Transition Town Bedford: Student Poster Contest and Intergenerational Green Dance

Courtesy image from the Transition Towns Bedford Facebook page
Courtesy image from the Transition Towns Bedford Facebook page

Submitted by Transition Town Bedford

Transition Town Bedford asks students in grades 6 through 12 to consider what will our town be like fifty years from today, and to create a poster based on their idea.
Imagine that Bedford’s citizens will have led the way to make our community one that has transitioned to a world where quality of
life is better for everyone and the environment is healthier.What comes to mind: A local, green economy? Zero waste? Alternative energies? More sharing? Less consumption? Roof top gardens? Solar housing communities around public transportation? More bikes and accessible sidewalks? A high speed train to Boston run on green energy? A fundamental change in worldview that embraces interdependence?
Then, to celebrate local environmental enterprises – known as “green” initiatives – the Task Force is presenting a Green Dance on Saturday evening, May 17.

Poster Contest ~ Deadline 3 pm on Friday, May 9

What Bedford will look like 50 years from now is what Bedford students will ponder as they identify their individual vision of a sustainable Bedford in the year 2064 – the theme of the first annual Student Poster Contest on sustainability.

Winners of the poster contest, which is open to all Bedford students in grades 6-12, will be announced at the May 17th Green Dance to celebrate the many exciting green initiatives occurring in Bedford.  The dance will run from 7-10 pm at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great rd., and is open to the public.  The poster contest winners will be announced beginning at 7:45 pm.

Other contest rules include:

  • Poster dimensions MUST be 11 x 17 inches.
  • Only original artwork will be accepted.
  • Only one poster submission per student.
  • Students may work in 2-person teams; however the prize will be shared.
  • Posters must be hand-drawn on white paper.  Bright colors are recommended.
  • Any medium is allowed, except for pastel chalk.
  • High school-aged students may submit posters created in Adobe Illustrator, inDesign, Photoshop or any other comparable design software.

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Entries will be judged on originality, creativity of idea, and artistic expression in depicting Sustainable Bedford 2064.  Three cash prizes will be awarded in each of two categories:  Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

All submissions should include the student’s name, school, grade, mailing address, phone number and email address on the back of the poster.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 9 at 3 pm at the Main Circulation desk of the Bedford Library.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a Bedford entity which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Transition Towns Green Dance on May 17

The public is invited to celebrate local environmental enterprises – known as “green” initiatives, at Bedford’s first Green Dance, to be held Saturday, May 17, from 7-10 pm at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Rd. 

The Green Dance will feature events for the whole family.  From 7-7:45 pm, Nancy Griffiths of Kamate Fitness will lead a Young People’s Dance.  From 8-10 pm, there will be a Family Contra Dance with a Caller and contra dance instructions, so that everyone can participate.

A special feature of the event will be the announcement of the winners of the first annual Student Poster Contest reflecting “Sustainable Bedford 2064” as well as Bedford’s “Green Heroes.”  The award ceremony for both these winning groups will begin at 7:45 pm. 

The Green Dance organizer is Frances Bigda-Peyton, and is sponsored by Transition Town Bedford (TT-B), a group in which Bigda-Peyton has taken an active role for several years.  TT-B, whose mission is community resilience, has been involved in several initiatives aimed at promoting local food, encouraging local energy audits, and networking with other communities as part of Sustainable Middlesex.  TT-B’s most recent effort was to successfully encourage Bedford’s Selectmen to apply for a grant under the Solarize Mass program. 

Other sponsors of the Green Dance to date include the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee, the Bedford Bicycle Advisory Committee, BEST’s Green Committee, the Environmental Task Force, the Bedford Conservation Commission, the First Parish Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee, the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, the Bedford Garden Club, the Bedford High Social Studies Department and the First Church of Christ, Congregational.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, the Bedford committee which receives and distributes funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 


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