Procession Of The Species Celebration

The intention of the Procession of the Species Celebration is to elevate the dignity of the human spirit through artistic expression and cultural exchange.  The Procession is held each year in Olympia WA on the last Saturday in April.  It is a joyous, spontaneous artistic pageant where thousands of community members celebrate their relationships with each other and with the natural world.

Created in 1995 in honor of Earth Day by the community for the community, the Procession facilitates seveeral weeks of art, music, and dance workshops that inspire personal understanding of and local action for wildlife protection.

Then on Procession day, residents don their creative expressions and proceed through the streets of Olympia in masks and costumes. Carrying banners, windsocks, and giant puppets, they participate in a cultural exchange honoring the awe and splendor of the natural world.

The Procession seeks to bridge the arts, the environment, and our local community.As a celebration   of art, it involves citizens in a creative process affirming art's place in the forum of public expression. As a celebration of species, it awakens public sensibilities to the issues surrounding environmental awareness
and protection. As a celebration of community, it enhances the exchange between local schools, local government, businesses, and civic organizations.

By fostering inclusiveness and collaboration, the Procession engages area residents regardless of age, background, or ability. Providing schools, social services, businesses, tribes, and fellowships with the same opportunity.

To support the Community Art Studio we rely on small grants, donations, and the generosity of individuals, businesses, and corporations to make the Procession a reality.

Please donate generously, and know that any amount you choose to donate is very much appreciated.
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