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September 2020

Ecotactical: Earth Day at 50, a Virtual Art Reception

September 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

It's a virtual celebration of our new art exhibition, "Ecotactical: Earth Day at 50." Originally planned for April, the exhibit examines the contemporary role of Earth Day 50 years after the  first 1970 celebration, and features artists like Ants on a Log, Nicole Donnelly, Julia Way Rix, Kristen Neville Taylor, Tools for Action, Sophy Tuttle, Water Ways, and Pili X. See images of their art while hearing commentary by the artists, and join the Q&A.   Here's an added bonus: meet…

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January 2021

Citizen’s Eye — A Kaleidoscope of Nature

January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online/Virtual

How has nature been a part of your life during the pandemic? Whether in urban cityscapes, rural hideaways or private homes, for many the presence of nature has become a refuge that allows us to breathe and recharge. Join us for a virtual opening of our new exhibition Citizen’s Eye, a communal photo album featuring over 400 images of surprising encounters with nature taken during the pandemic by Philadelphians and beyond. The opening reception will host a reflection and discussion…

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February 2021

Braiding Phragmites: Richard L. James Lecture

February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

This summer environmental artist Sarah Kavage and designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi will construct a traditional Iraqi guesthouse, a mudhif, at the Schuylkill Center, one of the first such structures in America. It will be built entirely out of phragmites, an invasive wetland grass that threatens ecosystems worldwide and is one of the most abundant plants in the Delaware River watershed. At this event, the artists will speak about traditional reed practices, methods of eco-friendly harvesting and eradication, and the creation of…

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April 2021

Rob Carter: Cultured Lands

April 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - June 5, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

In partnership with the West Collection, we are thrilled to present environmental artist Rob Carter’s inventive creations that encourage a dialogue among America’s history of colonization, land exploitation and controlled cultivation of plants. This multimedia installation explores the sustainable future of our land while contextualizing it specific to Philadelphia’s history of colonization and industrial urbanization. As Rob Carter’s work equally brings together art, ecology and history, the exhibition explores humanity’s relationship with the natural and built environments and challenges us…

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Rob Carter: Cultured Lands Artist Discussion

April 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

Environmental artist Rob Carter’s work involves architecture, the science of plants, the environment and the history of colonialism. Join us for a virtual reception as he shares his fascination with how botany and urban development shape our shared environment. He will discuss his current research into the history and future of landscapes with Tina Plokarz, the Schuylkill Center’s Director of Environmental Art, and Lee Stoetzel, manager of the West Collection, a contemporary art collection in which several of Rob Carter’s…

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May 2021

Kickoff Ceremony for Al-Mudhif

May 31, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Join us as we kick off the construction of our next art installation, Al-Mudhif, with a dedication ceremony and a day building together in community. American veterans, Iraqi refugees, and the public will join environmental artist Sarah Kavage and Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi in constructing an Iraqi guest house, called a mudhif, traditionally made with reed grasses called phragmites. The building process involves tying bundles of reeds into 20-foot-long columns, and then shaping them into huge parabolic arches. Hand-woven mats are then tied…

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June 2021

Grand Opening of Al-Mudhif, Iraqi Guest House

June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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Free

It’s our first in-person public event since March 2020! Join us for the opening of the mudhif, the first Iraqi guesthouse built outside of Iraq. You’ll learn the 5,000-year history of this structure—constructed entirely out of phragmites reeds—while meeting its inspiring builders. Our gallery will be open for a stroll through the new exhibition that accompanies the art installation Al Mudhif outside. The evening includes land acknowledgement by Trinity Norwood and Reverend John Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, remarks by Al-Obaidi and…

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July 2021

Sowing Seeds – A Gathering

July 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

Join us for an exploration through the gallery exhibition in conjunction with Al Mudhif – A Confluence and an Iraqi tea ceremony in the sanctuary guest house on our grounds. Sharing space in Philadelphia, the artists will speak about the migration of plants and people. Featuring: Environmental Artist Sarah Kavage Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi Director of Environmental Art Tina Plokarz

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The Artist Is In

July 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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August 2021

