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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Celebrate Earth Day with screening of “Toy Story 4,” family activities at the Art Museum


EnviroFlick_Toy Story 4Springfield Environmental Services and the Springfield Art Museum are teaming up to host a free, family friendly Earth Day event, 1-5 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at the Springfield Art Museum (1111 E. Brookside Drive). Families will learn about environmental stewardship and sustainability while discovering new ways to make toys from trash.

The film “Toy Story 4” will begin in the Art Museum auditorium at 1 p.m. as part of the Environmental Services department’s “Enviro Flick” movie screening series. Various make and take toy and activity stations will be available until 5 p.m.

“Toy Story 4 is a perfect reminder that toys can be created from many different resources – including the recycling bin!” says Environmental Services Education Outreach Coordinator Laurie Davis. “The message of repurposing and reusing is incorporated throughout the entire movie. Forky is a great example of creating something new and loved from something that would otherwise end up in the landfill.”

Released in 2019, Toy Story 4 follows Woody and Buzz Lightyear as the pair and the other toys go on a road trip with Bonnie, who creates Forky, a spork made with recycled materials from her school. Forky is convinced he is trash and doesn’t fully understand his important role in the world.

“We’re also excited that this event is taking place during the final weekend of the Art Museum’s All School Exhibition,” says Davis. “This will further drive home the message that creativity and use of the imagination are skills that are just as essential as any other subject area. Art can be created from a treasure trove of everyday materials and inspiration is all around us.” 

The event and activities are offered at no charge. Toy Story 4 is rated G.

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected]


Learn more about the EnviroFlick movie series.
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