Action for Earth: Keeping Our
Rivers and Trails Clean

Library program engages students, families and the larger community
in a program dedicated to keeping the local rivers and trails clean.

Created by over 6,000 children, families, librarians, environmental leaders, teachers, principals, and community leaders from across Canton, Michigan, this mosaic mural represents the unique process of collaboration where participants use art with a message to share their personal perspective on solutions to their community’s environmental challenges and the beauty of the nature that surrounds them.

Families not only had a chance to create artwork at special public mural days but also had the opportunity to submit artwork from their schools and connect their artwork creation to an action project in which they participated in helping to clean up the local river and trail network.

The mosaic was unveiled in June 2010 where participants had the chance to look up their artworks and find their location in the giant mosaic using the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum.



Everyone in my family created an artwork for the mosaic mural. It was so much fun to see how all of our artworks turned into one big picture. In my artwork I drew the river that goes through my neighborhood and the baby ducks that I saw during our cleanup day. I think it is important that we make sure our river stays clean so the ducks and swans can live there.