Get Your Green On

Appearances: The Provincetown Green Arts Festival

Springtime in Provincetown is festival time. This year, we welcome a new festival to the schedule. Appearances: The Provincetown Green Arts Festival celebrates the intersection of the natural beauty that surrounds us and human creativity in all its forms. Sponsored by the Provincetown Conservation Trust and taking place literally all over town, this is truly a community festival. In fact, all events are free and open to the public.

Asked about the organization of the new festival, founder Dorothy Palanza and Provincetown Conservation Trust President Celine Gandolfo each demurely insist that the other has been the more important organizer of the two. In between, they also cite at least a dozen more individuals whose work has been central to the event. Clearly, an event of this impressive size and scope would not be possible without the active support of various integral members of the Provincetown community.

This much they can agree on – Palanza came up with the idea for an arts festival that would highlight the beauty of Provincetown’s natural environment two years ago, while visiting in the spring.
“I wanted to do something here in the spring because it’s just so beautiful at that time of year,” Palanza recalls.

Once the idea took root, it was hard to shake, but Palanza knew she’d need a major collaborator. This is where the Provincetown Conservation Trust came in. “I knew they were a perfect match for us,” Palanza says. “[The festival] will give them more exposure so people understand all the great work that they do.”

The result is a ten-day festival that will convert the whole town into a living, breathing art gallery and performance space, with everything represented, from dance to fine art, film to poetry, performance art to supersized outdoor sculpture. Performers and artists from around the country are contributing, but the focus is definitely on the local area, with 45 Outer Cape artists participating.