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Please Scroll down and you will see 5 different Teams: Coral, Green, Purple, Turquoise, and Yellow.
You will find information about the team and possible notes from their environmental partner. You will also see a Craft, 2 flags and a chant. Please vote on for your favorite craft. We encourage you to go to the Borderless Arts Tennessee Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BorderlessArtsTN/ and find the team there and vote. However, if you do not have Facebook, you may send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and cast your votes.
Votes are accepted from 9:30am-1pm.
These participants worked in teams with a professional artist and with environmental partners to create pieces of nautical art in various mediums that have a water conservation message. These Water Warriors have used their creativity and ingenuity to forge ahead by taking a project meant for the water to the Web.
This project is designed to teach our participants new art skills, build team work and create community engagement for individuals with and without disabilities through the arts while raising awareness about an important issue.
Special Thanks to MTSU Intern to Borderless Arts who helped coordinate this project: Hayley Hildner
Special Thanks to MTSU Intern to Borderless Arts who helped promote this project: Emily Garrett
Special Thanks to our judges that are selecting the Most Creative and Best Conservation Themed Crafts as well as the top flags and chants:
Mark Henry, Borderless Arts Board Treasurer
Christian Kissinger, Borderless Arts Board and represents PCG
Rachael Morrison, 4th grade teacher
This project is in partnership with:
First Place Trophy, Gallatin Lowes’, Green Village Recycling, Hendersonville Parks and Recreation, Imagination Branding, MTSU EXL program, Tennessee Environmental Council, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, Turnip Green, USCG Aux, UT Extension, Sumner County
The Memorial Foundation and First Horizon
With additional support from:
Mark and Niki Antonini, Lori Crues, Know the Hope, Alice Markham, Lee and Delores Markham, Becky Morgan, Don and Karen Perry, Robin Summers, and Jennifer VanVoorst
This team is led by artist Ren Maheu with an environmental partner of UT Extension of Sumner County.
Team Members include: Christian Brann, Adam Boyd, Isabella Orozco-Clementz, Jake Evens, Tate Foster, Brianna Judd, Ann Krafft, Tyson Ramsey, Abanob Sergeyous, Wanda Sowell and Jax Wiggins.
Coral Team Craft
Coral Team MTSU Chant
Paper straws or plastic straws both are a waste
Let’s save some water with something that outdates
They take the cake
We can save the turtles and keep our water great!
Coral Borderless Arts Chant
Coral MTSU Team Flag
Coral Team Borderless Arts Flag
This team is led by artist Dee Kimbrell with an environmental partner of Green Village Recycling & Sustainability.
Team Members include: Ruby Alkhiyami, Duryea Bentley, Kennedi Douglas, Kaelyn Giles, Sarah Khader, Jon Pfieffer, Jimmy Quach, Leandra Rudd, Torie Summers, Treasa Vallomthail, Hunter VandeKamp, Martina Younan
Green Team Craft
Here is a brief video about the project https://youtu.be/CQ3-C3G6kEk
Green Team’s Conservation Message and title of project: “Under the Sea: Clean water for you and me!”
This is Green Team’s entry into the 2020 Water Warriors Digital Competition. Green team decided on using a turtle for our mascot as sea turtles have suffered tremendously from polluted waters. All of the materials in this craft are materials that, sadly, can be found in polluted waterways and all are reused materials: inner tubes, a recycled sled, leftover insulation board, recycled wire and bottle caps. Collaboration happen even while social distancing! Three families worked in isolation on this project: one created the base, one created the turtle and one created the trash garland and put it all together. GO GREEN TEAM!!
Green Team MTSU Chant
Clean oceans is what we want;
That is what we flaunt;
We will keep trying until we are there;
We are not going anywhere;
Last thing I will foresee;
Is the Green Team will save the sea.
Go Green Team
Green Team Borderless Arts Chant
“Swim to the left,
Swim to the right,
Our sea turtle will
Fight, fight, fight!”
“For clean oceans and seas,
We’re in this together,
You and Me.”
MTSU Green Team Flag
Green Team Borderless Arts Flag
Statement from Environmental Partner
A message from the Environmental Partner: https://youtu.be/WhrxmPZc3NM
This team is led by artist Monica Leister with an environmental partner of Lowes’ Home Improvement of Gallatin.
