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The America Project

Earth Day: From Valuing Green to Sustaining Life is curated and presented by MAPP International Productions in partnership with Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

April 23, 2012
All Day
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets   

Free & Open to the Public
Earth Day: From Valuing Green to Sustaining Lifeis a day of art and ideas which aims to shift the narrative of environmentalism and reframe the definition of "sustainability" to include and respond to people and communities that are often left out of the conversation.Earth Day: From Valuing Green to Sustaining Life is inspired by the central question of 2011 Alpert Award winner Marc Bamuthi Joseph's new theater work red, black & GREEN: a blues: "What sustains life in your community?" The day's activities respond by bringing together individuals and organizations from New York City working in a variety of disciplines and with disparate practices, to explore the ways in which they sustain collective environmental health and social compassion.

10:00-11:30am: Films on the role of the arts in addressing social issues
Third Ward TX, Directed by Andrew Garrison, and
finding the 51st (dream) state: Sekou Sundiata's America ProjectDirected by Stanley Nelson, Firelight Media

12:00-2:00pm: The Building of an Encounter with Samita Sinha and Julia Ulehla
Through shared singing, action and dialogue over a communal meal, this participatory session broadly explores the idea of life and sustenance, and makes visible each person's responsibility in sustaining community-from the smallest relationships to the larger society. Lunch will be provided. This session is part of MAPP International Productions' program The People's Potlucks.

3:00-5:00pm: Cross-sector Conversations on the creative ecosystem
A series of one-on-one conversations about the work of sustaining culture and environment with practitioners from community and youth development, health care, environmental justice, philanthropy and the arts. Confirmed participants include: Elizabeth Streb (STREB Action Mechanics), Michelle Coffey (Lambent Foundation), Jacoby Ballard (Third Root Community Health Center), Cecil D. Corbin Mark (WEACT), Frances Lucerna (El Puente), and Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

6:30pm: An Evening of Poetry with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs poetry from red, black & GREEN: a blues. Youth poets from Urban Word NYC will contribute environmentally themed pieces. Reception to follow.