In conjunction with beyond earth art • contemporary artists and the environment, “Spring Into Action!” will highlight proactive, observant, and environmentally conscious activities and local organizations.
Special screening of Cotton Road (2014, dir. Laura Kissel, 78 min.), a film and Internet-based media project about the labor and people that drive the transnational flow of cotton. Cosponsored by Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).
Make a seed bomb, see up-cycled fashions by Heidi Brown, or try your hand at gyotaku (traditional Japanese fish printing) and be part of a group gyotaku mural.
Explore Maya Lin’s Empty Room, part of the artist’s multimedia What is Missing? memorial, which includes an interactive website. Join bird experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to take a close look at bird specimens and share their stories. Become a “Bird Song Hero” with an interactive computer game that helps you use your visual brain to learn and remember bird songs.
Fold an origami Passenger Pigeon to honor the hundred-year anniversary of the extinction of this remarkable bird species. Passenger Pigeons once flew across the skies of Ithaca and in flocks numbering in the millions. Todd McGrain, artist-in-residence at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, created the Fold the Flock origami activity as part of his Lost Bird Project.
Try tastes of Cornell Dairy ice cream and Big Red Cheddar!
Other participating organizations will include Learn@EcoVillageIthaca, Ithaca Generator, Community Science Institute, Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center, SewGreen, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Early Morning Farms, Standard Art Supply and Souvenir, art students from PrattMWP, Ithaca College Art Student Union, Local First Ithaca, and Silk Oak.
Community-chosen works from the permanent collection will be installed alongside specimens from Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV). The works liked most by the community on our Facebook page will be on view!