The PEG Center Hosts “A River Called Justice: Evidence, Experience, and What We Can Do” at PRNWR Visitor Center  

Aug 11, 2023Arts & Culture

Newburyport, MA, Aug. 10, 2023 – Climate justice, its connection with racial inequality, and the impact of community action will be the topic of as special event hosted by the PEG Center for Art & Activism at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m. While the event is free to the public, registration is required. To save your seat, please sign up at: Light refreshments will be served.

“As part of our 3-month exhibition called ‘A River Runs Through Us,’ we are looking at the environmental issues of the Merrimack River. This evening dives into how different populations, cities and demographics are impacted by the growing climate crisis,” said Paula Estey, executive director of the PEG Center for Art & Activism

There will be three presenters, all of whom are highly respected leaders in their fields. The keynote speaker is Lesly Melendez, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence, which creates the building blocks of a healthy community and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. Climate activist and professional storyteller Judith Black is the winner of the Oracle Award, a member of Sustainable Marblehead, Climate Conversations, Scientists and Storytellers, 350MASS, and Extinction Rebellion. Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna, a researcher, educator, advocate, and consultant focuses on issues related to social justice and democratic governance. She will lead a moderated conversation with the other speakers about anti-racism and climate justice.

The PEG Center is open on Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to view the art for “A River Runs Through Us.”

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About the PEG Center for Art & Activism

The mission of the PEG Center for Art & Activism is to provide our clients and visitors with the transcendent beauty of contemporary art and to be a catalyst for conscious change. We seek to elevate the quality of our community and lives through creative expression, engaging conversations, and committed action. We create and nurture programming to address human rights, social justice, and the environment. Visit the PEG Center at 3 Harris St. in Newburyport, MA or follow us at for events, programs and more. Paula Estey can be reached at 978-376-4746 or