With spring in the air and Earth Day fast approaching, the greening of Norman is on the minds of many. As temperatures rise and trees come into bud, more people will be spending time outside, and a team effort from the Sam Noble Museum, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit system (CART) aims to make outside a little greener place to be. On Saturday, April 17, the team will co-host “Green Day 2010,” a combined effort to clean up trash and cut down emissions in Norman.
From 10 a.m. to noon, the team is calling for a community volunteer effort to pick up trash on Norman roadways. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot at Homeland on NW 24th and Robinson to be provided with vests and trash bags. Those who wish to ride CART to the pick-up spot can take the red Main Street n10 line and get off at 24th and Robinson. Volunteers will collect trash along west Robinson between 10 a.m. and noon. All volunteers will receive a pair of complimentary passes to both the Sam Noble Museum and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. In addition, both the Sam Noble Museum and the FJJMA will offer passes for one free museum admission to anyone riding CART any time on April 17.
Both museums are accessible from the CART black line or “Campus Loop,” Monday through Friday. (Visitors to the Sam Noble Museum should get off at the corner of Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue). The Sam Noble Museum also is accessible from the blue line or “Apartment Loop,” which will stop by request on Chautauqua Avenue at J. Willis Stovall Drive, the museum entrance, Monday through Saturday.
“Norman’s museums are a vital part of the city’s greater cultural experience,” said Ghislain d’Humières, director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “Our goal of celebrating art, culture and history through exhibitions, education and programming is only successful when we can collaborate with organizations in the community. Events like Green Day 2010 give us an opportunity to work together for the greater good of this wonderful community.”
“With recent city budget cuts to litter pick-up services, it’s up to the people in our community to help take up the slack in keeping Norman trash-free,” said Michael Mares, director of the Sam Noble Museum. “The museums want to be a part of that effort. We want Norman to be a place of beauty and our museums to be a role model for the community.”
“CART has always been all about cutting down on Norman’s carbon footprint and helping to preserve the environment,” said Kris Glenn, spokesperson for the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit authority. “Events like Green Day, as well as Dump the Pump and other partnerships we offer with our community neighbors help to remind Normanites to conserve energy, pitch in for the environment and work together to try to keep Norman clean and green.”
Additional information about Green Day 2010 is available online at http://news.snomnh.ou.edu/current/GreenDay2010.htm. For information about the Sam Noble Museum, visit www.snomnh.ou.edu or call (405) 325-4712. For information about the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, visit www.ou.edu/fjjma or call (405) 325-3272. Additional information about CART, with route maps and times, is available online at www.RideCART.com or by calling (405) 325-CART (2278).