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2013.04.15 - Mitchell Commemorates Earth Day on April 22nd
Mitchell College and Provenance Center
An examination of our environment in commemoration of Earth Day

April 22 through May 20, 2013


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As we all struggle to come to terms with the severe weather events that have affected the lives of everyone in our region over the last year, Mitchell College and the Provenance Center invite the community to consider the human implications.  UN/NATURAL DISASTERS” features a community procession from Mitchell Woods, across campus, and to the Beach, showcasing art installations in and around Mitchell Woods and at Mitchell Beach, and culminating with the opening of the “Un/Natural Disasters” art exhibition and related programming in the Mitchell College Library, all in commemoration of Earth Day, Monday, April 22.  Events will unfold beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the entrance to Mitchell woods.  All programming is free and open to the public.  Outdoor installations and the Library exhibit will remain on display until May 20th.   In the event of rain, all programming will take place at the Library commencing at 4:30 p.m.  Planning and artistic efforts have been underway throughout the spring semester, engaging local artists with Mitchell students enrolled in classes throughout the curriculum.
Victoria E. Brennan, Ph.D., Professor, Science, Technology, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics (STEM) Department of Mitchell College will formally open the programming. Featured artists are: Diane Barcelo, Michael Bradford, Laurencia Ciprus, Guido Garaycochea, Patrick Raycraft, and RT Spitz.  The Library exhibit, curated by Nadesha Mijoba, Director of Provenance Center, aims to engage the viewer in asking questions such as, “Have weather patterns changed in recent years?” “Is the ‘nature’ of ‘natural disasters’ different today than it was, say 20 years ago, 50 years ago?” “Is the phenomenon of global warming, namely the planet-wide environmental changes believed by most scientists to be the result of human behavior, actually changing the degree of severity and predictability of the weather?” Whether or not the earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters of recent years have been directly prompted by the activities of modern human life is a question that will remain unanswered at this point.  The goal of the exhibit is to highlight such drastic meteorological events while also raising the question about how we may be influencing our weather through relentless industrialization, consumerism and global pollution. The events of the day aim to foster an opportunity to reflect on both our individual contributions to this problem and the efforts of our community to promote a healthier environment. 
For more information call Suzanne Bartels at 860-701-5155 or email
Mitchell College is a private coeducational independent college offering bachelor and associate degrees in 20 programs of study, as well as the Thames Academy post-graduate program. The College is dedicated to providing a challenging education in a caring and cooperative student-centered environment. Located on a 68-acre waterfront campus, Mitchell College's 940 students come from 27 states and three foreign countries.
The “UN/NATURAL DISASTERS” exhibition helps foster the mission of Provenance Center, to serve as a forum for people to explore and examine all dimensions of culture through the lens of artistic expression.