Facing the Frontlines with Matt Colaciello

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International field educator and storyteller, Matt Colaciello, connects people and ideas across national, ecological, and disciplinary borders through original performances, expert facilitation, and ongoing collaborations with communities all over the world. Come get inspired at this art opening and talk. Through portraits, sound, and film, experience the stories of artists, activists, and everyday people innovating on the frontlines of climate change in the Himalayas, Indian plains, and outer reaches of Southeast Asia.

The opening is on November 17th and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 with two short talks by Colaciello at 7:00 and 8:00.

Large and small high quality prints of portraits will be available for purchase. All proceeds go towards the development of social enterprises in the communities whose members are featured.

Entrance by donation.

Hosted by Babs' Lab, CoRK North.
PLEASE NOTE: Entrance to Babs'Lab is in the BACK of the building on Phyllis St. Look for the path right next to the palm tree.

Parking is permitted in the lot across the street. Do not expect to come in through the front entrance. THANKS!!!

About Matt Colaciello:

As a teenager here in the Jacksonville area, Matt decided to home school so that he could pursue his own educational path. At 16, he began traveling abroad and has never stopped. Today, he speaks five languages and has friends on five continents. Matt's firsthand experience as a student at large in the world instilled in him a passion for cross-cultural education.

Matt earned his B.A. in Communications from Northwestern University where he studied performance and human rights under D. Soyini Madison. During this time, he spent a year in the West African nation of Mali to train alongside the members of Troupe Don, a performance company that uses music, dance, and theater as media for popular education.

In 2008, Matt went to India for the first time to study in a monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, the place of the Buddha's enlightenment. This was the beginning of his enduring love for Buddhist philosophy and South Asian history, languages, and cultures.

In 2010, Matt was awarded the Global Engagement Fellowship from the Buffet Institute for Global Studies. This sent him to New Delhi, India, to spend a year working for the Navdanya Research Foundation, a grassroots NGO headed by environmental activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva. While working in New Delhi, Matt had the unique opportunity to collaborate with inspiring Indian youth as well as renowned leaders such as Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan.

From 2011 to 2015, Matt lead cultural immersion study abroad programs for American students in remote parts of India and Indonesia. During this time, he continued building relationships with scholars, innovators, educators, and youth working at the forefront of social and environmental movements.

Matt created The Global Workshop in November 2015 to serve as a platform for inspiring a new generation of compassionate, critically-engaged global citizens through multimedia storytelling, workshops, and travel.

Find out more about the Global Workshop here: http://www.theglobalworkshop.com