Events \\ In-person

April School Vacation Week: Earth Week - Art and Science in Action

Join inspiring artists and scientists in a week of celebration and action in honor of the opening of Climate Action: Inspiring Change and Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees.

All programs included with museum admission


ART AS ACTIVISM
Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

9–11:30 am and 1– 3:30 pm | Free event
Essex Street and Axelrod Walkway (weather permitting)

Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees is an outdoor art installation that uses the process of transformation to raise awareness about global deforestation and climate change. Watch on-site artist Wes Bruce and volunteers apply blue pigment to select trees on PEM’s campus using an environmentally safe colorant. This temporary, performative art piece in Salem marks the 27th installation of this internationally acclaimed project.

Must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer on Thursday, April 21 or Friday, April 22 at pem.org/bluetrees.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Konstantin Dimopoulos is an Egyptian-born conceptual and social artist who incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, painting, printmaking and drawing in the creation of monumental imagery, social and environmental interventions and conceptual proposals that argue the potential of ‘art’ as a means of social engagement and change.

Wes Bruce is a multi-practice artist, educator, poet, and designer who for the last decade has worked professionally creating large-scale, site-specific installations, exhibitions, and projects. The installations invoke creative play in children and adults that is insightful, life-giving and adaptable and there is often a large emphasis on our connections to the natural world.



THE BLUE SAPLING WORKSHOP

11–11:45 am and 2–2:45 pm | Create Space
Included with admission
Recommended for ages 5 and up

Sign up for 11am

Sign up for 2pm


Feeling inspired by The Blue Trees? Come inside and color a native tree sapling with the artist’s own environmentally safe, water-based blue pigment. Then take your sapling home and plant it outside to raise awareness about trees. Planting and care instructions will be provided.


ART AS ACTIVISM
Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

9–11:30 am and 1– 3:30 pm | Free event
Essex Street and Axelrod Walkway (weather permitting)

Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees is an outdoor art installation that uses the process of transformation to raise awareness about global deforestation and climate change. Watch on-site artist Wes Bruce and volunteers apply blue pigment to select trees on PEM’s campus using an environmentally safe colorant. This temporary, performative art piece in Salem marks the 27th installation of this internationally acclaimed project.

Must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer on Thursday, April 21 or Friday, April 22 at pem.org/bluetrees.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Konstantin Dimopoulos is an Egyptian-born conceptual and social artist who incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, painting, printmaking and drawing in the creation of monumental imagery, social and environmental interventions and conceptual proposals that argue the potential of ‘art’ as a means of social engagement and change.

Wes Bruce is a multi-practice artist, educator, poet, and designer who for the last decade has worked professionally creating large-scale, site-specific installations, exhibitions, and projects. The installations invoke creative play in children and adults that is insightful, life-giving and adaptable and there is often a large emphasis on our connections to the natural world.



DROP-IN ART MAKING
Soak Up the Carbon: Art Making with Salem Sound Coastwatch

11 am–3 pm | Create Space
Included with admission
Recommended for ages 5 and up

Salem Sound Coastwatch leads an art and science-based activity inspired by its commitment to promote both awareness and understanding of our connection to the Salem Sound Watershed and our role in restoring and protecting its health.



CLIMATE + ENVIRONMENT TALK

The Amazon: Marcia Macedo with Bernie Krause

Noon–1 pm | Virtual

Brazilian field ecologist Marcia Macedo is committed to finding science-based solutions to complex challenges facing the Amazon rainforest. Dr. Macedo will share her unique view of the Amazon and speak to important climate-forest interactions in the region. She will be joined by soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause to explore the intersection of her research and Dr. Krause's sound recordings captured in the heart of the Amazon.

This program is supported by the Lowell Institute and offered in partnership with the Fondation Cartier in celebration of The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists on view at PEM through May 22.

Register now


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Marcia Macedo is an ecosystem ecologist studying the causes of tropical deforestation and their consequences for forests, rivers and the climate. Her work explores how agricultural expansion and climate change are reshaping tropical landscapes. Dr. Macedo is an associate scientist and Director of the Water Program at the Woodwell Climate Research Center.

Bernie Krause is a soundscape ecologist who listens to animal vocalizations with a musician’s ear and studies his field recordings from the perspective of a scientist. Since the 1970s, Krause has recorded soundscapes across North America, Latin America, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. Krause implores us to listen to these voices from the living, non-human world before they are forever silenced.

Supported by the Lowell Institute

Lowell Institute
Cartier Foundation



DROP-IN ART MAKING

Wes Bruce: A Forest of Poetry and Fabric
2–4 pm | Axelrod Walkway
Rain date April 22

What is nature asking you to bring forth from your deepest self at this time? Participate in a collaborative outdoor art-making activity with artist and poet Wes Bruce. Create personal mantras to take home that help you live into a more full, creative, centered self and contribute to a communal installation that will live temporarily among the trees.


ART AS ACTIVISM
Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

9–11:30 am and 1– 3:30 pm | Free event
Essex Street and Axelrod Walkway (weather permitting)

Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees is an outdoor art installation that uses the process of transformation to raise awareness about global deforestation and climate change. Watch on-site artist Wes Bruce and volunteers apply blue pigment to select trees on PEM’s campus using an environmentally safe colorant. This temporary, performative art piece in Salem marks the 27th installation of this internationally acclaimed project.

Must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer on Thursday, April 21 or Friday, April 22 at pem.org/bluetrees.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Konstantin Dimopoulos is an Egyptian-born conceptual and social artist who incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, painting, printmaking and drawing in the creation of monumental imagery, social and environmental interventions and conceptual proposals that argue the potential of ‘art’ as a means of social engagement and change.

Wes Bruce is a multi-practice artist, educator, poet, and designer who for the last decade has worked professionally creating large-scale, site-specific installations, exhibitions, and projects. The installations invoke creative play in children and adults that is insightful, life-giving and adaptable and there is often a large emphasis on our connections to the natural world.



EXHIBITION BOOTHS

Shifting the Climate Culture

10 am–7 pm | Main Atrium
Included with admission

rare logo

Join Rare — the international conservation organization helping people and nature thrive — for a hands-on exploration of climate-positive behaviors around food, energy, transportation and nature. Visit their booths to discover simple changes that can help the climate, and your health, budget, and community. See what you can do, and how your neighbors are already acting.



DROP-IN ART MAKING

Soak Up the Carbon: Art Making with Salem Sound Coastwatch

11 am–3 pm | Create Space
Included with admission
Recommended for ages 5 and up

Salem Sound Coastwatch leads an art and science-based activity inspired by its commitment to promote both awareness and understanding of our connection to the Salem Sound Watershed and our role in restoring and protecting its health.