The ongoing program "Plug In @ The Robbins" invites the public to a free documentary screening at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Robbins Library Community Room, a recent news release said.

Based on the book The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde, the documentary "GIFT" looks at the connection between making art and the act of giving.

Washington Post film critic Michael O'Sullivan observed that through the stories of four artists, the director, Robin McKenna, explores "the idea that culture has a value beyond cash -- that both sides of the equation, both the getters and the givers, are enriched by something  that doesn't have a price tag, or at least not an obvious one."

It's recommended to read what author Margaret Atwood had to say about the book in The Paris Review; there is also a trailer for the film that can be seen here>> 

Plug In, a long-running cultural/educational series targeted to 50-plus adults, is made possible thanks to the John F. Barry and Margaret O'C. Barry Memorial Fund, the release noted.

Robbins Library is at 700 Mass. Ave. in the Arlington Center neighborhood.

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This news announcement was published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, based on information from the program's coordinator, Michele Meagher.