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Telling a story—a remarkable story

Posted on 05/10/17

We’ve taken our show on the road—complete with cameras, a drone and all sorts of sundry filmmaking equipment. Greetings, from beautiful Joplin, Missouri!

The TKF Team (Alden, Skye and Ethan) with Chris Cotten, Joplin Parks & Recreation Director

This is a story that we’ve been so excited to tell—and now we are. A story of community resilience—how Joplin has recovered from unthinkable devastation from the EF5 tornado that ravaged the town nearly 6 years ago—and how nature has played a leading role in this recovery, in the form of a meaningful community healing garden.

Joplin Butterfly Garden—Tornado Path Wall

It’s incredible, really, chronicling this path. Hearing the individual stories of hope, rebirth, and renewal. Capturing the spirit and energy of a community—empowered by a vision and the fortitude to see it through. With truly inspiring results.

Watch this space over the next couple weeks! We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we go!

Interviewing Traci Sooter, Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University

 

 

 

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