One of the newly minted Teton County Lodging Tax’s funding recipients is Jackson Hole’s 2012 Fire Festival, a week-long acknowledgment and celebration of mountain cultures from around the world. The festival is described by organizers as a “solstice party of cultural and arts events, celebrating the natural world of our valley, Japanese-style.” June 14 – 20, 2012, Jackson’s community and its visitors may experience and take part in such activities as Japanese drumming, film screenings, festival markets and dance performances. Ooh, and sake tasting! The week’s finale is a torch lighted, street fair Japanese fire ceremony.
The Fire Festival is the brainchild of Candra Day, Vista 360’s executive director. Day’s discovery of the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival while studying Mt. Fuji. She was taken by that festival’s “relevance to life in Jackson Hole – a dazzling example ancient cultural traditions being preserved through community participation.” The celebration has become a valley summer favorite. Day couldn’t do it alone, however; Jackson’s festival is a collaboration of many local cultural groups and personalities. Some of this year’s events include a Haiku Poetry Project, the creation of an (not many really pretty links to origami websites, surprisingly!) Origami Garden, a Japanese-inspired Wishing Tree, performances by Contemporary Dance Wyoming, film screenings with sake tastings, parades and art exhibits.
The festival may still be looking for volunteers to help with these activities: Food & Drink booths, Info Booths, Artists & Craftspeople, Childrens’ Activities, Torch Maintenance (!!), Directing Traffic (!!!!!!!), Production/Stage set-ups and more.
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (JHWFF) is jumping in to a global film project, with the aim of portraying a day in the life of Jackson Hole. Around the world, filmmakers will document 24 hours in their daily life and communities, and if local filmmakers, performers, artists, educators—any and all creative types—join in, then Jackson can become a part of this around-the-world documentary time capsule. Together, all these films comprise the “One Day on Earth” project.
“We invited the project founder and director, Kyle Ruddick, to speak at TEDxJacksonHole and the Wildlife Film Festival, this past October,” says JHWFF’s Lisa Samford. “His talk inspired the participation of twelve local projects on 11.11.11.” Samford envisions documenting Jackson Hole in a way it’s never been before, with an “unprecedented 24-hour community effort.” Filmmakers—rookies and experts—can film Jacksonites dancing, making art, skiing the hell out our mountains, arguing about the Comp Plan (just kidding)—and potentially contrast all that energy with nature’s “quiet intricacies.” Many more details are available; for more information, or to borrow a DVD of “One Day on Earth” call 733-7016, or stop by the Wildlife Film Festival office at the Center for the Arts.
And another thing! The Jackson Hole Science Media Awards (extended entry deadline: June 15th, 2012) holds its symposium September 5-7th, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Awards honor “excellence and innovation in communicating the wonders of science with 17 program, content and craft award ceremonies.” For information, dial 307-733-7016.
Painter Kay Stratman, a participating artist in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Plein Air Festival (Saturday, June 16th), sends news that Horizon Gallery is hosting a show inspired by that paint out. Artists Stratman, Jill Hartley and Amy Poor will be on hand at Horizon during the afternoons of Friday, June 15th and Sunday, June 17th. All will be displaying new works.
“I have been painting furiously lately,” says Stratman. “Come and see what I have been up to! www.horizonfineartgallery.com