• About Fierce Lament

    2018 Marks the 3rd year of Fierce Lament!


    Fierce Lament is produced annually by Minneapolis artist Camille J. Gage. Annual projects bring together artists, activists, galleries, environmentalists, writers, Indigenous leaders, and other collaborators in inquiry and co-creation in recognition of Earth Day.


    With the new administration shrinking the Environmental Protection Agency and dismantling the rules and regulations that protect our air, earth and water, Fierce Lament 2018 is focusing on temporal community-based art, gatherings, marches and actions that address these destructive proposals.


    A Fierce Lament book is also being produced in 2018, for publication in Fall, 2018. Red Bird Chapbooks of St Paul, MN is the publisher.


    Fierce Lament is inspired by the belief that everyone has has a role to play as we try to create a sustainable future.


    To list your event or gathering on the Fierce Lament calendar and media releases email fiercelament@gmail.com


    I understand the loss that leads to despair…

    It has happened to us and is happening to the land, the breaking of the heart of creation.

    - Linda Hogan

  • Fierce Lament: The Book


    Dena Al-Addeb

    Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist, writer, scholar-activist, and a mama born in Baghdad, Iraq and is currently based in Oakland, California. Her artwork takes on varied practices including performance, installation, video, photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, sound, and writing. Dena’s work refracts the political aesthetic of memory, marginalized historical narratives and performative commemorations. Her work is concerned with dis/embodied experiences and how these resonate across fragmented encounters of time and space.

    Lisa Marie Brimmer

    Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee artist. She has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something and the anthology Walk Towards It. Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues (Pillsbury House Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Black Dog Cafe, Intermedia Arts, SPACE, the Turf Club, Fineline Music Cafe, The Loft Literary Center’s Equilibrium Series, Open Book and more) and a few in Wisconsin. She has also been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI. Learn more: lisamariebrimmer.com & @2speakease.

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  • 2018 Calendar of Events

    A listing of events and other happenings on and around Earth Day 2018



    March for Science Minnesota is a non-partisan organization devoted to advocating for science as a tool for the public good and as a guide for the progress and sustainability of society. On April 14th, Minnesotans will rally at the capitol showing solidarity in support of the importance of science and evidence-based decision making. For more information visit the March for Science website.

    Pints For Purpose: March For Science Minnesota / Tin Whiskers Brewery


    Tin Whiskers Brewery has partnered with March For Science Minnesota!

    On April 14th, $1 of every pint sold from 2-4 PM goes towards March for Science Minnesota's work, and we hope you can join us!

    About Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.:
    Tin Whiskers is on a mission to make technically excellent beers, and is the perfect place for beer-nerds and non-nerds alike. They bring their electrical engineering backgrounds into the brewery with their beer names, listing of ingredients and their scientific approach to the brewing process and branding, including circuit board flight holders and the creation of new and innovative beers.

    About March For Science - Minnesota:
    The March for Science is a diverse, nonpartisan group that defends and celebrates publicly funded and publicly accessible science as a foundation of American freedom and prosperity. Science guides nearly every aspect of our lives and it is critical that political leaders and policymakers support scientific research and incorporate science into their decision making. See more at the Facebook event page.

    Sunday, April 22, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

    Happy Earth Day! Happy International Yoga Day!!


    It seems that the earth is, once again, in a state of major crisis - both environmentally and politically. Let's come together to reignite our commitment and celebrate our connection to caring for this amazing planet!

    Please join us for FREE Community Fun as we celebrate together - playing yoga, live Kirtan music, a new Art Opening and tasty food.

    For complete information visit Yoga Sanctuary website.

    Earth Day at MLK

    Saturday, April 21, 9:30 AM to Noon

    Earth Day at MLK
    Saturday, April 21, 9:30 AM - Noon
    MLK Park, backyard

    Grab a bag and walk down to the park, collecting garbage as you go. Or bike down for the bike rodeo and take a bag with you to collect garbage when you leave! Neighborhood Forest will also be on hand giving away 50 White Pine trees to kids and their families to plant and nurture in their own yards!


