In just a few short years ocean plastic debris has become a topic of worldwide concern. Initially a few voices were raised, mainly grassroots in origin, and some of the most powerful were visual artists. Now the chorus is loud, and though the problem is massive, corrective strategies are being discussed and implemented in ever widening circles. This lecture series is designed to bring you voices of experience, some who have been in the forefront of ocean preservation for decades. Attendees will meet artists, authors, researchers, state and local activists, educators and filmmakers. Topics raised in the exhibition will be probed more deeply, and opportunities to become a solution (rather than a pollution) activist will be explored.
Lectures will be held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in the Dunes Board Room Building, on Springmaid Boulevard (first building on the right next to the parking garage). Look for directional signage.
All lectures (unless otherwise noted) will begin at 2 p.m.
All lectures are $10 per person and reservations are necessary; please see reservation details at the end of this information.
Planet or Plastic? is generously sponsored by Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. with additional support from The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
A panel of five local activists moderated by Dr. Jennifer Plunket, Stewardship Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Center for Marine and Coastal Sciences. The panelists are all non-professionals, everyday citizens who have nurtured their passion to protect the natural world; the panel includes:
Corrine Hellyear, secretary of Surfrider Grand Strand, the local chapter of an international organization with campaigns supporting plastic-free restaurants and plastic-free oceans
Bo Ives, chairman of Keep Horry County Beautiful and board member of the Solid Waste Authority
Mary Jeffcoat, councilwoman for the City of Myrtle Beach
Goffinet McLaren, co-founder of The Chirping Bird Society, a grassroots group bringing local attention to plastic pollution and promoting Strawless Summer along the Grand Strand
Julie Samples, former councilwoman for the City of Surfside Beach, one of South Carolina’s first coastal communities to pass a plastic bag ban
© 2016 Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.