Ocean Arts Competition uses art and science to rejoice the sea

Ora Sawyers

MONTEREY — It is tough to capture the magnificence and electrical power of the ocean working with text by yourself. That’s why this weekend’s Monterey Ocean Arts Pageant is enlisting equally artists and scientists to rejoice and master about the natural beauty and electrical power of the sea.

SpectorDance hosts its second yearly Monterey Ocean Arts Pageant Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Monterey Museum of Art. The occasion will feature performances and visible art shows from around 180 nearby youth artists. Pageant-goers can also master about science and make their possess art with regional scientific companies. Talks from researchers and absolutely free admission to the Monterey Museum of Art will round out the afternoon.

Fran Spector Atkins, who established the pageant, commenced using dance to address social issues about 25 a long time ago. In 2010, she formed a collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to choreograph performances about ocean science. In these items, which had been first introduced at the Smithsonian in 2013, performers danced to songs combined with sound bites from ocean researchers.

The 2nd yearly Monterey Ocean Arts Competition will element performances and visual artwork shows from more than 180 community youth artists. (Courtesy photo) 

Immediately after the good results of that task, Spector Atkins hoped to convey more men and women to the intersection of art and ocean science. “I required to just take the ideas that we ended up operating with and bring them to our neighborhood,” Spector Atkins reported. “So we began the Monterey Ocean Arts Pageant.”

The first Monterey Ocean Arts Festival introduced close to 80 artists and a lot more than 250 attendees to Spector’s dance studio in Marina. After a two-yr pandemic pause, the festival returns this weekend in a new spot: the Monterey Museum of Artwork. The museum is supplying a community free of charge day on Saturday so that festivalgoers can also walk by means of the museum, Spector Atkins stated.

This year’s competition is set to be even bigger than the 1st, featuring additional than 180 artists concerning 10 and 25 a long time outdated. These include things like visible artists from CSU Monterey Bay, a mariachi band and dance group from the Greenfield Cultural Arts Heart, musicians from the Dennis Murphy Faculty of Tunes and additional. Quite a few of the visible and undertaking artists are also pupils at spot superior colleges and center colleges.

In addition to ocean-centric performances and visual arts, the competition will also characteristic science tables and art actions led by community scientific organizations, like Elkhorn Slough, the Pacific Grove Organic Record Museum and Camp Sea Lab.

Festival attendees will also be ready to hear talks from researchers and science communicators, together with Monterey Bay Aquarium Government Director Julie Packard, Harvard research professor Dr. John Holdren and George Matsumoto, a study professional at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Exploration Institute.

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