09 Feb

NEWS: Art of Sustainability First Event of Its Kind on Florida’s Space Coast

  • Posted by Tina Lange
  • Art of Sustainability, BCA, Brevard Cultural Alliance, Eastern Florida State College, Florida, Kinetic Art, Kinetic Sculpture, Marcia Gaedke, Neil Levine, Palm Bay, Palm Bay Florida, Ralfonso, Rebecca Shireman, Space Coast Living, Space Coast Living Magazine

February 19 – 21, 2016 PALM BAY, FL (February 9, 2016) – The first-ever event of its kind on the Space Coast, The Art of Sustainability, will use large-scale kinetic sculptures and nationally-recognized speakers to increase community dialogue regarding issues of sustainability and the environment. This event will take place February 19-21, 2016 at Eastern Florida State College’s Palm Bay campus (250 Community College Parkway). Admission is FREE to the public.

Kinetic art consists of beautiful large-scale sculptures which move in response to the environment – driven by wind, water or solar energy – that encourage us to think about environmental issues and sustainability. This is the goal of the event – to use this art and world-renowned speakers to engage the local community in dialogue about issues of sustainability.

“One of Palm Bay’s greatest assets is its unspoiled, natural environment and proximity to the Indian River Lagoon,” said Palm Bay Mayor William Capote. “This event will provoke debate around issues surrounding the Lagoon, while highlighting Palm Bay’s assets.”

The Art of Sustainability will feature:

Saturday-Sunday (2/20-21)

  • Family Fun Days: 10:00am – 4:00pm both days. Family Fun Days will feature interactive fun for all ages, environmentally-related exhibits, kinetic sculptures on display, an electric car show, food trucks and more!

Friday-Saturday (2/19-20)

  • Art of Sustainability Symposium with nationally-recognized speakers and scholars discussing issues tied to the environment and sustainability.

Please reserve your free seat at www.theartofsustainability.org/symposium.

Speakers include:

Friday: 1:00-5:30pm

  • Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper
  • Trevor Gibson, Environmental Advantage (U.K. via Skype)
  • Ralfonso Gschwend, Kinetic Artist
  • Professor Wendy Anderson, Stetson University
  • Chad Pregracke, Keynote Speaker & Renowned Environmentalist

Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

  • Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo
  • Patricia Watts, ecoartspace
  • Panel with Moderator Jim Waymer, FLORIDA TODAY Florida Tech Professors Dr. Richard Aronson (Environmental Studies), Dr. Steven Lazarus (Marine and Environmental Systems) and Dr. Ken Lindeman (Education and Interdisciplinary Studies)

February 19 – March 18

  • Art of Sustainability Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition. Featured artists include:
    • Tom Brewitz, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Lin Emery, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Ralfonso Gschwend, Geneva, Switzerland & West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Jeff Kahn, Lenshartsville, Pennsylvania

Partners for The Art of Sustainability include:

  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • Harris Corp. Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Brevard
  • Space Coast Office of Tourism
  • Brevard Cultural Alliance
  • City of Palm Bay
  • Space Coast Living Magazine
  • Bright House Networks
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Circle Redmont
  • Laserchrome Technologies
  • Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne
  • Brevard Zoo
  • Florida Institute of Technology

To learn more about The Art of Sustainability, visit www.theartofsustainability.org, email us at [email protected] or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@artofsustain).

Media Contact: Tina Lange, APR [email protected] 321-223-1013

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  • Jun 30 2016
GMI hosted statewide dialogues on regional ecological issues and the role museums might play in building healthy communities, both human and in nature.

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