Pellissippi State celebrates Earth Day with recycled-art exhibit, festivities

In celebration of April 22’s Earth Day 2013, Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a unique art exhibit that is available both in an online gallery and in Pellissippi State’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art. All artwork to be on display is crafted entirely from recycled materials.

There will also be Earth Day festivities at the Hardin Valley Campus on April 19. The exhibit and celebration are free and open to the public.

Pellissippi State students will be joined as exhibiting artists by students from the community who take part in the after-school arts programs of the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.

The CLO works in conjunction with the Arts Academy and The Zone, both of which are funded by the East Tennessee Foundation, to offer after-school programming to local youth. Students explore various art forms, including art, dance, music, theatre and science. The complete exhibit can be viewed online April 15-19, with selected pieces on “traditional” display on campus during the same dates.

The April 19 celebration takes place 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, performs at noon. There will be information tables, light refreshments and a brief Earth Day welcome by L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of the college.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. It is estimated that more than one billion people will take part in Earth Day 2013 observances and events worldwide.

Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin who was concerned about a massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Earth Day is celebrated each April. The first Earth Day witnessed more than 20 million Americans staging rallies and demonstrations to encourage environmental awareness and reforms.

The exhibit is viewable online at http://blogs.pstcc.edu/earthdayart2013/ and in the lobby of the Bagwell Center, located on the Hardin Valley Campus. Regular building hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For information about the art display, email jmbrickey@pstcc.edu. To learn more about other Earth Day activities, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.