Team Members include: Hampton Hoover, Andres Lopez, Lizzie Markham, Erica McMurray, Jose Ochoa, Maggie Perry, Daniel Pugh, Collin Ransom, Marc Robbins, Kay Singleton, Alyse Verttar
Purple Team Craft
This is a Stop Motion Video. Please view here: https://youtu.be/0zvxBdPFP_M
Purple Team MTSU Chant
“Water Conservation and Preservation for the Future Generation”
Purple Team Borderless Arts Chant
Down with the nasty water! Save our sassy otters!
Purple Team MTSU Flag
Purple Team Borderless Arts Flag
This Team is led by artist Amy Smart with an environmental partner of Tennessee Environmental Council.
Team Members include: Abby Finch, Trevor Holden, Austin King, Stas McConkey, Chris Moody, Claire Rader, Beverly Raudy, Jennifer Scallorn, Langston Smart, Noah Torian, Morgan Vice.
Turquoise Team Craft
” This 3 1/2 foot long boat, constructed of 146 discarded plastic drink bottles, was inspired by both the large Canada Goose population and the large amount of plastic debris found on Tennessee’s waterways; hence our slogan of “Don’t be a Goose, Keep Your Trash From Getting Loose!”.
Turquoise Team Chant:
Don’t Be a Goose
Keep Your Trash From Getting Loose.
Turquoise Team Borderless Arts Chant
Turquoise Team Is The Dream
Water Warriors Reign Supreme
Being Smart Saves Our Waves
Being Smart Saves The Day
Turquoise Team MTSU Flag
Turquoise Team Borderless Arts Flag
Statement from The Environmental Partner
Tennessee Environmental Council
Our Mission: Educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health.
Our Vision: A Tennessee that embraces natural resources as the backbone of our communities, economy and quality of life for all present and future generations.
Tennessee has over 60,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 75,000 acres of lakes that source our domestic, agricultural and industrial water supply1. We all live in a watershed and when we take care of the watershed, rivers and streams, we are rewarded by cleaner drinking water, better recreational opportunities, healthier fish, and a better environment and economy. The Council’s Watershed Support Center, works with local communities to educate, conserve and restore the health of Tennessee’s watersheds, including healthy urban and rural forests, for people, plants and animals. Check out our downloadable watershed guidebook- the “Citizen Action Guide for Watershed Restoration.”
The most recent watershed data about Tennessee shows that more than half of our state’s rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are impaired, or in poor biological health. These waters are the source of our drinking water supplies, and where we go fishing, float, swim and irrigate our crops.
Our Watershed Support program engages communities in watershed health and provides services to reduce flooding and improve and conserve Tennessee’s drinking water supplies. These goals are achieved through education, installation of green infrastructure including revegetating stream banks with native trees and grasses and installing and maintaining rain gardens.
This Team is led by artist Carlos Calderon with an environmental partner of Tennessee Wildlife Resources.
Team Members include: Maria Hite, Jeshuva Keophilawanh, Hope McKee, Thomais Moshopoulos, Benit Munendi, Christina Sayaboun, Logan Stepp, Angela Sysourath, Ben Onyekwelu, William Vaughan, Brent Williamson, Kalealani
Yellow Team Craft
Our mission is to raise awareness for the water crisis plaguing the Navajo community that relies heavily on its water system it is constantly overused and or polluted which is a detriment to the nation. With raising such awareness, it gives the Navajo Nation a voice in the time of crisis as it isn’t publicized as much today as important news. The Navajo people is respected nation that needs help from the community in order to help fix this water crisis that they are unfortunately going through. Borderless Arts, TN helps us through Water Warriors to achieve said goal and helps us build closer bonds with special needs individuals who can also assist through the process of raising such awareness.
Our Vision is to grow as individuals through the learning experience and helping of those in need. Not only does the project reinforce our future as individuals but as a team as well. This has taught us how to corporate as a team as well as the responsibilities of being part of a team. It has also led us to see the benefits of helping others who don’t have the luxury of have easy access water. Borderless Art, TN has given us the opportunity to grow and reinforce good habits and lessons that will stick with our team forever.
Yellow Team MTSU Chant
“Hey Hey Ho Ho water pollution has got to go,
Go sun tribe, hey hey, go sun tribe hey hey!
Hey hey ho ho water conservation is a go,
Go sun tribe, Hey hey, go sun tribe hey hey!
Hey hey ho ho Potable water for the Navajo
Go sun tribe hey hey, go sun tribe, hey hey!”
“Keep it clean, Keep it fresh
Don’t make the earth a mess
The Navajo need H2O
Water is the way to go!”
Yellow Team Borderless Arts Chant
Yellow Team MTSU Flag
Yellow Team Borderless Arts Flag
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