Salt Tree Art Presents

The Fall Festoon

A Celebration of the Honey Bee

Salt Tree Art’s Fall Festoon was presented as a live event on October 17, 2020. You can continue to explore this event page for recordings of the live broadcast discussions, activities, and art all about the honey bee and other pollinators!

You can view the short orientation video for general event information, or use these buttons to navigate to specific event features.

What is a bee festoon? Honey bees will work together in linking their legs, forming a chain in the hive that crosses distances wider than a single bee. Festoons are believed to help bees form scaffolding for construction of the hive comb, though another theory believes festooning helps to measure distances in the design of the comb.

Join Our Discussions

Community Conversations

Recordings of our live broadcast discussions are available for viewing below, as well as information on the featured speakers.

City Bees

The Present and Future of Urban Beekeeping

Featured Panelists

Bees as Collaborators for Art and Science

Featured Panelists

Stingless Bees and Log Hives

Exploring Unique Honey-Cultivation Practices

Featured Speakers

Celebrate From Home

Digital Festival

You can explore our digital festival activities below. Participate in pollinator-themed make-along projects, check out our online art gallery, and join a waggle dance!

Share your creations, your art, and your dance moves with us! Use the hashtags #FallFestoon and @SaltTreeArt on social media so we can highlight your work!

Get Creative!

Make-Along Projects

Building a Pollinator Hydration Station

with Lauren Ullrich

Building a Mason Bee House

with Matt, Kristen, & Sienna Hollis

Building a Bee Ring Puppet

with Brian Soliwoda

For more pollinator-themed activities, check out Salt Tree Art’s environmental learning resource page. Our module on Bees & Other Pollinators includes a variety of educational exercises for learners of all ages.

Join Our Dance Party

Waggle It!

Participatory Dancing with Lauren Alzos

Project Partnerships and Supporters

This event was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

With Additional Support From

Michele & Charles Hollis

Jennifer & Matthew Glass

Joan M. Newman Philanthropic Fund, a gift of Joan Newman and Gail Soliwoda

Eileen Jurek

Bryant Sterczala

Jerilyn Perman

Deric McNish

Diane & Tim Soliwoda

Liz McCabe

Karen Soliwoda


Joe Polizzi

JT McGuinness

Scott Pidgeon & David Garland of Queens Farms