A worldchanging eco-literacy program for
Utah's high schools and universities
a Broader Impacts Partner of:
National Science Foundation
Our mission is to communicate urgent climate science and core principles of ecology to Utah's young people, and connect them with local organizations who are working to create ecological and social sustainability in their own backyard.
A wave of eco-literate young people reshaping the cultural and physical landscape of Utah, and the planet, for the better.
Immediately following the assembly students encounter an informational fair featuring local organizations who are actively working to create ecological and social sustainability in their own backyard; this includes: non-profits, student clubs, city initiatives, community service groups, and colleges & universities with related programs of study.
Networking face-to-face with representatives from these organizations, students are invited to ground their vision of ecotopia in hands-on experiences of creating ecotopia in realtime.
Long after Ecotopia Now! has rolled on, student involvement with these organizations will be what nurtures their initial curiosity into a lifelong passion for sustainability.
Using technology from the award-winning San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival, all the electricity used for the assembly's sound system is generated entirely by students, who take turns pedaling generator bicycles in-place; harnessing their volunteerism and cooperation to create the power.
Their power amplifies an inspirational spectacle that features “whup music” from SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra (a 25-person troupe of musicians, singers, and dancers) alternated with 3-minute long theatrical vignettes, impact speeches, and poetry, communicating urgent climate science, and core principles of eco-literacy.
The assembly evokes the vision of “ecotopia” (a world of social and ecological sustainability), in a visceral, emotional, and unforgettable way.
SHAKE YOUR PEACE and The Whupestra
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra is an experimental musical theater company based in Salt Lake City, UT that immerses audiences in "whup" - a multicultural music, dance, and street theater style imbued with an ecotopian perspective. Whup music is featured on the forthcoming album: "Whup Music."
Gabe Dominguez - Director
Director Gabe Dominguez co-founded the critically lauded and award-winning Bicycle Music Festival in San Francisco. He has completed 7 bicycle-based music tours, and 3 walking-based music tours with his band SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, sharing a message of sustainability. He is the subject of a Velo Visionaries episode that has been featured at over a dozen film festivals.
courtney Isaiah Smith
Music Director, keyboards, choir
Courtney Lane Spaulding
theater, crew, coming soon...
marching bass drum
Katia pixie Racine
Ecotopia Now! is an educational musical theater assembly + informational fair, touring Utah high schools and colleges in 2020. The first tour rolls out April 20-24 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, followed by a second tour September 14-19, 2020. The program is estimated to reach approximately 30,000 high school and college students along Utah's Wasatch Front.
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Ecotopia Now! is an artistic production of
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra,
a Salt Lake City-based experimental musical theater company.
Ecotopia Now! is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3 charity. Please consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible donation:
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