Transforming Marine Debris: A Creative Retreat

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Heart of Cartm is bringing people who care about our coastlines together for a weekend of wonder, exploration, and collaboration. Join us as we deep dive into the science of marine debris, complete a NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring Assessment shoreline survey, explore ocean trash as a creative prompt, use found object art as a transformative experience, and create a call to action.

Meet our guiding team for this retreat!
**Denise Harrington is the 2022 Teacher at Sea Alumni Association National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fellow, a resident of Tillamook County since 1999, teacher, Justice of the Peace, and an avid sea kayaker. This year, Denise hopes to broaden the reach of NOAA Marine Debris resources to diverse audiences through the arts.
**Deborah Paul has been creating art from recycled materials since 2007. She has shown her work in galleries and museums throughout the Northwest. Since moving to the North Oregon coast in 2019, Deborah has been using marine debris, ghost rope and plastic trash found on local beaches to create colorful rope baskets and wall hangings. (You may have seen these in the Hoffman Gallery!) She hopes her art will encourage others to take a more active role in keeping our oceans clean.
**Allison Cobb is Senior Director of Justice and Equity at Environmental Defense Fund and author of four books, including, most recently, the Oregon Book Award-winning Plastic: an Autobiography. She regularly leads plastic-related writing workshops with people of all ages and backgrounds, at institutions from Hawaii to New Jersey.

Seats are limited to 10. Sign up today! Scholarships and Work Trades are available. Visit our website to Learn More and Register.