Loyola University Chicago

Earth Day



Media Contact:
Summur Roberts
Director, Community Relations



CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2012) – The creative spirit and desire to conserve earth’s most precious natural resources go hand in hand. For centuries, artists have used the simplest elements of nature to convey the most powerful and complex of messages.
EARTH NIGHT 2012: PLANET ART SCHOOL 2.0 harnesses this dynamic by creating opportunities to creatively explore our relationship to the Earth through a multi-layered evening of art making, live music and multimedia presentations.
Loyola University Chicago, in partnership with Burners Without Borders Chicago, Chicago Art Department and the City of Chicago Department of Water Management, build on the success of last year’s event at Loyola’s Mundelein Center to foster an atmosphere of creative collaboration that is essential in caring for our communities and inspiring environment responsibility.
Planet Art School 2.0 will host several creation stations, curated and facilitated by professional artists, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Earth Day via art making and writing prompts. Stations will include screen printing on reclaimed fabric, collage making with re-purposed paper bags and magazines, painting on salvaged wood, paper-making with recycled paper, reflective writing and a “trash sculpture” made from entirely reclaimed and salvaged material. The night will be set to a backdrop of live music performed by local musicians and DJs, including indie rock band Good Evening and producer/DJ Searchl1te.
A third layer involves TedX-style short speeches through which experts and storytellers can relay experiences and information about environmental actions or issues.
Presentations can be as personal as one individual’s recycling rituals, as broad as a look at the city’s recycling program, or purely educational, such as an analysis of global weather systems. The format will be based on the Japanese short-form speech event called Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-CHA-kuh-cha). In this format, presentations are guided by a series of 10-20 images, which are projected on a screen for 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha references: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/
Earth Night is an initiative of Loyola University Chicago’s North Lake Shore Earth Day (NLSED), which ran consecutively the last four years to share knowledge among neighbors in its surrounding neighborhoods of Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and Rogers Park, about urban sustainability issues and solutions in an engaging and hands-on environment. This will be the first year the event will be held off-campus, at the Broadway Armory, back in the neighborhood where the idea of NLSED initially took root. Summur Roberts, chief organizer of the event in past years adds, “It is wonderful to watch planning come full circle. After bringing such a festive event on campus, incubating the idea and successfully quadrupling participation and awareness, it is exciting to watch it move back into the neighborhoods where it all started.”
By tapping into the energy, creativity and art resources of Earth Night, the reach is extended city-wide. 

Through an initiative with Tom LaPorte, Asst. Commissioner, City of Chicago, Department of Water Management, members of south side and west side churches are invited to participate in making creative banners for their sanctuaries.  On Sunday, April 22 (official Earth Day), a number of pastors will address Earth Day in their sermons, and emphasize steps neighbors should take to avert basement flooding in the coming rainy season.  Planet Art School will help bring messages of environmental stewardship to people who can put those messages to practical uses for immediate protection from flooding.  “Art is the currency of the realm, and the realm can boast dry basements,” adds LaPorte.
Elected officials participating in this event include: Chicago Aldermen Patrick O’Connor (40th), Ameya Pawar (47th), James Cappelman (46th), Harry Osterman (48th) and Joe Moore (49th), Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Congressman Mike Quigley, Illinois State Senator Heather Steans, and State Representatives Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy.
The FREE event will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6pm - 9pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Edgewater, Chicago.
Food sampling from local diverse and healthy restaurants.  Participants can purchase $10 tickets for a punch on the Giving Tree prize board with awesome items from local businesses. Proceeds will support the creation of the Hartigan Restoration Garden.  The event is easily accessible by public transportation via the CTA Red Line and the #147  and #136 buses. Walking and biking are encouraged. For more information on Earth Night Planet Art School, please visit http://www.luc.edu/earthday/
Chicago Art Department
Burners without Borders Chicago
Loyola University Chicago, Office of Community Relations
City of Chicago, Department of Water Management
Harry Osterman, Alderman 48th Ward
Joe Moore, Alderman, 49th Ward
About Loyola University Chicago:
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola's 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master's degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the "top national universities" by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu