Join us for a screening of Erin Davis’ The Land, a documentary about the creative adventure playground in Wales. Following the screening will be a discussion on the importance of “risky” and loose-parts play with David Ramsey, Dept. of Early Childhood, Boston Public Schools.
Featured in Extraordinary Playscapes, our summer exhibition at BSA Space, The Plas Madoc Adventure Playground in Northern Wales is one of the world’s newest adventure playgrounds. Fondly known as “The Land,” it employs some of the play movement’s oldest “junk” philosophies. Adventure playgrounds take many forms, from chaotic junkyards to whimsical shanty towns, and have been lauded for fostering a necessary and positive relationship between risk and play. Often allowing kids to play with fire, hammers, and nails, adventure playgrounds have been described as, “a complete artwork–a space and time where all one’s senses are engaged.”
This program is proudly presented in partnership with BSA Space.
David Ramsey is a program director in the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood and a Ph.D. candidate at Lesley University. As a program director David is responsible for pre-kindergarten curriculum revision and implementation district-wide, as well as designing and delivering professional development for teachers. David’s Ph.D. research focuses on children’s play in urban environments with a particular interest in loose parts play during public school recess. In 2012 David was awarded a Fund for Teachers grant and spent three weeks studying adventure playgrounds in London and Wales.
“The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.”