SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 2021 PROGRAMMING:

EARTH – ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS

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(Southampton, New York… May 2021) — Programs below are part of EARTH – Artists as Activists – on view from April 17 – July 11, 2021. The intention of this exhibition is to creatively confront the threats to our environment, bringing forth a collective effort to inspire action. All programs are created by Southampton Arts Center curatorial associate Daniela Kronemeyer.

Programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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Saturday, May 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. – Natural Garden Fair

Group for the East End, Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Montauk Seaweed Company, Perfect Earth Project, and many more join together for talks, locally-sourced products, a native plant sale, nature books, children’s arts and crafts, and more.

Takes place on the Southampton Arts Center West Lawn

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/eco

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Sunday, May 16 from 11 AM to 12 PM – Curator-Led Artist Tour

EARTH – Artists as Activists curator Amy Kirwin will lead an intimate tour of the galleries at SAC, with several participating artists on hand to discuss their work. Artists include Scott Bluedorn, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Dawn Lee, Christa Maiwald, Janine Martel, Patricia Paladines, Anne Seelbach, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Jonathan Shlafer, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/talks

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Sunday, May 16 from 2 to 3 PM – Guided Nature Walk at SOFO

Description: Join Frank in a leisurely walk through Vineyard Field behind the museum to observe migrating birds and other wildlife. Native grasses and wildflowers, vernal ponds and the surrounding woods provide food, water and nesting sites for many migrating birds and year-round mammals.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/eco

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Sunday, May 16 from 6 to 9 PM – “Conscience Point” Screening + Panel Discussion

Honoring our indigenous community, the panel includes members of the Shinnecock Nation – Tela Troge, Shane Weeks, Kelly Dennis, Becky Genia – and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, moderated by Joe Shaw. Exploring the roots of American inequity, greed, and pollution, Conscience Point contrasts the values of those for whom the beautiful places are a commodity–who regard land as raw material to be developed for profit and pleasure–and those locals for whom land means community, belonging, heritage, and home. Conscience Point metaphorically and thematically goes beyond the Hamptons to tell a story of fighting the elite 1% at a time when so many across America are also struggling to remain in gentrifying parts of cities under development for luxury homes and lifestyles.

Takes place on the Southampton Arts Center West Lawn Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=233 

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Wednesday, May 19 from 6 to 7:30 PM – Virtual Talk: The Healing Power of Birds and How We Restore Their Habitats

Featuring birding instructor and ornithological educator, Holly Merker, and Edwina von Gal–landscape designer and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, this virtual event will delight bird lovers and gardeners alike! The evening will focus on ornitherapy–the practice of observing birds to calm and ground oneself–as well as “Two Thirds for the Birds,” a new initiative aimed to restore their habitats using native plants.

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Sunday, May 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM – “The Story of Plastic” Screening + Panel Discussion

Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, THE STORY OF PLASTIC brings into focus an alarming, man-made crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself. Panel will feature Erica Cirino, Cindy Pease-Roe, Kara Hahn, Beth Fiteni, and George Povall.

Takes place on the Southampton Arts Center West Lawn Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=243 

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Saturday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. – Southampton Environmental Policy Forum

Southampton’s environmental experts and policy makers will discuss a range of issues from the clean up of Lake Agawam, the gas leaf blower ban, efforts to ban and reduce mylar balloons, and what happens with our recycling. Featuring Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren, Dieter von Lehsten of the Southampton Town Sustainable Committee, Southampton Town Trustee Ann Welker, and more. Moderated by Joe Shaw of the Express News Group.

Submit your questions to our panelists ahead of time: events@southamptoncenter.org. Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=228 

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Saturday, May 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM – Sound Meditation

Mediation DJ Daniel Lauter leads sound meditations featuring sounds in nature, including whales and the ocean, rainforests, and woodlands.

Takes place in the galleries Southampton Arts Center $25 per person, registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=212

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Wednesday, June 2 from 6 to 7 PM – Kids Program: “Be a Good Egg” Part I [Virtual]

Group for the East End educators will introduce you to National Audubon’s “Be a Good Egg” program–an outreach initiative implemented by Audubon staff, chapters, volunteers, and other conservation partners. Participants will learn basic shorebird identification and biology as well as key strategies to reduce human disturbance threats to coastal birds by encouraging people to “share the shore” with birds while visiting the beach.

This is a family friendly program suitable for all ages. Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=264 

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Friday, June 4 from 4 to 5 PM – Kids Program: Meet Our Native Wildlife

Join the Quogue Wildlife Refuge to learn all about the native wildlife that call Long Island home! During this 50 minute program, you will have a chance to meet a variety of animals that reside at the Refuge. Each animal’s personal history, adaptations, and conservation in the wild will be discussed.

Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=254 

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Saturday, June 5 from 11 AM to 12 PM – Kids Program: “Be a Good Egg” Part II

Come create your “Be a Good Egg” sign on the Southampton Arts Center’s West Lawn. Group for the East End educators will lead you in an artistic expression of what it means to be a good shorebird steward. Your artwork will be on display at the arts center or you may choose to take it home with you.

This is a family friendly program. This is part two of the June 2nd virtual program but you may still attend if you cannot make the virtual program.

Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=259 

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Friday, June 5 from 7 to 10 PM – Short Film Documentary Screening + Panel Discussion

In partnership with Musings. Join us for an evening of short documentary films focusing on the intersection between the human and natural world, and how communities around the world are being impacted by the climate crisis. From Malaysia to Memphis, Kenya to the Louisiana Bayou, these short films are meant to educate and inspire action. Moderated by Nicole Delma of the Hamptons International Film Festival, an engaging pre-film panel discussion will include filmmaker Susan Rockefeller (Come Home, Lay Down Our Burden), artist Diane Tuft (Coastal Requiem), and other special guests.

