WINTER – SPRING 2018
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ECOLOGICAL ARTS & CLIMATE ACTION PROJECT:
An environmental & cultural climate action project engaging the Lower East Side community through creative strategies, co-creating a theatrical pageant, to develop and bring together climate resiliency and ecological sustainability solutions throughout the gardens, neighborhood and waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City, connecting local efforts to city and global climate challenges.
Photo Credit: William Bourassa Jr./Harvey Wang
Art for Social Change – Climate Art – Environmental Action – Community Engagement – Social Practice Art – Community Cultural Development – Art Activism – Cultural Organizing – Art and Social Justice – Ecological Art
MISSION–Earth Celebrations is a non-profit organization, founded by social action artist Felicia Young in 1991 in New York City, engaging communities to effect ecological and social change through the arts. Earth Celebrations’ programs address and generate change on issues such as: climate change, river restoration, species and habitat conservation, waste management, and the preservation of community gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment. Founder/Executive Director Felicia Young has developed a successful methodology of ‘social practice’, utilizing the arts, along with civic engagement and environmental action. Our socially engaged arts projects build broad-based citywide coalitions and collaborative partnerships bringing together environmental organizations, academic and cultural institutions, municipalities, government agencies, schools, community centers, neighborhood associations, artists and local residents, to work together creatively on common goals, mobilize action, develop solutions and impact change.
Programs include: public collaborative visual art and performance projects, theatrical pageants/processions, exhibitions, ecological art workshops, internships, artist residencies, advocacy initiatives, coalition/partnership building, and community engagement actions. More information here.
Read the latest interview with Felicia Young, Director of Earth Celebrations and of the Ecological City Project, where she discusses 30 years of cultural organizing projects that generate ecological and social change.
Read the full interview here.
RECENT INTERVIEW WITH EARTH CELEBRATIONS DIRECTOR,
FELICIA YOUNG ON CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM
Social Action Art Projects for Ecological Change
Vaigai River Restoration Project – Madurai, South India
Social Action Art & River Restoration Project
Earth Celebrations applies its strategies of arts, community engagement, and environmental action, now in a global context to mobilize an international and collaborative effort to restore the Vaigai River in Madurai, South India that is in a severe crisis due to pollution, waste dumping, and the drying effects of climate change. Click here for more information and to support this exciting and important project.
Hudson River Pageant
A River Restoration, Ecological Art & Climate Action Project
Documentary by Fredrik Lassenius & Karen Brucker. Watch here or click for YouTube.
Hudson River Restoration Social Action Art & Community Engagement Project (2009-2012) engaged residents, youth, students, schools and local river, environmental, cultural and community organizations in a creative collaboration and culminating performance action to connect community with restoration and revitalization efforts of the Hudson River Estuary and waterfront in Lower Manhattan. More information here.
Save Our Gardens:
A Social Action Art Project & Preservation Effort
Save our Gardens Social Action Art & Preservation Project (1991-2005) engaged broad-based participation of community gardeners, artists, residents, youth, community, cultural and environmental organizations, schools, churches, colleges, city officials, activists, celebrities, academics, attorneys, and inspired individuals, mobilizing a grass-roots coalition and effort which led to the preservation of hundreds of community gardens on the Lower East Side and throughout New York City.