Recent Press/Testimonials

 
 

Artists, skilled in conveying ideas through the senses, can have an influential role in shaping public opinion about climate change. When engaging with the arts, “people expect to be in the realm of their emotions and of mystery and metaphor, and this is fertile ground for planting seeds of change”, notes mezzo-soprano and theatre producer Miranda Loud, who founded the multimedia arts group NatureStage near Boston, MA.

  1. -Quoted in the UK Journal Nature



“The arts give us an excuse to slow down. They provide a forum for new ways of listening and learning. They inspire us, they can make us laugh and delight us and, when focused on nature, they can cause a huge longing in us which leads to curiosity beyond the concert hall.”


- Interview with journalist/futurist Sanjay Khanna, May 2006

 

About Loud’s multi-media presentation, Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Art in Social Change...Loud combines her passion with compassion to heighten understanding of our inter-connectedness with other species and to motivate us to action. She will detail the plight of Asian elephants and share how their situation provides a powerful mirror for humans. She will discuss ways to foster empathy and meet the challenges that need to be overcome in building a socially just world. Further, she will ask us to think about the essence of power and the necessity of shifting our current paradigm.

Press Release for Dorothy Stang Center Speaker Series in Social and Environmental Justice (Lead Speaker)

“Thanks for being the inspiration to follow my heart with action.”

Audience member at Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of the Arts in Social Change at Notre Dame de Namur who is handing out fliers about elephant issues at current screenings of Water for Elephants.


‘Chaconne: Dance of Friendship’ is a poignant, beautifully-told story.

I watched it several times...

Professor in Ethics and Animal Studies, University of Redlands, CA


“That two-minute clip that Miranda showed us sent me scurrying to alternative history sources to start reading. She ignited a fire under my apathy...”


“It was the perfect example of the connections between empathy education, arts, and respect for all animals including humans. Also, I loved her energy, whimsy, and compassion.  Her talk flew by.” 

Audience members at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA, March 22.



“From a presentation of grace and power, I came away sobered but uplifted”

Professor of Biology, University of Redlands, CA, March 2011

Testimonials From Miranda’s Multi-Media Presentation,

Saving the Elephants, Savings Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change

Winter/Spring 2011

A multi-media presentation by Miranda Loud to inspire acting on one’s beliefs, learning from elephants and better understanding human nature, questioning the status quo through artistic involvement and keeping arts in the schools to counter consumerism and corporate-controlled culture. Loud makes a strong case for how humanity’s new role as global stewards must be grounded in an empathy based on understanding animal sensitivities and sense of kinship with non-human animals. Her work is heart-centered as well as highly informative and based on current research from psychology, sociology and ethics to issues of social justice, and art as a crucial mode of fostering human creativity aligned with the heart to envision new systems that work for more people as well as the other species on the planet.

“...let’s teach elephantine power - soft power, the power of gracefulness, dignity, deep listening, community richness. Let’s care for the young in our midst with our lives as elephants do with their young, encircling them, and protecting them like treasure.” from Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change.

Endorsements of Miranda’s Work and Vision for NatureStage



Last night's program was fantastic!

I particularly loved Dance of Friendship.  But they are all terrific. Can't wait to see Where the Heart Leads when it's done.     -

Sy Montgomery, Novelist and Nature Writer, Radio Commentator


Very eye and spirit-opening presentation.         J. Snider, Physicist


This is brilliant and needs to be shared worldwide.             R. Farrin    Image Gazer Production Film Festival Co-Director


You are inspiring.         J. Arias, Filmmaker


A wonderful project - beautifully filmed.         T. Segal


Fantastic! These films will go far.       C. Doggart


I love the segment where the elephants dance - such common/similar motions as us humans. So very graceful.      -S. Roberts, Artist


Great job bringing awareness and educating.            N. Ceriatti-Ayers, Educator


I found the film Dance of Friendship incredibly moving and loved the synchronized trunk movement to music.     -C. Dery, Elementary School Teacher


As a novelist and former organist I appreciate the combination of art and ecology that the footage of these beautiful films represent. I wish you all the good fortune in the world with your project.        -E. Lincoln Morse, Novelist


Thank you so much. Very inspiring. The Elephant Dream film is very very effective.  S. Kane.

“Wonderful vision. Dignity, indeed.”


“Blew my mind.”

From John Angier, co-founder of NOVA, producer of Scientific Frontiers

 

If Miranda were just another aspiring filmmaker I would not be writing this.  The world has thousands of them, more than enough actually.  No, Miranda is an entirely original artist. She's worked with film, dance, vocal and instrumental music, poetry and speech, in various permutations and combinations, but the basic ambition remains the same: to mirror the interdependence of people and nature in combinations of art forms.  These are not conventional works, but they seek the gift of all art, and that is to provide the audience a deep and emotional understanding of our place in the world. 


From Sanjay Khanna,

Futurist, Journalist for Reuters, Nature, Huffington Post

Co-Founder of Resilient People and Climate Change

 

Since getting to know Miranda¹s work two years ago and being invited one year ago to be part of the advisory board for The Elephant Project, I’ve seen her work embed ethical dimensions into non-coercive, creatively driven, highly collaborative, award-winning artistic projects. Her most recent projects, The Elephant Project and Elephantasia, provides an ambitious and encompassing approach that links human beings with analogues in the natural world. The series of 20 short films that she is creating express biological, socio-cultural, and socioeconomic realities holistically, without judgment, in the spirit of bearing witness and taking action in support of elephants and their human counterparts. The educational elements of the project are critical to its fruition, as are the films’ reflective approaches.  

Press Coverage/Interviews

Comments from the Summer 2010 Work-in-Progress Tour around New England


Quotes by Miranda

I really enjoyed the visit by Miranda Loud. Thank you for your efforts to bring her here.  There is a strong link between her work, animal behavior, and environmental studies. The videos about the bees and the elephants are both interesting and intended to spread compassion and awareness about other creatures, which is needed in both fields. She also highlights the role that human societies play in regards to both of these animals (American farmers and the increasing pressure to use pesticides, to the detriment of pollinators, as well as the effects of the logging and tourism industry on elephants in Thailand.) The connection between human societies and the environment is a key feature of the environmental studies degree, so her work was very applicable.  It seems to me that many scientists stay within the realm of academia and rarely branch out to the public sphere. (Except for a few magazine like Science and the like.)  As an artist, she connects the passions of scientists, conservationists, and others who work closely with animals, to a wider audience. This is helpful both to gain funding for programs as well as to increase general public support of an issue.
Art and science are not mutually exclusive. Her creativity was inspirational. She is very personable and it was nice to be able to talk with her in a small group setting. Thanks again for bringing her here! 

Junior Animal Behavior Major, Environmental Studies minor, Southwestern University, TX

The connection between elephants and music was really exciting, and her discussion of experiences was really deep. It was something I hadn't ever really thought about, which is strange because I was raised as a Hindu and had considerable influence of elephants in my life (we have stools and pictures, and even wooden elephants above our TV!)  Her experience really stemmed from her musical background, and reminded me of why I have such respect for musicians.

Sophomore Environmental Studies Major, Southwestern University, TX