University in Oregon.  His research interests include spinal connectivity, somatic philosophy, and embodied ecology.  On the web at

Made possible by generous grants from the Mellon Elemental Arts Committee, and the Willamette University Center for Sustainable Communities.

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The Food Justice Film Series continues with this film about small, family farms and the misguided government enforcement that keeps them from providing safe, healthy food choices to their own communities.

Farmageddon – Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 25th, 7:00–8:30 pm. Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College.

Join us for a discussion after the film with Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis Program, and Samantha Meyer, Sustainability and Purchasing Coordinator for Dining Services.

The Food Justice Film Series is hosted by Elemental Arts, the Environmental Analysis Program of the Claremont Colleges, and Pomona College Dining Services.

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Busy week for Elemental Arts!

On Thursday, September 27th, Pomona College Museum’s Art After Hours will present five Elemental Arts Summer Research Projects.

Meanwhile, on the same night, at Rose Hills Theatre the Claremont Colleges Environmental Analysis Program will screen The Dark Side of Chocolate in collaboration with Pomona College Dining Services. Screening is sponsored by the Elemental Arts Initiative.

For more information please see the Diary page.

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Elemental Arts kicks off Year 2 theme, EARTH, with the site specific workshop and performance Chart of Landing with Oguri and Paul Chavez.

Chart of Landing is a dance series begun by the dancer/choreographer Oguri in 2011. It consists of site-specific-unspecific solos, duos, and ensemble dances in collaboration with musicians on commercial streets, in public parking lots, private sites, in front of train stations, etc…Pomona College is very excited to be hosting the next manifestation of Chart of Landing to kick off the 2012-2013 school year. As part of the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College which celebrates the element “earth” this year, the goal of this project is to explore the relationship between body and environment and to break the habitual boundaries we feel between our bodies and our surroundings. Chart of Landing at Pomona College will be performed by students, staff, and faculty directly following the convocation ceremony in Little Bridges. Music faculty, including organist William Peterson, will play compositions by Paul Chavez to accompany the dance.

In order to exploit the beauty of the architecture at the college, musicians and dancers will be located in and between three locations, and the music played in each location will be mixed and streamed into the Marston Quadrangle. This mix of music will also be simultaneously broadcast on the college radio station KSPC. The compositions have also been loosely inspired by the water-color Zen Ox-Herding Pictures of John Cage  that are being displayed at the Pomona College Museum of Art beginning also on September 4.

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Angeles National Forest


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ARCADIA, Calif.— On Thursday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hahn 101 building at 420 N. Harvard Ave.  Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711.  The Angeles National Forest will co-sponsor a free screening of a new film called Green Fire, the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.     The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the twentieth century and still inspires people today.

The film is part of the “Thinking Like A Watershed” film series presented by the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, and the Pomona College Environmental Analysis Program.    Green Fire is one of three films that will be shown during the screening.  Forest Service Film makers Ann and Steve Dunsky along with Forest staff will be on hand to talk about the movie and how watersheds are an integral part of the Angeles.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate.

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Symposium & Film Series on Watersheds, April 26th & 27th

Presented by the Elemental Arts Initiative and Environmental Analysis Program of the Claremont Colleges.

A two-day event on water and water resources that are right beneath us. Join us for a provocative set of documentaries that probe the politics and cultural meaning of watersheds, an essential feature of life in the American West. Meet some of the filmmakers who crafted these compelling films. And on Friday join an interdisciplinary discussion about the water beneath our feet.

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Thinking Like a Watershed: A Film Series
Thursday, April 26
PO Hahn 101

4:00 p.m. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold (filmmakers: Steve and Ann Dunsky)
co-sponsored with the USDA Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
6:00 p.m. Reception: food and conversation
7:00 p.m. Chasing Water, a short film on the Colorado River
7:30 p.m. Rock the Boat, on revitalizing the Los Angeles River
(filmmaker Thea Mercouffer)
9:00 p.m. Q&A

The Water Beneath Our Feet: A Symposium
Friday, April 27
PO Hahn 101
4:00 p.m.

Char Miller, Environmental Analysis Program (EA)
Robertjohn Knapp Seneca, Tubatulabal, Ohlone Ceremonial Leader
Trevor Bisset, EA’10 India Water Authority
Na’ama Schweitzer, EA’13
Martha Davis, Inland Empire Utility Agency
Ava Untermeyer, Dance’12

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Xolotl (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Theater for Young Audiences, a program funded by the Elemental Arts Initiative, brings together students from the Claremont Colleges and Fremont Academy (ages 12-15) in the city of Pomona. The students participate in a process of collaboration and discovery, writing and building a theatrical performance together.

This year Theater for Young Audiences is creating an original play based on the Aztec Legend of Axolotl, the Mexican Water Monster.

Having created the world four times, the gods decide to try one last time. This will require them all to make a sacrifice involving fire. One god, Xolotl, decides to hide in water, discovers he likes it, and eventually becomes Axolotl, a most unique salamander that has existed since Aztec times and is now facing extinction. The story is interwoven with students’ personal reflections and some facts about water sustainability in Pomona. It is a story of transformation, responsibility, and… monsters.

Performances are Thursday, March 22 @ 11:00am and 7:30pm in Seaver Theater. All performances are Free. Please see the entry in the Diary page for contact details.
(Running time is approx 40 minutes)

Theater for Young Audiences is a two-semester course in which students from the Claremont Colleges mentor students from Fremont Academy (ages 12 to 15) in the city of Pomona. Together, they work on building theater and communication skills and presenting a short play in mid-spring.


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