January, 2014: Developing Funding, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships

It’s a busy month writing funding applications for submission to Georgia State University, CENCIA foudation and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. A plan to exhibit the sculpture to the Georgia State University Campus in downtown Atlanta, GA for Earth Day, 2015 develops. A campus lecture series will engage the community on ways social actions in Atlanta affect southern aquifers, waterways and the ocean. The International Ocean Institute – USA will speak at the lectures. There is a 32,000+ campus population and 120,000+ residents and office workers in the surrounding area. Additionally, an art gallery show exhibiting work by Georgia State University Art & Design students on environmental and social themes will occur. Youth program partnerships develop to engage 100 youth, ages 10 to 15 years old, in the project. Partners include Girls Inc. Pinellas County, FL,  East Atlanta Kids Club, Atlanta, GA and the Friends School, Decatur, GA. Youth will engage in a collaborative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project. The project will focus on marine science and recycling waste management engineering. Participants ages 10 to 15 years old will construct pre-design sculpture components and, using their new knowledge, generate messages that will be woven into the sculpture....