Subject: Celebrate Earth Day at the Flint Cultural Center

Celebrate Earth Day at the Flint Cultural Center
April 21-23, 2016
Cathy Gentry
Marketing Director

Flint, MI- For Earth Day 2016, the Flint Cultural Center invites the community to a renewed awareness and appreciation of Earth’s natural environment. The Flint Cultural Center organizations will host a three-day celebration, with free educational programs and activities for young people and families, April 21-23.  

Earth Day activities are planned at Applewood Estate, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Public Library, Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Youth Theatre, Longway Planetarium, and Sloan Museum. This cultural collaboration and free community programming is made possible through generous grant support from the C. S. Mott Foundation. For the complete details of all these free events, visit the Earth Day Celebration website

April 21
Flint Institute of Arts Theater, 6 p.m.
Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Painted Land is a documentary about a group of Canadian landscape painters active in the 1920s, known as the Group of Seven, who worked in Algoma and the region north of Lake Superior. The film focuses on Gary and Joanie McGuffin (photographer and writer), who have spent years finding the exact spots where these great landscape painters created their iconic works. Painted Land features spectacular octocopter footage, flying over gorgeous autumn scenery, evocative music and lots of history. (70 minutes)

Flint Institute of Arts Theater, 7:10 p.m.-7:40 p.m.
Q & A with Gary & Joanie McGuffin
Canadian photographer Gary McGuffin attributes his love for photographing landscape to the Group of Seven, which has led him to embark on similar adventures, traveling throughout Canada with his wife Joanie by land and canoe for more than 25 years. Starting in 2008, the McGuffins have partnered with Michael Burtch, retired Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma, to determine the exact locations of these works in order to bring awareness to these historic sites.

April 22, Earth Day - These programs for school groups are already at full capacity.
Flint Public Library, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Great Lakes Adventures - Teen Forum
Canadian photographers, explorers, and conservationists Gary and Joanie McGuffin present an overview of their explorations and travels around the Great Lakes by bike, kayak, and canoe. They will present a short clip from their documentary Painted Land, address Great Lakes conservation issues, and answer questions about their journeys.

Sloan Museum, 11:30 a.m.
School groups at Water’s Extreme Journey exhibit
Middle school students will explore Sloan Museum’s Water’s Extreme Journey exhibit. A scavenger hunt will be provided to guide students to the content most relevant to both the McGuffin presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts and the state content standards. Sloan can accommodate one class at a time in the exhibit, in one-hour intervals, serving up to four classes.

April 23
Sloan Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum Free Day
Sloan Museum’s current traveling exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey will be available to the public. Sloan Museum will offer extended hours, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Sloan*Longway education staff will set up five hands-on science stations in the Water’s Extreme Journey gallery for families to interact with. These stations will focus on concepts including wetlands, groundwater, water treatment, the water cycle, and habitats. The stations will be available for visitors during museum hours.

Applewood Estate, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gilkey Creek Guided Walking Tour
The Applewood Estate will host a trail walk of Gilkey Creek. In 2007, Gilkey Creek underwent a restoration project that reduced flooding to the historic estate and created a more natural channel that has also helped restore habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species. On this nature walk, guests will experience firsthand the Gilkey Creek model of habitat and landscape restoration, storm water management, and wetland ecology.

Flint Youth Theatre, Bower Theatre, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Story to Stage
Create your own Earth Day play with an FYT teaching artist. Beginning with a storybook, participants will use guided improv techniques to develop and perform a short performance in FYT’s historic Bower Theatre.

Flint Institute of Arts, galleries & art studio, 12-4 p.m.
All About Landscape
Discover the natural landscape while viewing landscape paintings in the FIA galleries. Then go to the studio and create your own landscape with a variety of materials.

Flint School of Performing Arts, 12-1 p.m. & 2-3 p.m.
Exploring the Earth, Conservation & Water through Creative Movement
FSPA Dance Instructor Peggy Mead-Finizio will lead this family workshop in an informal and fun discovery of the many relationships between our Earth, nature, and dance.

Longway Planetarium, 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Mysteries of the Great Lakes
All across the Great Lakes basin there is renewed interest in the health of the Great Lakes and their importance as a fresh water supply to millions. Through the study of the Lake Sturgeon, a species now on the brink of extinction, a biologist works to find out how we can save this species and ultimately the Great Lakes themselves. This film showcases the amazing geography, ecology, science and history of one of the largest freshwater resources in the world and highlights the need for preservation and conservation. Walk-up tickets available. 

Flint School of Performing Arts, 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m.
Musical Instruments from the Earth
This family workshop will explore a variety of percussion instruments that are constructed from natural materials (bark, wood, shell, water), in a fun, interactive way. FSPA Percussion Instructor Rob Kratz and two guest performers will demonstrate various instruments and the FSPA Honors Percussion Quartet will perform a piece entitled “Bahrah,” which uses natural instruments such as maracas, log drums, woodblocks, and drums with natural skinheads. Families will then create their own musical instruments using natural materials, and play them together.

Flint Public Library 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Family Activities & Craft
Flint Public Library will host a visit from For-Mar’s Truck Farm at 2 p.m., Start Your Own Recycle Bin craft activity from 2-4 p.m., and live birds of prey from the Howell Nature Center at 3 p.m.

Flint Youth Theatre, Elgood Theatre, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
The Most (Blank) City in America
An original play exploring our relationship with this city we call home, this production examines Flint’s history and relationship to the Flint River.

1221 E. Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48503
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Flint, MI 48503
1310 E. Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48503
1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503, United States
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