We Are Essential picnic and festival

Sunday, May 19, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1819 Stewart St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Public Works' Resource Recovery and Recycling and Water divisions and artist Debra Scacco's "Laboratory for the Future" project presents “We Are Essential”, a picnic and festival to kick off Public Works Week at Gandara Park on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. All are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy the park and celebrate the Public Works staff, infrastructure and systems that we rely upon. The aims of "We Are Essential" are to celebrate essential workers, promote organics recycling and share good zero waste habits that everyone can participate in. 

This casual backyard picnic-style affair will feature performers in rotation from the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, including 100 students and a mariachi, a special appearance from Santa Monica's Poet Laureate Anne Carmack and song from experimental vocalist Sharon Chohi Kim. Family-friendly activities include a "where does waste go?" cornhole game, a blind water taste test, a photo op with one of Santa Monica's own sanitation trucks and driver, a coloring activity for the young ones and seed and compost giveaways. The Hamburger Planet food truck will be on hand to fill in picnic gaps, but all are invited to bring a blanket and some nibbles to enjoy the event.

This picnic is a project of Laboratory for the Future, a range of activations at and about City Yards includes public events, a speaker series, photo projects, cartography and exhibitions created by Artist in Residence Debra Scacco. More at https://www.santamonica.gov/city-yards-public-art.

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