BREAKING BARRIERS

Last week we produced our third happening, Red Rover, Red Rover. We had lofty plans of playing a more subdued version of the classic playground game. Instead of running, we walked. Instead of breaking through a chain of arms, students asked questions. We served Go! ice Cream. It had all the makings of a memorable day. It was indeed memorable, because it was a bit chilly and blustery and too cold for ice cream, the kids said. The sunny skies we had experienced the days leading up to the event were nowhere to be seen.

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But the students made the experience their own. An intrepid family of four showed up to play with us and our students were plenty excited to include them as part of the strategizing of who to call over. Riddles were asked and adults were duped.

And, Concentrate Media showed up to cover the event. We are really grateful that they see the value in sharing our efforts with the world.

The next couple events are big stakes. The first is in early June on a Saturday. The students will take their first trip as Y-Fi to downtown Ann Arbor to do a walking tour of landmarks where we’ll create signage and documentation moments, all in line with the sentiments of fear and boundary-breaking we’ve been talking about.

Then after that I’m really excited to share that Y-Fi was invited to perform in the center tent of Ann Arbor Summer Festival on July 3rd! There will be lots more details to share but for now, we have a lot of production preparation ahead of us. Fingers crossed!

Y-Fi student artists strategize with members of the community on who to call over next.

Y-Fi student artists strategize with members of the community on who to call over next.