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Celebrating Our Streams and Waterways
May 9th & 10th, 2015
Saturday 10 - 6 & Sunday 11 - 5
Roosevelt Center
Historic Greenbelt, Maryland

Messages from Mother Earth

Call for Entries:
Visual Artists, Poets and Writers

All ages are invited to become part of the Green Man Festival, for a two month long exhibit at the New Deal Cafe during May and June, 2014.

Visions of the Waters

Instructions for submitting art and get involved!

Join us for the 11th Annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival This Year we celebrate our streams and waterways.

Just as Tom Wisner (Bard of the Chesapeake) did in his travels around the Bay, we invite you to also be inspired by water... to become part of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival in May. Share some space along side some of Tom's favorite pieces by his fellow artists! Like many, he spent long hours along the waterways making music, painting and writing. Not a visual artist? Perhaps poetry and music are possibilities for you to consider creating and sharing, just like Tom did, before his untimely death in 2010.

Water! When it shape-shifts into its many forms, such as ice and snow along roadways, it may also produce potholes that become mini-grand canyons. Artists, captured or captivated by such natural disasters, have even been known to party around these traffic-stopping ponds in the city. With just one brief, unworldly encounter, it can trigger the poet in us all, but so can floating gardens of waterlilies.

Water! And what would childhood dreams be without mermaids from the deep waters? With their captivating beauty and song, they have invaded costumes, full length movies, toys and decorative mini-sculptures in fish tanks.

Water! Then there are the sea chanties and songs of hope sung from barges, or ballads composed aboard river boats.

There's no doubt many of us live in a world of water, so it's fitting to take time out to celebrate all water sprites; fertile river basins; creatures such as crayfish, turtles and crabs; and rain-fed forests that make the Chesapeake Watershed their home.

Bring us your renderings, watercolors, paintings, sketches, poems, and field notes that show your connection to “the Waters”. Let your art be part of the message of the Green Man.

Join us, rain or shine, for two days of music, vendors, crafts, environmental awareness, food, and fun in beautiful downtown!

Downstream Journey

Through the Chesapeake Watershed
This year will bring to light some of our best kept secrets about sustainable living downstream: those places we all share. You will hear lively songs about the bay, find out how scientists and local citizens have learned to protect our waterways, appreciate native animal and plant life rich in diversity, view aquatic bugs from local streams, see art inspired by mermaids and fishermen, and enjoy good food and company!

Festival activities will reconnect us to the folklore of ancient civilizations through science, art, music and myth by featuring many local artists, musicians and performers from Maryland as well as other parts of the country.


The Green Man Festival became a project of CHEARS in 2008. CHEARS, the Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of all who share the Chesapeake watershed environment. For more information go to the CHEARS website.