    Come enjoy coffee and bagels, donated by our local Bruegger’s Bagels and our local green space.


    If you have questions regarding this event contact KFNA Board Member Aaron Shaffer at Aaron@kingfield.org.

    Lyndale Green Expo: Creating Sustainable Community Together

    Saturday, April 21, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Lyndale Green Expo: Creating a Sustainable Community Together
    Saturday, April 21, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Lyndale on at the Lyndale Community School (312 W 34th St)

    Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s inaugural green event is focused on bringing organizations and people together to learn more about living a greener lifestyle. In addition to community favorites like Butter Bakery Café, Blaisdell YMCA, and the Lyndale Community Dinner, city-wide organizations like Spark-Y, All Energy Solar, Minneapolis Toy Library, and Zero Wasted will host tables to give tips and tricks for creating a more sustainable community.


    The first 50 people to the event will get a Chinook Book and Neighborhood Forest will be there giving away trees to kids and their families to plant and nurture in their own yards! In addition to a raffle, DIY trail mix station, and games and activities for adults and kids alike, at the event LNA’s Corner Garden will be selling bags of compost for just $3!

    This event is free and all are welcome!



    Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
    Countdown to April 22


    From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

    In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
    inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

    Check out this link to learn more about how to take action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond!


    Saturday April 21 - morning - see below for schedule

    5K Bee Run - free and open to all!!!

    Join us on Saturday, April 21 at Boom Island Park for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River. Dogs are welcome!

    REGISTRATION opens at 7:30 am
    KIDS RUN starts at 8:30 am
    FUN RUN/WALK starts at 9 am



    Rescheduled to May 12


    Family Fun Twin Cities

    List of Earth Day Events

    Earth Day and various

    Family Fun Twin Cities has gathered a long list of family-friendly Earth Day activities in communities all across the TC Metro = check them out on the website!


    Fierce Lament 2017


    The Big Green Dance Party

    Celebrating Earth Day with love and happiness. #resist


    The Bird, 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Saturday, April 22

    Doors at 7 PM

    Music 8 PM to Midnight


    $5 in advance $10 at the door.

    Cash bar.

    Tickets available soon - BRING YOUR TICKET FOR ENTRY

    100% of net ticket proceeds to March for Science/MN and People’s Climate March.


    Presented by The Bird and Fierce Lament


    Create work for Earth Day/Fierce Lament

    Create to honor our Earth!

    Create work to mark Earth Day and honor our live-giving earth, air and water. Work can be in ANY form:

    Community Events

    Street Theater

    Gallery Exhibitions

    Temporary Exhibits

    Public Art Actions

    Garden/Green space work


    Teach Ins

    Book Club readings



    The sky - and your imagination - are the only limits!


    List your event, community gathering, street theater, teach in or march on the Fierce Lament calendar

    Simply email us at fiercelament@gmail.com with the following information and we'll add you to the calendar.






    WEBSITE (if applicable)




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    To add your event to the calendar email fiercelament@gmail.com

    Community Calendar


    Mar 22

    World Water Day


    April 19

    MN Day of Water Action

    There are many many events/action across Minnesota! Just search "MN day of water action" to learn how you can be involved.


    April 22




    April 22, 2017

    11 AM - 2 PM

    11:00 March starts at Cathedral Hill Park

    12:00 Rally at Minnesota State Capital



    On April 22, 2017, a coalition of Minnesotans from all professions and all walks of life, various non-profits, labor unions, and religious groups are marching on the state capitol to show support of higher education and the discovery, access, and understanding of scientific information. We are working to protect and defend science funding, regulatory agencies, and evidence based policy-making in recognition that science plays a vital role in the progress and sustainability of society.

