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Art installation project will celebrate Earth Day

Timing leads to dual purpose celebration April 12 at Newberg Cultural District


With the culmination of a community leadership program, the 25 or so participants were looking for a project where they could put their skills to use. Robby Larsen, participant and director of gift development at George Fox University, said the group decided a public art installation would be the way to go. Organizing an Earth Day celebration came secondary.

“We thought we want to have an event to unveil and dedicate it, to bring the community together. We thought because the art installation itself is related to the Earth, we thought Earth Day would be a perfect timeline to celebrate that and unveil it,” Larsen said. “This is a fairly unique thing that we saw that tied into the project.”

The unveiling, and Earth Day celebrations, are slated for April 22. The celebration will also utilize the Newberg Cultural District.

“We wanted it to be an interactive time for the community to come together,” he said.

With events starting at 4:30 p.m., there will be a formal ceremony of sorts, officially dedicating the installation outside the Newberg Public Library. But there will also be about 17 different groups with booths and activities.

“Everything from the recycling program in the county, the bike program, Caravan Coffee, the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, the fire department with a fire engine, the cultural center will have a craft area for children, the Newberg greenhouse with seeds. It’s really kind of a wide ranging group of businesses and organizations, both public and private that will be out there,” Larsen said. “It’s just a way to engage people around the idea of care for the Earth.”

Because the Earth Day celebration is tied to an art installation, he said this might be a one-time event.

“I think it probably depends on the success of this event and the engagement of the community,” Larsen said. “There’s been a lot of interest. It’s an interesting one as a result of that I could see it continue. I think it could.”

The same unsure future lies ahead for the public art project.

“Again, it’s kind of like the actual event itself,” he said. “Our hope is that this will inspire additional action moving forward (and) it will inspire more people to engage. At the same time that’s not necessarily the plan.”



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