Featured in the Mtn. Democrat, FIRE/LAND: Knowing the Territory – Inspiring Community Resilience is an art rock opera and public forum offering an artistic encounter with wildfire, recovery and resilience in El Dorado County and beyond. FIRE/LAND premieres as a one-night-only event June 10 at Wakamatsu Farm in Placerville, and is produced by Myrtle Tree Arts, Placerville-based arts collaborative founded by Ameera Godwin and Paul Godwin, and co-presented by the environmental nonprofit American River Conservancy.
As described in the Mtn. Democrat, FIRE/LAND: The Exhibition is at Arts and Culture El Dorado’s Switchboard Gallery in Placerville. FIRE/LAND: The Exhibition is an installation of Myrtle Tree Arts co-founder Ameera Godwin’s digital prints and video, representing the artist’s creative journey into local forest lands in response to wildfire and climate grief, vulnerability and responsibility. Featuring prints and looping video, the show is a companion to the Myrtle Tree Arts art rock opera for the forest, FIRE/LAND: Knowing the Territory, performed at Wakamatsu Farm. The show runs June 8- August 6, 2023.
Co-founder of Myrtle Tree Arts, Ameera Godwin, and Exhibition Curator, Marya Osucha are interviewed in this June 21, 2023 live radio segment of Sacramento's CapRadio NPR show, Insight with Vicki Gonzalez about the creation of FIRE/LAND: The Exhibition, and issues related to wildfire, history, and resilience in El Dorado county and beyond. Listen to "Fire/Land: The Exhibit".
Main Street Collective - A community musical collaboration formed by Myrtle Tree Arts
Main Street Collective is a musical collaboration of talented musicians across genres, featured in the June 24th, 2022 Mt Democrat. Founded in 2021 with monthly performances at Placerville's Green Room Social Club and other local venues, MSC has gathered a retinue of musicians, especially those who work on Placerville's Main St., to present high-caliber live events for the Foothills and beyond. With tribute concerts to Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Bowie, and Talking Heads - standing-room-only gigs have become a monthly highlight of the local arts scene.
In 2022, Ameera Godwin was awarded a fellowship grant to develop a new site-specific media project entitled: “Fire/Land: Knowing the Territory”. From a competitive cohort of applicants, Ameera is one of five artists who were selected to receive the Gloria Burt Sacramento Region Arts Fellowship of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, and joint project of the Sacramento Alliance for Regional Arts (SARA), Blue Line Arts, and , in honor of long-time creative arts advocate Gloria Burt. More information can be found here. The project is being presented in collaboration with American River Conservancy and Arts and Culture El Dorado.