Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 27) are just around the corner. How are you spending your Earth Month? Here are just a few suggestions from ArtsBoston for celebrating and giving back to the planet this spring:
Observe Earth Day with Zoo New England at Franklin Park Zoo and help keep the planet a fun place! Talk with exhibitors from local conservation organizations like Mass Audubon, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and The Arnold Arboretum to learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet and preserve the Earth. Participate in citizen science activities to celebrate the launch of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge. Other festivities include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, animal enrichment, hands-on activities, and much more! The zoo is the place to be for Earth Day excellence.
Urinetown | Presented by Emerson Stage
April 19 – 21
Don’t let the title dissuade you…Urinetown, an Obie, Lucille Lortel, and Tony Award-winning musical is one of the most performed pieces of American theatre of the last 20 years. This hilarious satire tackles issues of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. Taking a stand for the planet has never been so silly and symphonic!
Join the Museum of Science and Flat Earth Theatre for an evening of excerpts from brand-new plays that focus on issues of climate change! Local playwrights Francisca Da Silveria, MJ Halberstadt, Nina Louise Morrison, and Kevin Mullins have been hard at work on these commissions with the help of climate change scientists and experts for whole 2017-18, and are finally unveiling their masterpieces at this one-night-only event. The readings will be following by book signings and a conversation with the creative teams and experts to illuminate how artists and their work can contribute to the important debate around climate change advocacy and policy-making.
Looking for some suburban celebration options? The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program in Concord invites the community to a non-juried multimedia show. Artists of all ages and experience will exhibit their artwork created around the theme of “Gathering Places” as part of Umbrella Arts’ Earth Day 2018 celebrations. This show will exhibit work in a variety of mediums-drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, multi-media, poetry, and photography. Workshops, a parade, and more will be help on special dates: see a full listing of Earth Month activities at The Umbrella Community Art Center’s website.
Need a reminder of what we’re fighting for on Earth Day? Life Is a Beautiful Place: A Radical Collaboration connects art and science to create a visual, visceral language about global environmental change and its implications for life on earth. This exhibit of work exclusively by women artists expresses the intimate connections between human beings and the natural world. While scientific evidence provides us with information and warnings, these artists create work that we can feel, internalize, and remember. By emulating the power and beauty of nature, their art reminds us that life on earth is worth protecting.
From provincial China to Beijing, Europe, New Zealand, and finally the US, the well-travelled Cao Jun’s first American exhibition is on now at Boston College. A chronological exploration of Cao Jun’s travels through different landscapes, Hymns of Nature, this collection showcases one man’s artistic journey from early animal sketches to splashy watercolors of mountains and flowers, to calligraphy, porcelain, and more abstract recent works. Cao Jun’s expansive style which contrasts bright colors and neutral tones will have you singing this Earth Month all the way to summer.