Tribute to Trees program held in celebration of Arbor Day

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By Don Latham, Public Information Officer, Atlantic City Free Public Library

The Atlantic City Free Public Library and International National House of Blues Foundation-Atlantic City celebrated Arbor Day 2010 by offering a Tribute to Trees visual arts program on Wednesday, April 28, at the library.

Participants in this hands-on workshop utilized a combination of found and recycled tree-based materials – such as newspapers, magazines, cardboard, twigs, leaves and acorns – as well as a variety of art supplies, to create original and environmentally friendly artworks that pay tribute to the importance of trees to our lives.

Each person created their own artwork on a cardboard panel that was six inches by six inches. The 24 completed panels were then glued to a larger piece of cardboard as part of a mixed media collage that will be displayed at the Atlantic City Free Public Library throughout the spring.

This year’s National Arbor Day is officially Friday, April 30. The holiday dates back well more than 100 years, when J. Sterling Morton proposed at a Nebraska State Board of Agriculture session that a tree-planting holiday called Arbor Day be held April 10, 1872, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. More than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that date.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library regularly works with the International House of Blues-Atlantic City program director Pamela Ward as part of IHOBF’s Action for the Arts initiative.

The initiative includes hands-on percussion and visual art workshops for local youths and adults, and it culminates with performances/exhibits in community settings. The initiative supports school and community-based music and visual arts instructional programs in which students learn to play musical instruments (guitar, drums, percussion) and participate in visual arts projects. Past IHOBF programs at the library have included sweet mud sculpting, drum making, and folk art painting.

For more information, please contact Don Latham, (609) 345-2269. ext. 3112

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