SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host a free 'Earth Day Festival' -- featuring an array of workshops, educational booths, food and activities -- April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Festival, designed to be engaging for all ages, will be held in the museum, art studios, and the sculpture park and is an extension of the themes of environment and exploration present in the Art Center's spring exhibitions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the exhibitions, participate in hands on art and science workshops and learn about ways to contribute to helping the environment in this area, as well as having the chance to speak with local naturalists, wildlife specialists, and park geologists.

Scheduled events include 'Science March for Children', which is intended illustrate that what unites the sciences and the arts is an insatiable curiosity. Families with kids to bring a poster, and and join the Art Center and similar marches worldwide in celebrating science at all levels. The march -- which will walk on sidewalks -- will begin gathering at 9 a.m. at Promenade Park adjacent to MONDO and sets off to its end point at the Art Center at 9:30 a.m.

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Participating organizations will include The Great Swamp Watershed Association, Greenfaith, The Rahway River Watershed Association, Tesla Community Incubator Space, NJ Drone Academy, Maker Depot, Ninth Wave Global and The Trailside Nature and Science Center.

The spring exhibitions on view include:

Matt Jensen: Park Wonder
Jessica Rohrer: Neighborhood Watch
Alice Momm: A Conversation with Trees
Interactive artwork by Brian Fernandez-Halloran – adults and kids can add to this hand cranked sculpture.

For more information contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908-273-9121, ext. 213.