Woodbury Earth Day, presented by Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC), is excited to announce the launch of a mixed-media poster contest with the theme of “What Does Earth Day Mean to Me?” Posters will be displayed in the windows of the Woodbury Public Library during the last two weeks of April. People of all ages are invited to enter the contest. In the spirit of Earth Day, participants are challenged to use materials they might normally not consider. While depicting what Earth Day means to the participant, poster artists are encouraged to create their poster using more than 50 percent of “upcycled” or reused materials.
“I’m excited to see what materials people decide to use. There is so much we don’t think twice about reusing before we throw it away or recycle it. I think this is a great opportunity for people to really think about their consumption and waste and even think about ways we can give an item a second life before it becomes trash” said Hailey McKeever, PRWC Outreach Coordinator.
Community choice voting will decide the winners of the contest. There are four age group categories: Adult (19+), Teen (13-18), Tween (8-12), and Child (7 and under). Each age group category will have a first, second, and third place winner based on the number of votes received during community choice voting open April 18, 2021 through May 1, 2021.
To help kick off the poster contest, the Woodbury Public Library’s Children’s Department will be hosting a story and craft time on Wednesday April 7th at 4pm. Children in grades 1 to 5 are invited to join Mrs. B for a reading of poems from “The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastic” by Susan Hood, illustrations by Christiane Engel. They will also hear about the true stories of children working to eliminate plastic pollution from our planet Earth that inspired each poem. Participants should bring to the program one piece of scrap paper and a pencil. During the program they will discuss what Earth Day means to them and do a sketch for a poster to be made at home from up-cycled materials for the Woodbury Earth Day poster contest.
For 2021, the Woodbury Earth Day festivities will feature a mix of virtual and in-person opportunities throughout April for Earth Month to celebrate the spirit of Earth Day while aiming to keep COVID-exposure risks low. Virtual and self-guided offerings will include engaging educational programs and environmental stewardship opportunities PRWC’s online series of “Water Wednesdays” will cover topics including drinking water, river health, and fish with programs for both adults and children each week. A schedule of in-person educational programs will also be held on May 1, 2021 at Hollow Park in Woodbury. All in-person programs have a strictly limited capacity and require pre-registration.
For more information and to fill out a poster contest entry form, visit www.woodburyearthday.org/art. Posters should be submitted no later than 8 PM on April 15, 2021. Posters will be on display at the Woodbury Public Library between April 18 and April 30, 2021 and winners will be announced May 5, 2021.