Earth Day Downtown – Street Festival

LOGAN, UT — The Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents the first EARTH DAY DOWNTOWN on FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011 from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm on 100 South (Between Main Street and the Thatcher-Young Mansion). The Earth Day Downtown Street Festival will include CVCA’s first public sculpture unveiling, entertainment, arts activities, food vendors, and booths for local environment & sustainability groups, Logan City, USU clubs, businesses, and more. The emphasis of this event is to inspire people to participate, no matter how big or small. In partnership with this event the Logan Downtown Alliance is celebrating Earth Day by staying open late. Enjoy Downtown “Alive after Five!”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm SIDEWALK CHALK/ART ACTIVITIES Play with Recycled Clay from CVCA Ceramics Art Activity with Stokes Nature Center
  • 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm INFORMATION BOOTHS & RECYCLED MATERIAL VENDORS
  • 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm BUY LOCAL – FOOD VENDING & MORE
  • 3:30 pm SCULPTURE BY DOUG ADAMS PUBLIC ART DEDICATION & UNVEILING
  • 4:00 pm USU – DRESS & HUMANITIES RECYCLED DRESS FASHION SHOW
  • 4:15 pm DRY LAKE BAND
  • 4:30 pm DEMONSTRATIONS
  • 4:30 pm – Blip Pot Workshop with Jeff Keller (Sunrise Cyclery) Take your garden on the road! Supplies: 4 or more bike tires & a hog ring stapler
  • 5:00 pm LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE TRASH PERFORMANCE
  • 5:30 pm THE GYPSIES JUNK BAND (FAST FORWARD CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL & FRIENDS)
  • 6:00 pm VALLEY DANCE ENSEMBLE – “DANCING THE GREEN MAP” Selections learned during Repertory Dance Theatre’s residency in March.
  • 6:30 pm COMMUNITY JUNK JAM Join in the fun! Bring your own junk instruments to play in the street.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Earth Day provides an opportunity to embrace the world we live in and find out how we can serve as better stewards of the planet and its resources. Earlier this year, CVCA presented two performances that had a universal underling theme of transformation. For those that attended ScrapArtsMusic or RDT’s elements, they experienced how these two very different groups are transforming their communities through the arts. ScrapArtsMusic bridged the gap of scrap to sculpture to music and thus inspired CVCA to host a brainstorming session to explore how they could help extend these ideas in the community. At this meeting the group decided that it would be wonderful to create an event that could inspire the creative process by bringing the community together around a central “green” idea. Earth Day was a natural choice as was the idea of a community junk jam.

As part of the festivities on April 22, 2011, Jeff Keller with Sunrise Cyclery will provide a “Blip Pot” workshop where you will learn how to make a traveling garden. Valley Dance Ensemble will be “Dancing the Green Map,” sharing some of the icons they learned during the Repertory Dance Theatre residency in March. The USU Dress & Humanities Class, taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Education Assistant Professor Lindsey Shirley, will be showcasing recycled fashions. Logan High School Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Chris Rasmussen, will be performing a “Trash Band” concert. Additional performances will be offered by various groups including: “The Gypsies Junk Jam,” a group of students and friends of Fast Forward High School. Under the direction of Todd Milovich, The Gypsies will be playing on a variety of found objects. The evening will conclude with a community “junk” jam so be sure to bring something to play on or create your own “junk” inspired instrument.

This project came out of a grant opportunity offered to Change Leaders, a training program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. The basis of this group is to lead change in Utah through the Arts. In September of 2010 DA&M provided Change Leaders across the state the opportunity to apply for a small Random Acts of Art grant. Amanda Castillo, Program Director at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, and 9 other applicants saw an opportunity. In this case, Castillo wanted to use these funds towards her passion of the arts & the environment. She wanted to connect the shows CVCA presents with the “greener” picture. The spark was lit when she started contacting local artists, musicians, and businesses to participate.

One participant was Doug Adams, a local bell sculptor from Dewey. During the ScrapArtsMusic residency Adams was able to display his bells up the Ellen Eccles Theatre promenade, meet the musicians one-on-one, share ideas, stories, and even junk. Doug Adams was so inspired by this residency that he not only invited ScrapArtsMusic to his home and scrap metal yard, he agreed to help CVCA with their Random Acts of Art grant and build CVCA a permanent sculpture to be unveiled outside the Thatcher-Young Mansion on Earth Day. “We all get caught up in our every day lives and when you finally get to see the impact one action has on one individual, it makes you realize that it’s all worth it.” Castillo is honored that one of Adam’s pieces will find a home at the Center and be one of the highlight of this Earth Day Celebration and many more in the future. This grant though small, created an opportunity for something bigger to happen and hopefully it will open the door for more public art projects and community gatherings. “The arts are one way we can give back and provide a platform to inspire action,” said Amanda Castillo, Program Director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “This event is just one small opportunity to create dialog in the community and help us celebrate our journey in a fun interactive way. If we all made a commitment to change or improving one “green” behavior, we would live in a very different world. That pile of junk may start to look like a mound of treasure if you are an artist or musician.”

Many artists and musicians in Cache Valley are already creating music and art out of trash. The lifecycle of everyday products and the potential uses are endless. CVCA is “taking out the trash” by collecting a few items for future Community Art Projects and Art Camp. If you have lids, caps, toilet paper rolls, 24 oz soda bottles, CD-R’s, magazines, salt and cleanser containers, please stop by the Center. They would love to uprecycle your trash!

This event is sponsored in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in partnership with Logan City and the Logan Downtown Alliance.

For details about Earth Day Downtown, call, click, or come by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. CVCA is located at 43 S. Main in the heart of Downtown Logan, online at www.CacheArts.org, or by phone at 435-752-0026. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.