    1. Policy decisions should be based on evidence and scientific consensus.
    2. No censorship of scientific data. Science paid for by the public needs to be available to the public.
    3. Dedicated, generous public funding for scientific research to further the aims of a healthy and educated public

    Fierce Lament 2017-BIG GREEN DANCE PARTY

    April 22, 2017

    Doors 7PM, Music 8:00 to midnight. $5 adv/$10 at the door.

    The Bird 1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Tickets at www.biggreendanceparty.eventbrite.com


    Join us to dance and celebrate Earth Day! A dance party to benefit the People's Climate March and Science March-MN.

    With Dj's Lori Barbero and Christian Fritz.


    Produced by Fierce Lament and The Bird


    Yoga Sanctuary- Workshop
    April 22, 2017
    2:30-5:30pm $35- includes materials
    Register + Info @ www.YogaSanctuaryMpls.com  
    As tree buds hover on the cusp of blossom and the ground is heavy and soggy beneath us, we are aware of this amazing planet that holds and sustains our existence in every way. What a majestic place that deserves our steadfast care.
    April 22 is EARTH DAY! Yoga Sanctuary will be celebrating with a Creative Community Workshop making one-of-a-kind FLAGS of HOPE!
    Textile Artist Annabella Miller Sardelis will teach this natural process and Shelley will lead collective yoga + meditation to awaken us to our lives in this place and time.

    April Give Back - Earth Day Clean Up

    April 22, 2017

    9:30AM to Noon

    Loring Park, Minneapolis

    Millennials of Minneapolis

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-give-back-earth-day-cleanup-tickets-32825722620?aff=es2


    Get ready to roll-up your sleeves, Millennials! On Saturday, April 22nd, come out and join your fellow Twin Cities young professionals in an Earth Day Clean Up volunteering event. From 9:30 - noon we will be at Loring Park, collaborating with other community members, to pick-up trash and debris. We will provide the gloves and trash bags so all you need do is show up.


    Deborah Foutch - Earth Day Show

    April 22

    5-9 pm

    1720 Madison St NE, Minneapolis

    Casket Arts

    Carriage House


    5K Bee Run
    April 22

    9:30 am-noon



    Join us for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River

    REGISTRATION opens at 7:30 am
    FUN RUN/WALK starts at 9 am
    RIVER CLEANUP starts at 9:30 am


    Earth Day Celebration
    Date: Saturday, April 22th, 2017
    Time: 8 am – 1 pm
    Cost: Free



    A fun and educational experience for the whole family! Booths, exhibits and activities offer information about water quality, energy efficiency, land management, and much more. The Annual Earth Day event at PWELC is a collaborative effort of PWELC, Middle Fork Crow River Watershed, North Fork Crow River Watershed, CROW, MPCA, Kandiyohi County SWCD, dozens of volunteers and over thirty exhibitors.

    Pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 am – 10 am. (free will donation)

    The 2017 theme: TBD

    Keynote presentation: MN Zoo Zoomobile

    Enjoy food, entertainment, kid activities and information about “greening” your life. Visit w/ local watershed groups and natural resource professionals.

    Free trees, live hawk and reptiles, DNR fish tank, SWCD Soil Tunnel, Indoor climbing wall, nature scavenger hunt, water quality info, ag. best management practices, flintknapping and archaeology displays, soapmaking, kids yoga, fly tying demo, DNR Laser Shot & more.

    No pre-registration necessary.


    Reminder: “We want your SHOES!” We will be collecting good used shoes at EARTH DAY for our WorldWear fundraising project.
    Please call for more info: 320-354-5894 THANKS!!







  • 2018 Calendar of Events

    A listing of Earth Day related events across the Twin Cities


    Saturday April 14, 12 to 2 PM

    Rally at Minnesota State Capitol

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155


    March for Science Minnesota is a non-partisan organization devoted to advocating for science as a tool for the public good and as a guide for the progress and sustainability of society. On April 14th, Minnesotans will rally at the capitol showing solidarity in support of the importance of science and evidence-based decision making.