UNLOCK ─ An in-progress performance by Propelled Animals

August 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

After two-weeks of residence at the Schuylkill Center the performance group Propelled Animals will present the in-progress performance UNLOCK. The performance is part of the group’s multi-year effort to creatively decolonize natural spaces through visual art and dance. They will roam and lead a guided procession centering on environmental justice, anti-racism, and healing lineages. Collective members Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Raquel Monroe, and Heidi Wiren Bartlett in collaboration with guest artists Tchin, Crux, and Emma White Thunder will interweave in their performance…

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The Artist Is In

August 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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September 2021

Reconciliation – A Healing Encounter

September 11, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Two decades after the trauma of 9/11 and subsequent American military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the moral injuries experienced by veterans fundamentally unsettled their beliefs. We brought together Iraqi refugees, U.S. veterans and the public for the construction of Al Mudhif — an Iraqi ceremonial guesthouse entirely made out of invasive wetland reeds. Visitors will be led on a walk with wildlife expert Elizabeth Ellman, enjoy Iraqi tea/coffee, and listen to the sound recordings of veteran voices speaking about…

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The Artist Is In

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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October 2021

Trek ‘n Game (interactive card game)

October 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

From 2–4pm, guests will stroll along our trails, responding to prompts that are silly, physical, reflective, and everything in between—finding and deepening their connections to the natural world.  Featuring three distinct, beautifully illustrated card decks, each card has its own challenge or question. The card game, Aqua Marooned!, casts players as extraterrestrial explorers sent to explore earth’s mysterious “watersphere.” Vibrant pictures of plants, animals, and land are paired with prompts that ask players to get creative, use their bodies, reflect…

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Cultural Roots: Jewish-Iraqi Food and Conversation

October 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

Enjoy spicy and aromatic Jewish-Iraqi cuisine with chef Annabel Rabiyah of Awafi Kitchen (Boston), and discover the rich history of the Jewish Iraqi diaspora in the United States. Chef Annabel will demonstrate traditional recipes, and participants will taste a hearty Iraqi style beet stew (Kubba Schwandar) with optional meat dumplings, served with tea. While breaking homemade bread in our Iraqi guesthouse, we’ll talk with Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, cook Annabel Rabiyah, and artists of Al Mudhif Yaroub Al-Obaidi and Sarah Kavage, together exploring food, culture, and belonging. Space…

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December 2021

LESS IS MORE: Gallery Opening Reception

December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Celebrate the opening of Makeba Rainey’s new exhibition “LESS IS MORE: The Nature of Letting Go” with a restorative walk through the grounds and a conversation between the artist and collaborator Dominique London, facilitated by culture worker and healer Hakim Pitts. They’ll discuss the exhibition’s inspirations, Rainey’s printmaking process, finding sustenance in community, working with nature, and more. In her exhibition, Makeba Rainey will create meditative and restorative spaces in the gallery and outdoors, exploring how Black folks can access…

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January 2022

Day-Off Camp: Environmental Art

January 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$60 – $70

Environmental art or “eco-art” is created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental issues. The art often improves an area environmentally and highlights a specific environmental and/or social issue. Learn about our environmental art installations and create your own eco-art to take home. In addition to learning about and creating environmental art, campers will also work on a service project for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Day-off camps are for children ages 5-12 years old.…

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March 2022

In Color Birding

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Spot nature’s feathered species along our trails with Philadelphia-based In Color Birding Club. Offered alongside the gallery exhibition LESS IS MORE: The Nature of Letting Go, this outing will begin with a grounding in community and include periods of silence for reflection as well as joyful interactions with nature, birds, and each other. The outing is specifically for the BIPOC community. All access needs will be accommodated; please let us know. As space is limited to 40 participants, registration is…

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April 2022

Art Opening Companions

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Celebrate the opening of the new interactive art exhibition and installation “Companions - mas masarap magkasama'' at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education with a foraging walk, Filipino folk music and conversation with the artists. This opening reception includes a new gallery exhibition and outdoor installation created by Maria Dumlao and Bahay215 (Nicky Uy and Omar Buenaventura). In a series of interactive photographs and a site-specific installation—inspired by bahay kubo structures in the Philippines—the exhibition explores and ushers in dialogue…

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LandLab Info session (online)

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

Curious about the Schuylkill Center's LandLab Artist-in-Residence program? Join Tina Plokarz, Director of Environmental Art virtually and ask all of your questions! We'll tell you more about the residency, its goals and the application process.

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