Earth Week to feature art show, contests, other activities

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Coming up in less than a month is a worldwide holiday known to many as Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22.
The Western Pennsylvania Bios Chapter of The Society for Conservation Biology will be holding its own, fifth annual weeklong celebration to promote conservation April 21-25. To kick off the Earth Week event, WPASCB is holding three contests, all of which are open to the public to participate in.
One of the contests is a poster design contest to advertise for the fifth annual Earth Week Art Show on April 25 that will be held at Grunenwald Center for Science and Technology from 5 to 7 p.m.
This year’s theme is air. Designs must be submitted electronically in .pdf format and fitted to legal size, 8.5 by 14 inches paper. Deadline to submit posters is April 7. The posters will then be voted on and picked by members of WPASCB, and the winner will be announced April 11. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize.
Also being held for Earth Week is a poetry contest. Any style of poem is welcome, though it must include the theme of conservation or nature. Submissions must also be emailed in .pdf format, without the author’s name on the document. The deadline to submit poems is April 14. The winner will be announced on April 18, and will also win a $50 cash prize.
Aside from these two contests, there will also be an art show during the week. WPASCB will be accepting any form of artwork relating to nature and conservation. Weight limit for 3D submissions is 100 pounds. Submissions should be taken to the first floor lobby of the STC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21-24.
Brianna Henry, junior biology major and president of WPASCB said the purpose of Earth Week is to spread awareness to the public about conservation and nature. Through the event , WPASCB hopes to incorporate other majors into their events to attract the public to attend their events throughout the week.
Henry says she is most looking forward to the art show, as it is her favorite event each year. “We get to interact with other departments and members of the community,” she says.
Some other events taking place during Earth Week include an open mic night, animal show, discussion boards, info tables and a game show ,among others that are still in the process of being finalized.
After all of the Earth Week events are over, Henry hopes to display the winner of the poetry contest in both the Clarion Free Library on Main Street and Carlson Library on campus. Additionally WPASCB is looking into binding together all the poems submitted to be put on display in Carlson Library.
Other than Earth Week, WPASCB teaches conservation to the Clarion community and participates in community service. Their focus and passion is nature and conservation. Anyone who is passionate about these two things is encouraged to join no matter their major. For more information on Earth Week or about WPASCB, contact Brianna Henry at b.henry@eagle.clarion.edu.
“Earth Day is important because as a society, we don’t care enough about the environment,” Henry stated. “If it were up to me, every day would be Earth Day.”
Both poster and poetry submissions should be emailed to b.henry@eagle.clarion.edu.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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