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At the event, members of the local community, organizations, groups, families and children join in a Native American social dance circle.

The CREATE project has announced an event at Dunkerque Memorial Park on July 30 from 1-3 p.m., to capture footage for the documentary film, “Tradition, trauma and tenderness.”

The purpose of the “Tradition, Trauma & Tenderness” the film is to educate communities about trauma; its impact on children; and how traditions, shared in a loving and nurturing environment, can help children heal and grow.

At the event, members of the local community, organizations, groups, families and children join in a Native American social dance circle. All community organizations that choose to participate will have the opportunity to be filmed with a sign allowing them to identify their organization and will be named in the credits of the documentary.

“The participation of our community members in this documentary, in such an important way, will show Chautauqua County’s commitment to eliminating child trauma, abuse and neglect. This event will also serve as a meeting place for children, parents, seniors, school administrators, faith communities and other community organizations to experience a sense of community through dance and tradition. , regardless of their age or cultural background. says Valerie Walawender, lead artist of the CREATE project, founder.

Footage will be captured by a ground videographer (Alex Simmons) and drone photography by Warrior Flight Team (licensed drone pilots). Light refreshments will be served and activities will be available between takes for children.

Press releases will be available at the event for anyone who chooses to attend. Once the film is completed, it will be made freely available to the public.

If you or your organization would like to participate in this event, please visit create-project.com to register.

The mission of the CREATE project is to encourage and support arts-based community initiatives aimed at helping our community break free from child trauma, abuse and neglect and become a place where children can flourish. We do this through arts-based collaborations, education, support and outreach. CREATE is an acronym for: “Empowering and empowering art for children across the globe.”



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