Feathers of Hope

Feather of Hope at Cumming Nature Center

September 4 & 5 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a community art project and create a Feather of Hope to add to a woodland sculpture! Based on Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the thing with feathers," local Finger Lakes artist Kim Bellavia is creating a figurative sculpture located on the Helen Gordon Trail at Cumming Nature Center. This figure will be sitting in a nest made out of organic, natural materials such as grapevine, willow branches, and sticks. Through her work, Bellavia will use the imagery of nesting and owls to explore the themes of transformation, hope, and home that have emerged during the pandemic.

On Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5, the public is invited to come and paint a wooden feather with something that gives them hope. Participants will then hang their feather of Hope on the nest, slowly adding to the installation over the weekend. This sculpture will remain on the Helen Gordon Trail through October 31, 2021.

Community workshop dates: September 4 & 5
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (this event is come-and-go)

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater’s Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants Program.

Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants