Meet Micah Blumenthal, our first Board Member of the season!

Published October 19th, 2016

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Micah BlumenthalIn all aspects of his life, Micah is grounded in community – as co-owner of CIXdesigns, a yoga teacher, a board member of the Center for Creative Education – Arts with a purpose, a helping hand at the Uptown Farmers Market (come say “Hi!” on Saturdays), Community Animator at The Lace Mill, and rocket scientist for the O+ FESTIVAL – he is dedicated to creating positive change in his community.

Most of all, he is a happy father of two. It is through both CCE and his daughter’s involvement with Wild Earth that he came to love and appreciate the work Wild Earth does. He has seen through his daughter the growth that a child can experience through these kinds of programs.

As far as the types of changes Micah has noticed in his daughter, Micah says she has always had a shy streak. “The biggest development I saw in her was an expansion of her confidence. She didn’t always know how to share herself with other people, so Wild Earth has always been a very kind of opening experience for her. This has been especially meaningful because she was able to participate in programs and find herself in nature despite of her fear.”

He believes that Wild Earth is important because of the impact it can have on one’s relationship with their own self. “Generally, humans are all looking for a way to connect to something in an effort to expand their own definition of ‘self’. Anything that can do that for us is so powerful, and it becomes something we cling on to. Wild Earth encourages connection with the earth, with each other, and with ourselves. These three aspects are something that we as peoples are consistently working on, and Wild Earth is a necessary step in getting there.”


Taylor BolognaTaylor BolognaTaylor Bologna, Intern

As a student at SUNY New Paltz, Taylor is merging her appreciation for nature with her interest in policy through her studies in Political Science, Public Relations, and Environmental Studies. From an early age, she has been a strong believer that you can learn just as much from sitting outside as you can from sitting in a classroom. The conjunction of these two ideas has prompted her to pursue a career in Washington D.C., where she hopes to eventually be able to lobby for environmental reform. Growing up on Long Island, Taylor spent a large portion of her childhood at the beach, and decided to relocate to New Paltz for the opportunity to explore an entirely different kind of nature. More about Taylor's work.

6 thoughts on “Meet Micah Blumenthal, our first Board Member of the season!”

  1. Joann says:

    Great article. Can’t wait to read more from this newcomer Taylor Bologna! Definitely an inspiration for my young daughter who also loves to write.

  2. David Brownstein says:

    Love this piece, Taylor! Thanks for highlighting the lives of our board members.

  3. Marlene Furtick says:

    As Micah’s Mom, I am so proud of all his accomplishments and the most important one is being a terrific Father to Gopal and Lotus. I too, have seen Lotus blossom and over come her shyness and feel great about exploring new things. I wish I could attend a camp like Wild Earth!

    1. Michele M Harris-Dixon says:

      I think you are on to something Marlene!!! A Camp for Us too… :) Job Well Done Mrs. Furtick, Marlene, Micah. Micah, I agree with your Mom, I too am proud of the Father you have become. I re-met Gopal this summer and thought it was You!!! Congratulations on being the First Board Member and continue to be an example to your and other children by making a difference in the community. Thank you and be blessed… By the way I could use some yoga tips..

      Love always Michele on behalf of The Royster & Harris Family

    2. Michele Harris-Dixon says:

      I think you are on to something Marlene!!! A Camp for Us too… :) Job Well Done Mrs. Furtick, Marlene, Micah. Micah, I agree with your Mom, I too am proud of the Father you have become. I re-met Gopal this summer and thought it was You!!! Congratulations on being the First Board Member and continue to be an example to your and other children by making a difference in the community. Thank you and be blessed… By the way I could use some yoga tips..

      Love always Michele on behalf of The Royster & Harris Family

  4. Sue Fick says:

    Micah is a person who sees the world through a large lens. This vision allows him to create without the confines of convention, allowing a deep, rich questioning. The result is emerging possibilities and one of his many canvases is his work in our communities. Go Micah!

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