|Submission Date||Dec. 1, 2016|
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Director, Center for Community Partnerships
Center for Community Partnerships
Wesleyan has established an official partner chapter of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. A student in a paid position, as well as student volunteers, have maintained a campus chapter for over five years. WesCFPA plans hikes for Wesleyan and the local community, does trail maintenance work, leads hikes for local students, sets up events such as film screenings and lectures to raise awareness on key environmental issues, and creates video podcasts that the CFPA will use to educate their members.
The student group Middletown Urban Gardens is a group of Wesleyan students and Middletown residents who are interested in working at and creating school and community gardens in the larger Middletown community. Through working with the North End Action Team, Macdonough School, and other groups devoted to working in Middletown, we work to create a green “revolution” and produce food for the community. MUG utilizes garden work days and celebrations as community-building tools, linking Wesleyan students, Middletown residents, and others in the surrounding area. The group manages a garden education program at Macdonough School and co-manages several community gardens.
Beginning in 2015, Wesleyan led the planning and creation of an annual festival at Middletown's waterfront. Each year, Wesleyan has hired a festival coordinator, who has organized this festival via a planning committee with representatives from Wesleyan, the City, Middlesex Community College, and the community.
Wesleyan contributed significantly to the financing of this event with campus funds as well as Wesleyan Green Fund support, with additional funding from the State of Connecticut, City of Middletown, and foundations. The festival features live music, visual art installations, plein air painters, a kids' activity zone, environmental education exhibits, a craft fair and farmer's market, all designed to bring the community closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River.
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