Earth Week: Art and Culture

Earth Week in the Rogue Valley


Hey there fellow art lovers! This week there is so much art and culture happening around us in the little Rogue Valley. Our group of dedicated bloggers decided to put our fingers to the keyboard and let you know about some awesome upcoming events. If you weren’t already aware, this week is Earth Week! That’s right! The week you’ve been waiting for all year is finally here. This is the week to walk, bike, and hike around the Rogue Valley to express your appreciation for this awesome world we live in. If you don’t have time to get out in the mountains this week, that’s okay there is plenty of spring and summer ahead of us for that. But how will you celebrate Earth Week in style if you can’t get out in nature? SOU’s very own Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS) is making sure that there is plenty for Earth lovers to do this week. They have a ton of events going on each day so that you can fully immerse yourself in Earth Week culture. Check out some events we’ve highlighted below!

Earth Day Extravaganza


Check out what this event is all about at:

April 18th 11am-2pm
Stevenson Union Courtyard on the SOU campus

Southern Oregon University’s ECOS club is hosting an event allowing participants to become involved in climate action! FREE admission! FREE food! This event is taking place Tuesday, April 18th from 11am-2pm in the Stevenson Union Courtyard on the SOU campus. This event will hold over 30 environmental organizations sharing information and tabling topics of discussion. The first 125 students to arrive will receive a free “Sustainability at SOU” mug! The trails and views surrounding Southern Oregon is art, protecting such beauty so we can enjoy for years to come is vital. For anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is interested in preserving the nature surrounding us, attend this event to learn more!

Siskiyou Film Festival Roadshow


Tuesday April 18, 6 pm to 8 pm, Stevenson Union Rogue River Room

Film is one of the most accessible ways of sharing art that there is. Film can convey emotion, imagery, and the passion of the film participants. I don’t know about you, but I love film! Today on the SOU campus there is an amazing opportunity to be immersed in the beauty of nature while still sitting inside away from the rainy Oregon skies. SOU’s Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS) and KS Wild, the host of the Siskiyou Film Festival, will be showing the four most popular films of the film festival. After the film showings there will also be an opportunity to interact with two of the film makers. This event is an amazing opportunity for film lovers, culture seekers, nature enthusiasts. Go check it out and let us know what you thought!

Painting Pots with RHA

1-painted-potsIf you want to express your creative abilities and also have a cool plant to take home with you this Earth Week activity is perfect for you. On Thursday April 20th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm come out to Raider Village, located outside the Hawk, to paint pots in an event held by the Residents Hall Association. The pots will be provided by the RHA for people that come by to design any way they please, when you’re finished designing your pot there will also be succulents to plant and take home! This event is a perfect way to connect with your local community at SOU while participating in Earth Week and also gives you a sustainable piece of art to take home after you’re done!

Siskiyou Singer Presents: For the Beauty of the Earth


During SOU’s Earth Week, on Saturday April 22nd from 7:30-9:30pm, and Sunday April 23rd from 3:00-5:00pm, SOU Music Recital Hall is hosting nature-inspired music sung by Siskiyou Singers. Now I Walk In Beauty, Morton Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night, Brahms’ Four Quartets, Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, and more will be presented at this event. Accompanying the music will be photographs of nature to emphasize the inspiration of these songs. Community members will be charged $20, and students and Oregon Trail Members will be charged $5 at the door. Ed Wight, a musicologist, will present a free pre-concert lecture about the music one hour before the concerts. Come on out and support Siskiyou Singers in light of Earth Week!


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