Community exhibition provokes awareness

SLP Nest to host climate justice art show


Jenna Cook

Juniors Ava Tronson and Chloe Richardson perform an interpretive dance while seniors Samantha Schug, Maranda Hoogenraad and Estelle Tronson read a poem at the Nest's open mic night March 15. The climate justice art show, which will include an open mic portion, will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Nest.

Jenna Cook and Amaia Barajas

Nest youth coordinator Ellen Pajor said she hopes the climate justice art show will help draw the attention to the difficult subject of the Earth’s wellbeing.

“Normally it’s a lot of doom and gloom, facts and figures, which is appropriate, it’s pretty doomy and gloomy. But it’s just a different way to express the seriousness of the issue,” Pajor said.

Pajor said the event will be split into two different sections, each focusing on a different art form.

“The first portion of it people can come and look at the art and get a snack and then the rest of it will be an open mic night related to the topic of climate justice,” Pajor said.

Senior Caroline Garland said she was invited to sing at the open mic portion of the show, where various mediums of art will be shown.

“It’s going to be an art show sort of thing so they’re going to have different things based on the Earth and non-pollution,” Garland said.

Pajor said Roots and Shoots organized the event to celebrate the Earth as well as help emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy planet.

“Earth Day was on Monday so they wanted to do something that tied in the theme specifically focusing on climate justice,” Pajor said.

Roots and Shoots member senior Ethan Hoeschen said he encourages as many people to attend as possible to spread the goal of the event.

“It’s a good way to get a message out that climate action is an important cause and if we are to reverse climate change a lot of steps would need to be taken and this a great way of gaining attention to the cause,” Hoeschen said.

Garland, who works at the Nest and has art on display, said events like the art show are beneficial for the community in many ways, including helping legislation pass, such as the Climate Action Plan.

“I think that it’s important that the citizens of St. Louis Park show up for events like this because this is what the representatives and people on the city boards and councils are looking for,” Garland said.

According to Pajor, the climate justice art show will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Nest.