All this month, we are exploring the concept of “Trash and Treasure” here at Connect Shore. But we don’t just like to sit around reflecting…we like to get out and do things in our community, too!
So here are a few events that we came up with to have a little fun and further educate ourselves on re-purposing, reusing, recycling, and re-assessing what’s valuable in our lives. Let us know if you have any other great ideas for us!
1. First stop, the Salem Film Fest!
This year, at this very cool celebration of documentaries from around the globe, they will be screening 32 films from 17 countries, including “West of Memphis” from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg. It recounts the tale of current Salem resident Damien Echols who, as a teenager, was sentenced to death for murder, despite a lack of any forensic evidence.
While scanning the schedule, I happened to notice that there was a trash and treasure doubleheader on Saturday, March 9! At 10am, they will be showing “Trash Dance,” where a choreographer “finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash.” Then, at noon, you can catch “The Missing Piece,” an account of the famous 1911 heist of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.
The Salem Film fest kicks off on March 7, and you can find out more here.
2. Then, onto a workshop on public art.
In between film screenings, we are hoping to check out this upcoming meeting: “Imagine Art Here: A Public Art Visioning Session for the Salem Community.” Organized by the City, in conjunction with the Salem Partnership and the Peabody Essex Museum, this creative workshop will help inform the development of a Public Art Master Plan. It sounds like a great chance to consider how we value, use, and re-purpose the streets, squares, and parks of our town. It will be held on Tuesday March 12 from 6 to 8pm at the Salem Five Community Room at 210 Essex Street. Read the flyer here.
3. Let’s get to swappin’
Salem Recycles has organized a book swap for March 16 at the Senior Center at 5 Broad Street in Salem. These are great. You can bring, drop off, and/or take home as many books as you like. Read more here.
4. Next item on our to-do list? Attend the Trashfinder’s Ball!
Guests are invited to bring their best and most impressive curbside finds on Saturday, March 23rd at 7pm to the Franco-American Club in Beverly for judging and prizes. There’s also dancing to the improvisational band Found Objects and junk food to snack on. There is a also a Trashion show, so we are planning on wearing our coolest second hand threads. Find more information here.
5. Time to get creative! Here’s a call for “recycled” artwork
For those of you with creative yearnings, you can submit a piece to the upcoming ArcWorks Community Art Center group art show: “REPURPOSE.” Potential artistic contributors are asked to consider: “What items do we encounter daily that can be transformed into something else? Perhaps the items are not commonly seen, but behind the scenes. How do they influence us, our lives, and the world around us?” Submissions are due on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 5pm. The show is scheduled to open on April 25 at the ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody. For more information, see their Facebook event.