The Beehive Design Collective Presents: The True Cost of Coal

Published Jimmy - Wed, 03/10/2010 - 11:40pm

A swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective--a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts
organization based in eastern Maine--is headed this way. Touring members of the collective will present their "True Cost of Coal" narrative on Friday, March 19th at 7pm at the Civic Media Center. The group’s mission is to “cross pollinate
the grassroots” through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and
educating the public about complex geopolitical issues.

The bees, as the artist/organizers call themselves, create collaborative, hand-illustrated posters of dizzying intricacy which are
patchwork “quilts” of personal stories related to them in their travels by communities in the regions they visit while touring. "The True Cost of Coal" focuses on the practice of "mountaintop removal" coal mining in the Appalachia bioregion.
Through storytelling that uses their incendiary graphics as a guide, the bees relate the tragedies and triumphs of the ecosystems and human communities affected by mountaintop removal. They also delve into the science of the Appalachian biome and the ecological destruction wreaked on it by this most destructive mode of coal mining, as well as telling tales of the resistance that is growing in Appalachia and around the world to this devastating practice.
For this presentation at the CMC, the bees will use a multi-media approach incorporating a powerpoint presentation, giant banner-sized versions of their posters, storytelling, and video.

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Fri, 03/19/2010 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated