Earth Celebrations was founded in 1991 by social action artist and theatrical pageant director, Felicia Young, as a not-for-profit 501c3 organization in New York City, dedicated to engaging communities to effect ecological and social change through the arts.
Earth Celebrations creative programs address and effect change on issues such as: climate change, river restoration, water conservation, waste management, and the preservation of species, habitats, nature, gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment, while highlighting ecological sustainability. Our ecological and art programs include: theatrical pageants, exhibitions, performances, art & ecology/puppet & costume workshops, internships, artist residencies, and partnerships with schools, community centers, organizations, academic and cultural institutions, municipalities, neighborhood associations, parks, gardens, artists and local residents.
Since Earth Celebrations was founded it has produced creative collaborations and projects that engage over 10,000 individuals, 200 community gardens, and 100 organizations annually. Earth Celebrations pioneering ecological arts programs and creative advocacy projects such as the Procession to Save Our Gardens (1991-2005), Lower East Side Garden Preservation Coalition (initiated in 1994), and New York City Coalition for the Preservation of Gardens (initiated in 1996), mobilized a city-wide effort, which directly led to the preservation of many community gardens on the Lower East Side and throughout New York City. Earth Celebrations participating partners include: The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Hudson River Park Trust, Friends of Hudson River Park, Battery Parks City Parks Conservancy, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, Greenpeace, >arts World Financial Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Henry Street Settlement, Church Street School for Music and Art, NY Cares, Manhattan Youth, New York University, and numerous schools, community centers, and organizations. Partners 2012
Earth Celebrations has received awards for its efforts such as the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs: Public Service Award (1995-2005), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council: Fund For Creative Communities Award (1996-Present), Friends of the United Nations International Award for Creating Common Unity (1996), and International Friends of Transformative Art Award (1994).
EARTH CELEBRATIONS PROGRAMS:
- Impact issues including: climate change, river restoration, water conservation, waste management, and the preservation of species, habitats, nature, parks, gardens, and a healthy urban environment.
- Utilize the inspirational and creative power of the arts to engage and mobilize communities to positively impact ecological and social issues
- Build broad-base coalition efforts bringing together organizations, academic and cultural institutions, municipalities, government officials, schools, community centers, neighborhood associations artists, and local residents to work together creatively for common goals
- Develop strategic and creative partnerships
- Promote and implement sustainable methods and practices
- Ecological Visual Art and Performance Projects
- Community-Engaged Social Practice Art Projects
- Theatrical Pageants/Processional Performance
- Art and Ecology Workshops
- Ecological Art Curriculum and Project Development
- Artists Residencies
- Environmental Action and Advocacy Initiatives
- Coalition and Partnership Building
- Community Engagement