Ocean Arts Pageant works by using artwork and science to celebrate the sea

MONTEREY — It is tough to capture the elegance and ability of the ocean working with terms on your own. That is why this weekend’s Monterey Ocean Arts Festival is enlisting both of those artists and experts to celebrate and study about the natural beauty and electric power of the sea.

SpectorDance hosts its second annual Monterey Ocean Arts Festival Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Monterey Museum of Art. The party will feature performances and visual art displays from above 180 local youth artists. Competition-goers can also discover about science and make their possess artwork with neighborhood scientific organizations. Talks from scientists and totally free admission to the Monterey Museum of Art will round out the afternoon.

Fran Spector Atkins, who launched the competition, commenced applying dance to tackle social concerns about 25 decades in the past. In 2010, she formed a collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to choreograph performances about ocean science. In these parts, which were initial presented at the Smithsonian in 2013, performers danced to new music mixed with audio bites from ocean scientists.

The 2nd yearly Monterey Ocean Arts Competition will attribute performances and visual artwork displays from in excess of 180 regional youth artists. (Courtesy image) 

Soon after the good results of that challenge, Spector Atkins hoped to convey extra people today to the intersection of art and ocean science. “I preferred to just take the strategies that we were working with and bring them to our community,” Spector Atkins stated. “So we commenced the Monterey Ocean Arts Pageant.”

The initially Monterey Ocean Arts Festival introduced all around 80 artists and extra than 250 attendees to Spector’s dance studio in Marina. Right after a two-12 months pandemic pause, the pageant returns this weekend in a new place: the Monterey Museum of Art. The museum is featuring a local community absolutely free day on Saturday so that festivalgoers can also walk by the museum, Spector Atkins reported.

This year’s pageant is set to be even even larger than the initially, featuring extra than 180 artists concerning 10 and 25 yrs old. These incorporate visual artists from CSU Monterey Bay, a mariachi band and dance group from the Greenfield Cultural Arts Centre, musicians from the Dennis Murphy University of Songs and more. Numerous of the visible and performing artists are also learners at space significant colleges and center schools.

In addition to ocean-centric performances and visible arts, the competition will also aspect science tables and artwork pursuits led by regional scientific corporations, together with Elkhorn Slough, the Pacific Grove All-natural Heritage Museum and Camp Sea Lab.

Festival attendees will also be in a position to hear talks from scientists and science communicators, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium Government Director Julie Packard, Harvard investigation professor Dr. John Holdren and George Matsumoto, a research professional at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.