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THE POLLINATOR’S CORRIDOR
An Author Event & Film Short Presentation
Guest Author: Aaron Birk (“The Pollinator’s Corridor”)
Featured Short: Bees in the Key of A by Brynmore Williams
The gorgeous historic Lowell building, the Spalding House, is the next locale for our first film for the month of July! Newly formed non-profit Mill City Grows, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, and the Lowell Film Collaborative welcome Philadelphia-based artist Aaron Birk as he presents his poignant ecological graphic novel, The Pollinator’s Corridor. Join us in the beautiful Spalding House for a lively presentation where Aaron will speak on the intersection of urban ecology, gardening, and one of nature’s magical pollinators — BEES. Following Aaron’s talk, we’ll screen Brynmore Williams’ brilliant, mesmerizing short film Bees in the Key of A, our #1 favorite of the Boston-produced collection of 12 shorts released under the appropro title, Twelve. We couldn’t have found a more PERFECT movie match for this unique event!
Set in the aftermath of the 1970′s landlord fires, The Pollinator’s Corridor follows the lives of three friends who attempt to convince wild bees and butterflies to cross the Bronx by planting ‘corridors’ of native flora throughout the industrial wasteland. Connecting fragmented forests, watersheds, and city parks, our heroes restore biodiversity to the blighted ghetto by uniting marginalized communities and laying the foundations of ecological health in an age of crisis and decline.
AARON & HIS REMARKABLE PROJECT
Aaron began work on The Pollinator’s Corridor in 2003 while employed as a forester in Central Park, NY. Along with his efforts in restoration ecology, he continues to hone his craft in illustration, puppetry, and acrobatics. He is sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts and is the recipient of two major grants from The Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. Proving that the art of the graphic novel is truly alive and well, The Pollinator’s Corridor received over $15,000 in grant funding through three major foundations, including The Independence Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Cultural Alliance, and was featured in The Bronx Museum of the Arts as well as the cover of the Philadelphia City Paper.
After being introduced to Aaron’s stunning novel, we know you’ll want your very own copy! The Pollinator’s Corridor will be available for purchase and a book signing and open discussion will round out the evening — questions about urban ecology, gardening, and bee keeping especially welcomed! Delicious light refreshments will include locally grown food by Mill City Grows which will be lovingly prepared by UTEC’s Fresh Roots Catering Program.
Spalding House is a charming, intimate space, and seating is LIMITED to just 40 persons. Reserve your seat TODAY via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-934-0030.