In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with gay activist and artist Jay Critchley about the 24th Annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla that happens today, September 10th. Hundreds of swimmers, kayakers, volunteers and the public will be participating in this fabulous Provincetown fundraising tradition presented by the Provincetown Community Compact. Swimmers across the country will swim the 1.4 mile across Provincetown Harbor to benefit the following community organizations and projects: Helping Our Women. AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Outer Cape Health Services, Provincetown Rescue Squad, Lower Cape Ambulance, Academy at Provincetown Schools, Soup Kitchen of Provincetown, The Compact Community Fund and Safe Harbor AIDS Documentary. Last year swimmers raised $200,000.
Critchley stated, “We take four hundreds swimmers across to Long Point Light and they swim back to The Boatslip Resort. It’s the 24th year and we’ve raised close to three million dollars in that time to support women’s health, AIDS and other community projects. So it’s really become a major Provincetown event the Saturday after Labor Day.” The weekend events include the Celebration of Life free concert on Friday September 9th at the UU Meeting House. On Saturday is the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla followed by the Mermaid Brunch and awards ceremony at the Boatslip Resort.
Artist Jay Critchley's visual and environmental activism have traversed the globe. His one person show “Deep Bones” is currently at the Freight + Volume Gallery in New York City which received reviews from the New York Times, The Village Voice and Forbes. A longtime Provincetown resident he utilizes the town, landscape, harbor, beaches and dunes as his medium. Jay has taught at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and has had a residency at Harvard University. His social practice includes running the Provincetown Community Compact which sponsors the annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla in its 24th year set for September 10, 2011.
So put on your most fabulous swim cap and join the festivities!
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