Earth Celebrations was founded in 1991 by theatrical pageant director, Felicia Young, as a not-for-profit 501c3 organization in New York City, dedicated to fostering ecological awareness and reviving the arts at the center of community life.
Earth Celebrations creative programs address and effect change on issues such as: climate change, river species and habitat restoration, and the preservation of community gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment in New York City, while highlighting ecological sustainability. Earth Celebrations environmental and arts programs include: theatrical pageants, exhibitions, performances, art & ecology/puppet & costume workshops, internships, artist residencies, and partnerships with schools, community centers, parks, and gardens.
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, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, Greenpeace, >arts World Financial Center, Henry Street Settlement, NY Cares, Manhattan Youth, and numerous schools, community centers, and organizations. Partners 2012
Earth Celebrations community-based programs:
- Address environmental issues such as: climate change, river species and habitat restoration, toxic waste, recycling, and the preservation of nature, parks and gardens and a healthy urban environment.
- Promote cross-cultural communication and celebrate diverse cultural traditions.
- Provide environmental arts programs for youth and adults through schools, community centers, parks, and gardens.
- Build alliances among community people, youth, artists, schools, gardens/parks, community centers, and organizations to work together creatively and achieve common goals.
- Theatrical Pageants/Parades
- Community-Based Art Projects
- Art & Ecology / Puppet & Costume Workshops
- Artists Residencies
- Art Exhibitions
- Video Programs
- Advocacy Initiatives
- Web-Site/Internet Projects