Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide - Virtual Author Visit - Michael Tougias - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide

Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: 1-12
Scheduling Request

Imagine you lived in a town in Central Massachusetts and the state suddenly told you that you had to move -- your town would be flooded. That is what happened when Boston and surrounding towns needed more water: a reservoir would be built in the valley that would cover four towns. NY Times Bestselling Author Michael Tougias talks about the writing process, and tells the story of Quabbin Reservoir with slides (before, during, and after the construction). Join him on this amazing journey that combines history, science, politics, and nature.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45-55 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Massachusetts history, storytelling, science, social studies, writing process, nature

For scheduling in person, venue must schedule a minimum of 2 performances/day


Single Performance: $500
Additional Performances: $400
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (Live Online): 

School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.



Minimum of 2/day for in person performances. 


  • 1 reserved parking space
  • Water for 1 person

Performance Space:

  • Multimedia projector for Michael to hook his computer (PC) up to
  • Projection screen
  • Large table to display artifacts and books
  • Electrical outlet
  • Extension cord
  • Microphone if over 75 students (if possible).
  • Performance space must be spacious enough for the above items to fit at the front of the room with space for artist to walk around during presentation.

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 30 minutes

Time needed between performances: 5 minutes.

Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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