The Beehive Design Collective
The True Cost of Coal Storytelling
April 23rd, 2014: 4pm-6:15pm (Delta), April 24th, 2014:- 5:30pm-8:30pm (UoP)
San Joaquin Delta College (West Forum), University of the Pacific (WPC Rm. 140)
A visual conversation and storytelling about coal power, climate change, and sustainability. Explore this collaboratively made mural mapping out big-picture narratives in a changing world.
A sixteen (16) foot by eight (8) foot banner of “The True Cost of Coal” mural will be hung up for viewing at both venues throughout the duration of the events.
+ From 3:30pm-4:00pm, there will be a special unveiling of “It’s the Same Thing,” an interactive painted scroll/song performance art piece, at the Delta College event prior to the main storytelling at 4:00pm.
+ From 5:30pm-6:00pm, environmental clubs and organizations will be tabling at the University of the Pacific event prior to the main storytelling at 6:00pm.
+ Decorative installations like floating bee-comb paper displays, paper circles of bees along walls, and available other visual stimuli will be set up.
Based out of small-town Machias across the country in rural Maine, the Beehive Design Collective is an all-volunteer organization of activists, artists, educators and organizers. Their main focus is creating and presenting graphic works about global issues. These portable murals are teeming with intricate images of plants and animals, illustrating surreal but meticulously researched scenes of sociocultural realities in the modern world.
The Collective has been featured on prominent social media resource Upworthy, as well as being the recipient of the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Communities = Economic Development grant (CCED) and being given 2014’s State Arts Economic Development Award in Maine.
Examples of schools they have presented to in the past include local UC Berkeley, Vancouver Island University in British Columbia, Skidmore College in New York, and University of Washington, to name a few. All of their work is anti-copyright, and their presentations resonate in relevance to many differing departments, from arts history and sociology to international relations and natural resources.
The True Cost of Coal, one of their projects, is focused on the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on the ecosystem and people in the Appalachian region, and its importance in the global landscape. It is this mural that will be presented on the Delta College and University of the Pacific campuses, with an additional conversation about how it translates and is relevant to local issues surrounding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.