A group of Malden students collaborated with Urban Media Arts (UMA) and Malden River Works to create a Photo-Narrative project sharing pictures and reflections of the Malden River. Photos taken by the students and interns are on display at Gallery UMA through April 4.
On March 26, from 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., there will be a tour of the gallery at UMA (145 Pleasant St. in Malden). This will be followed by a screening of related short films and a follow-up discussion from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., which will be held nearby – at the Malden Senior Center (7 Washington St.). Food and beverages will be provided during the discussion/Q&A. There will also be an additional chance to view the gallery following the screening, from 4:30– 5:00 p.m. Media arts meets environmental activism at this eye-catching and inspiring event.
Tickets are donation based and can be reserved through Eventbrite-https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voice-of-the-malden-river-gallery-reception-and-screening-tickets-294036349637.
This project came out of ongoing programming with Malden students. Over the spring and summer of 2021, students from Malden Catholic and Malden High participated in cleaning up and documenting the land surrounding the Malden River. From these programs, they created the Photo-Narrative project and series of short films that will be on view on March 26.
On April 21, 2021, the students did a river cleanup at River’s Edge park in Medford while simultaneously capturing video and imagery to create a PSA project titled “Be a Role Model! Protect the Malden River!” to spread the word about the excessive plastic debris that is carelessly dumped into the river. With Karen Buck doubling as their tour guide and teacher, the students witnessed the leaking trash boom that was placed in the river to stop some, yet not all, of the ultimate damage done. They also interviewed and filmed Matt Preotle of Preotle, Lane and Associates to learn about the development at River’s Edge!