    For more information visit the March for Science website

  • Who We Are

    The work is serious but our methods are rooted in love of life and gratitude for this day. 

    Here. Now. Happy. 

    Camille Gage

    Artist, water walker, project organizer, lamenter in chief


    Mother, muse and inspiration. 

  • Big Thanks

    Thanks to these organizations, businesses and individuals for being part of the village:

    Science March - MN

    Red Bird Chapbooks



    Fierce Lament is coordinated by artist and activist Camille Gage. It’s mission is to honor and promote Earth Day and provide a banner for co-promoting events, pop-ups, talks and teach-ins that address environmental stewardship and global climate change.



    To add your event to the calendar email fiercelament@gmail.com

    Community Calendar

    March 4

    6 – 9PM

    The River: Memory and Metaphor on the Mississippi

    Opening reception

    MN Center for Book Arts


    The River will not only display a diversity of techniques, methods and approaches as they pertain to book, paper and print, but will also demonstrate the variety of ways the Mississippi has influenced and guided artists in their creative practice. It will be a dynamic exhibition that demonstrates the communicative power of narrative in relation to America’s greatest river.


    Mar 22

    World Water Day



    Mar 25 to April 1st

    Mni’Sota River Water Walk

    Nibi Walk


    Walk of the MNi’Sota River led by Sharon Day


    April 5


    Moral Action in a Changing Climate

    MN Interfaith Power and Light

    FB event


    St Andrews Lutheran Church

    900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115

    A positive, solution-focused discussion with Paul Douglas. Paul is breaking ground in his approach to our changing climate. He will explain how caring for the environment is caring for people – and how we can leave a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren; a livable world with less waste and suffering.


    April 10 to 21

    6PM Reception on Saturday, April 16

    At A Loss

    Island Gallery

    2222 1/2 East 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    At A Loss is a solo exhibition of work created by the artist Sarita Zaleha while on residency in Iceland. This work is an invitation to make connections and establish relationships with the environment and its elements. It also encourages the viewer to explore the form of the net and networked systems, particularly the financial exchanges of global capitalism, a system that has contributed greatly to global warming.

    For more info check out the Facebook event.


    April 16



    MN Center for Book Arts


    WaterWays is an open-house event that is open to all ages for free workshops in MCBA’s studios. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition, The River.


    April 17

    9 to 10AM

    Earth Sunday Presentation

    St Joan of Arc


    A special service and celebration of Earth in word, song and pictures.


    April 18-22


    Water Action Week

    Throughout the week, Governor Dayton, Lieutenant Governor Smith, and our state commissioners will be traveling throughout Minnesota to focus attention on resources and actions that help conserve and protect our most precious resource: water. They’ll also visit schools to talk to kids about the importance of clean water. Complete schedule to be released April 18 - watch for more here!


    April 19

    6 to 9PM

    The Visibility Cloak

    Produced by Sustainable We/MPLSGreen.com

    Hosted by Mikki Morrissette

    Location: the Club Room at Red Stag

    How are we making the rape and brutality of our land/air/water and people visible? An open temporary installation about the power of data, imagery, citizen video, personal storytelling. 7-8pm forum: We'll hear from Healthy Legacy and the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy about toxins. We'll spotlight Sarah Super's "Break the Silence" movement around rape. How are we making Black Lives Matter?


    April 21

    7 to 9PM

    Wild Wonders: Words of the World

    Produced by Word Sprout

    Location: The Club Room at Red Stag

    Poetry reading hosted by Alison Broeren and Word Sprout


    April 22

    6 – 9PM

    Fierce Lament at Form + Content Gallery Artist's Reception

    Form + Content Gallery


    Exhibition featuring the work of Alyssa Bagus, Jonee Brigham, Andrea Carlson, Sean Connaughty, Heid Erdrich, Greg Euclid, Camille Gage, Kara Faye Gregory, Meena Mangalvedhekar, lela Pierce, Deborah Ramos, Dana Sikkila, and Cameron Zebrun. Curated by Camille Gage,

    Reception is free and open to the public.


