The Tapestry will be installed in the Powder Magazine Nature Center with educational information about the impact of plastic pollution on waterways and action steps people can take. It will be composed of plastic waste collected during park clean-ups by hundreds of volunteers. Children from the Morse School and teen artists from the Community Art Center will help create it, and diverse neighbors, environmental activists, local crafters and artists are invited to join in! Your donation will support community engagement workshops and outreach. The Go Fund Me campaign will underwrite our collaboration with the Community Art Center of Cambridge, providing paid work as well as a positive opportunity for leadership, visibility and self-expression for a group of diverse local youth.
The Community Art Center (CAC) is a visionary organization that engages local teens in making public art for their neighborhood; the youth receive a stipend for their work and coaching from CAC's artist/mentor Jack O'Hearn. These young artists will design and lead a project component: the creation of talismans -- small art pieces that will be woven into the Tapestry. They will organize free outreach workshops in Central Square and other community locations, spreading the word about Mass Audubon and inviting passersby, neighbors, friends and family to participate!
To invite diverse participation from the vibrant Cambridgeport and Riverside neighborhoods, we are enlisting a wonderful group of partners. Michelle will visit 3rd grade art classes and Mass Audubon's afterschool programs at the Morse Elementary School. The fabulous folks at Gallery 263 will host an artist talk and workshops to reach the local arts community. The Charles River Conservancy is enlisting its Earth Day clean-up volunteers to collect plastic trash, and so is Riverside Boat House. We'll offer artmaking and plastic collection activities at the Cambridge Community Center.
- "Lougee is a magician who transforms discarded materials into extraordinary aesthetic comments on the ecological disasters we’re courting. Her captivating forms are inspired by ocean species that are hundreds of millions of years old, more ancient than humans, which are now threatened with extinction by plastic waste…we’re reminded of the daily choices we make. Let’s hope that our future progeny will not read ‘Once upon a time…humans failed to protect…’ It all depends on the choices we make now.
You can collect and donate your own small hard plastic waste, come to a workshop or talk, speak to local business leaders and your political representatives on City Council, State Legislature and the Congress about this critical issue. Oil and gas companies are ramping up their production of plastic as consumers seek to move away from fossil fuels for cars and heat at home; plastic is their Plan B. Microplastic is in our water, air, and plants. Let's work together to put an end to this environmental disaster.
What will my donation cover?
Funds will go to the Community Arts Center of Cambridge to cover youth participation, as well as additional artist stipends for workshops and outreach activities, education stipend for plastic experts, interpretive materials, and live music for an unveiling celebration in July!
Will I receive anything for contributing?
Go Fund Me is set up as a way to make a gift to support a passion project or cause without receiving anything back -- except of course the satisfaction of advancing a cause you believe in. We are grateful for your support at any level, and your generosity will make a difference!
How can I find out more about Michelle Lougee's artwork and Cecily Miller's projects?
Take a look at our websites: Michelle Lougee and Cecily Miller .