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 now be held at the Art Museum located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
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
The Grand Strand is uniquely fortunate in that our coastal environment is home to academic research institutions addressing issues of water and ocean pollution, and thus our communities can benefit from their expertise. This panel will present three science professionals from area academic and scientific institutions who are engaged in addressing issues of ocean plastic pollution. The panelists will share their timely research topics and discuss the important intersections of their work. The panel features:
Lisa Swanger, Coastal Waccamaw Watershed Education Programs Coordinator, affiliated with the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (Coastal Carolina University)
“We All Live Downstream: The Journey of Marine Debris from Land to Sea”
A focus on community connections to marine debris from a watershed-based approach, considering the upstream sources of debris, to include discussions about stormwater and watersheds, river input, community connections and a local consortium’s relevant activities such as its cigarette project
Kelly Thorvalson, Conservation Programs Manager (South Carolina Aquarium),
“Plastic in the Marine Environment: Using Citizen Science as a Mitigation Tool”
A discussion of how plastic is introduced into the marine environment with a focus on the South Carolina Aquarium’s Citizen Science app for smart phones and a demonstration of the app with an audience-participation beach litter sweep (wear appropriate attire to be part of the 30-minute beach sweep and data collection at Springmaid Beach, across from the Museum, following the presentation)
Stefanie Whitmire, Ph.D., research scientist, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (Clemson University)
“Occurrence of Microplastics on National Park Beaches: Out of Sight, but Here to Stay?”
A focus on Dr. Whitmire’s research into detecting microplastics on ocean beaches and the dangers they pose
© 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.