    April 23

    Resilient Faith: The Greening of Religions on a Tough New Planet

    MN Interfaith Power and Light


    As part of an ongoing interfaith collaboration, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and Hamline University are welcoming Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart to the Twin Cities for a conversation on "Resilient Faith: The Greening of Religions on a Tough New Planet".


    April 23

    9:30 AM to Noon

    Lake Hiawatha Clean Up

    Minneapolis Park Board

    Enjoy snacks, discuss water quality issues and help clean this beautiful lake! Join the Minneapolis Park Board and communities members at the Nokomis Community Center for the Earth Day Lake Hiawatha Clean Up.

    Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Ave, MPLS

    More information available here.


    April 23

    1 - 4PM

    Earth Day Comes to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts!

    Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts


    A special edition of Banfill-Locke's Family Art Sunday to commemorate Earth Day 2016! Including art activities and an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt that incorporates the current gallery show. Head out for a fun day of art and enjoy the grounds of Banfill-Locke, Manomin Park and the Mississippi River!


    April 28

    5:00 to 6:00 PM

    Sharon Day, Water Walker

    All My Relations Gallery

    This event features Sharon Day, Water Walker, and founder of the Nibi Walk initiative. Day will be performing Ojibwe song and ladies drum. There will also be a Nibi Walk film screening.


    In conjunction with Synthesis, new paintings by Aza Erdrich.


    April 28

    7:30 PM

    Salt of the Earth

    Casket Cinema


    Casket Cinema will show the documentary film, Salt of the Earth.

    Free will donations encouraged.


    May 1

    Time: 7 PM

    Love Nocturnal unplugged for Fierce Lament

    Music by the band Love Nocturnal and other guests TBA.

    The Club Room at Red Stag

    Love Nocturnal is a new music fusion project out of Minneapolis, with the pulse of Americana and a spirit that spans genres. This concert will feature the group's songwriters Renée Copeland and Kalen Rainbow Keir.


    May 12

    7 PM

    Fierce Lament: A Poetry Reading

    Hosted by JoyFace and MPLS Write Now

    At Form + Content Gallery, Paula Cisewski hosts.


    Featuring Paula Cisewski, Francine Conley, M.J. Gette, G.E. Patterson and Juliet Patterson.


    May 12

    7:30 PM

    Live Arts: performance curated by Laurie Van Wieren

    Presented by Soo Visual Arts Center and Silverwood Regional Park.

    SooVAC and Laurie Van Wieren's Live Arts are taking a field trip to Silverwood Park. Join us for this FREE spring performance.
    Megan Mayer with performer Matt Regan
    Abigail Whitmore (aka Abby Johnson)
    Brenna Mosser with Daniel Uphues, Jenny Thelen, H.Uyen Nguyen and Colton Mosser.
    We will meet at the visitor center. Refreshments and a stroll through this gorgeous park included!

    See the Facebook event for complete information!


    May 12 – July 31

    Times - see website

    Seeds of Change

    MN Museum of American Art

    MMAA Project Space


    An exhibition of photographs, video, and stories by Minneapolis multimedia artist and digital storyteller Mike Hazard, co-presented with the Hmong American Farmers Association.


    May 22

    9AM – 4PM

    Youth Be The Spark

    Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light


    A youth-oriented day of environmental learning where young leaders can gain inspiration to take the lead in creating the kind of world where we meet everyone’s needs fully and fairly, maintain community resilience in the face of challenges and nurture respect and joy in the creative Spirit of life on Earth. In coordination with Positive Energy Outdoors we will venture onto a lake to kayak, work with horses, and go rock climbing! We'll also enjoy a warm lunch and fun, experiential workshop.