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Art in the Park/Earth Day Event

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April 19, 2017
DIAMOND, Missouri: Mark your calendars for “Art in the Park/Earth Day,” the annual event at George Washington Carver National Monument, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Presented in conjunction with National Park Week, Art in the Park/Earth Day is a free event showcasing the artwork of George Washington Carver.
 
George Washington Carver was inspired by the natural environment and gained a sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation from his artistic work. Plein air artists will set up along the trail, capturing the beauty of the woodlands, prairie, and streams. Artists will conduct art workshops throughout the day and visitors are encouraged to participate. A “budding artists” area will feature natural dyes, painting color swatches and other children’s art activities.
 
At 11:00 a.m., Guest artist Josie Mai, Executive Director, Spiva Center for the Arts will give a presentation, followed by a photograph collage workshop. A park ranger will share the program “Expressions of the Soul,” featuring Carver’s artistic creations including some of his original artwork on display in the museum that afternoon. Earth Day will also be celebrated with a special film viewing and craft from recycled materials. Carver Birthplace Association will provide a snack concession.
 
This “Find Your Park” event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
 
Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian.   

www.nps.gov 
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 417 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.


 
Contact:
James Heaney, Superintendent
gwca_superintendent@nps.gov, (417) 325-4151