Registration link:

https://southamptonartscenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/southamptonartscenter/event.jsp?event=266& 

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Saturday, June 6 from 7 to 10 PM – “Fantastic Fungi” Screening + Panel Discussion

A consciousness-shifting film about the mycelium network that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Panel includes David Falkowski from Open Minded Organics and artist Scott Bluedorn.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/film 

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Thursday, June 10 from 7 to 10 PM – “Living Soil” Screening + Panel Discussion

Our soils support 95 percent of all food production. They filter our water, are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon, are our foundation for biodiversity, and are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Panelists include Dr. Deborah Aller, Dan Heston, Layton Guenther, Jason Hansana Cofield, and Lauren Ruiz. Moderated by Alexandra Talty.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/film 

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Sunday, June 13 from 6 to 10 PM – Restorative Oysters: Celebrating Our Local Waterways & Aquaculture Industry

An evening celebrating our local waterways and learning more community oyster growing and the commercial aquaculture industry, featuring several esteemed panelists from our partner organizations including Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program, Group for the East End, Peconic Baykeeper, and local oyster growers. This event features two important panel discussions on clean water and septic solutions, and aquaculture and oyster farming. An oyster tasting in partnership with our friends at Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program will take place on our lawn, as well as a short film program highlighting CCE Marine’s SPAT Program.

Please note: This is a free program, however should you wish to participate in our oyster & wine tasting, bracelets are available for sale. Proceeds from ticket sales will be supporting Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/talks

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Wednesday, June 16 from 6 to 7 PM – Virtual Talk: The Artist’s View – Contrasting Expressions of Nature

Long Island’s natural environment has been the muse for countless artists, starting with indigenous people who created beautiful art inspired by the land and sea. That inspiration continues today with many local artists who use a variety of diverse methods and natural materials to create their work. Join us for this moderated panel featuring Scott Bluedorn, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Cindy Pease Roe to learn more about how the beauty of Long Island’s environment informs and inspires their creativity. Our moderator is Kathryn Szoka, local photographer and co-owner of Canio’s Books.

Registration link: https://peconiclandtrust.org/get-involved/events/the-artists-view-contrasting-expressions-of-nature 

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Thursday, June 17 from 7 to 10 PM – “Whale Wisdom” Screening + Panel Discussion

Filmmaker Rick Rosenthal embarks on a journey into the minds of whales, and discovers their ingenuity and tenderness, their risk-taking and curiosity, and even their music. Filmed in seven countries, WHALE WISDOM gives us a glimpse of the intelligence of these giants with whom we share our oceans.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/film 

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Friday, June 18 from 11 AM to 12 PM & 3 to 4 PM – Tree Tour with Tucker Marder

Tucker Marder will lead a tour of the Folly Tree Arboretum, a dendrological archive of over 250 rare, unusual and culturally significant trees located on the South Fork of Long Island. Trees in the collection include a sycamore that went to the moon on Apollo 14, a tree with useless fruits, and an oak tree that owns itself. Folly Tree Arboretum produces projects that explore the ways in which culture, narrative and imagination form human’s relationship to the natural world as well as supports the work of others who are developing new and creative methods of environmental story telling.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/eco 

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Thursday, June 24 from 6 to 7:30 PM – Using Art to Advance a Case for Life on Earth

Conserving nature and tapping into human creativity may not immediately appear to be connected. Panelists including Safina Center Founding President Dr. Carl Safina, photographer and educator Patricia Paladines, award-winning writer Paul Greenberg, writer and artist Erica Cirino, and medical anthropologist and scientific illustrator Kate Thompson will discuss inspiration, conservation, preservation of both nature and human communities, and more.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/talk 

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Wednesday, June 30 from 6 to 7 PM – Virtual Talk: Birding – A Female Perspective

In partnership with Audubon NYC, Hob Osterlund, Melissa Groo, and Holly Merker discuss birding from a female perspective in this one-hour Zoom presentation, including a Q&A. Moderated by Daniela Kronemeyer. 

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Thursday, July 8 from 7 to 10 PM – “Fish & Men” Screening + Panel Discussion

FISH & MEN exposes the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy and the forces threatening local fishing communities and public health by revealing how our choices as consumers drive the global seafood trade. Panel includes Dr. Jennifer Jacquet, David Barber, Margie Mason, Valentine Thomas, Esq, Sean Barrett, and moderator Tela Loretta Troge, Esq.

Learn more at southamptonartscenter.org/film

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ABOUT EARTH – ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS

EARTH – Artists as Activists is the newest exhibition at Southampton Arts Center. On view from April 17 through July 11, 2021, the timely, important, and actionable multidisciplinary exhibition will feature a collection of artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, science, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Curated by former SAC artistic director Amy Kirwin, the exhibition will also feature a number of ancillary programming including artist workshops, panel discussions with experts from SAC’s

newly formed ECO Community Group, film screenings, and more. Special thanks to EARTH presenting sponsor Douglas Elliman.

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ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER

Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond. SAC is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, visit southamptonartscenter.org or call 631.283.0967. Follow SAC on Facebook and Instagram @southamptonartscenter. For press inquiries, contact Rachel Bosworth via email at rachel@rachelbosworth.com or by phone at 631.220.1220.

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www.southamptonartscenter.org 

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