Sea the Change
An exhibition of artwork created by local youth to raise awareness about the ubiquitous amount of non-biodegradable materials polluting our oceans. Sea the Change will be on view at MMoA’s 15 Water Street Gallery Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am – 3pm.
Take a moment to look around. How many items can you see right now that are made with plastic? Cell phones, bottles, pens, toothbrushes, buttons, etc…all contain plastic in some form. Plastic often seems unavoidable in our everyday lives, and it can have consequences reaching far beyond what we see in our immediate area.
Many plastic items being produced all over the world end up in our oceans and waterways, becoming marine debris. Studies show that the issue of marine debris had reached a dire situation. It is reported that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.
By 2050, it is predicted that our world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass. Once in our waterways, marine debris has numerous impacts on the native aquatic animals and the habitat itself, some of which are still unknown. Current impacts on wildlife include entanglement, ingesting trash, or losing important habitat.
It’s time to change course by promoting a message of creative conservation and sustainability!
The Mystic Museum of Art and Connecticut State Senator Heather Somers challenged local students to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of plastics and other aquatic trash in our oceans through creating masterpieces out of recyclable trash. Seventeen sculptures by elementary through high school students were submitted, celebrating our beautiful seas, educating the local communities and making a positive change through creative expression!
Please reach out to our Head of Education, Mary Addison, with any questions!