RISING is a collaborative multimedia research project, using photography and oral history to better understand coastal communities’ beliefs and understandings regarding climate change. What changes have coastal residents witnessed due to recurring coastal hazards? How have they adapted to the changes? How have these past experiences with hazards affected their perceptions of future climate change and sea level rise?
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, Feb 16th, featuring remarks by project directors Baxter Miller and Ryan Stancil as well as snacks by Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner.
This project is made possible by a Community Collaborative Research Grant, a program of North Carolina Sea Grant in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Food For All, the Coastal Resilience Center, and the Department of American Studies.
Ever wonder what to do with all those plastic bags lying around your house? Did you know that they can’t be combined with your regular recycling? This spring, to raise awareness about the serious environmental challenges that plastic bags present, the Center is partnering with Carolina Performing Arts and campus sustainability partners to turn plastic bags into art. We’re also issuing a Plastic Bag Challenge to see if UNC students, staff, faculty, parents, and friends can recycle 10,000 plastic bags through the special collection points that can help turn those old grocery bags (and other types of plastic film) into sustainable lumber and reusable plastic products.
Join us next Friday, as CPA DisTIL Fellow Robin Frohardt shows us how to craft a plastic bag quilt! Building on her previous work in visual arts, theater, and puppetry, Robin’s current project focuses on the ubiquity of plastic, which is non-biodegradable and therefore becomes a permanent part of our planet. Our plastic bag quilt will be exhibited on April 21 at “PLASTICON” in CPA’s new artspace CURRENT. We’ll have southern snacks, friendly instruction for newcomers, and a new spin on old-fashioned quilting. You can also bring in those old plastic bags, which we’ll collect and recycle as part of our Plastic Bag Challenge.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Alex Ripp at firstname.lastname@example.org will be appreciated. Special thanks to our co-sponsors and quilting buddies: Carolina Performing Arts, Sustainability@UNC, EcoReps, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, and the Three Zeros Initiative. Deviled eggs and other southern snacks will be served!
Join us at the Center as we launch our Fall 2017 art exhibit, featuring story quilts based on the deployed experiences of Native American military veterans. Inspired by oral history interviews with veterans from each of North Carolina’s eight state- and federally-recognized tribes, these quilts are artifacts of lived experience and material culture from the American South. Their stories from World War II through ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the strength and complications of patriotism, as well as the struggles that sometimes continue after leaving the combat zone.
In addition to comments by Project Director Karen Harley, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe, the opening reception will include performances by Native musicians and excerpts from oral history interviews. This exhibit is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The reception is co-sponsored by UNC’s American Indian Center and Department of American Studies.
Our current art exhibit of Keith Knight’s political cartoons will be featured as part of Arts Everywhere Day, a campus-wide celebration of the arts in daily life. The core principles of the event are
- The arts are for everyone.
- Every space can be a creative space.
- The arts create and share new meaning.
- Curiosity and discovery enrich daily life.
Join us from 1:00-3:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Join us at the Center for the opening of Keith Knight‘s “Fear of a Black Marker: Political Cartoons.” Knight’s syndicated series include The K Chronicles, (Th)ink, and The Knight Life.
The K Chronicles has won the Glyph Award “Best Comic Strip” multiple times, most recently in 2010. Knight was awarded the Comic-Con Inkpot Award for career achievement in San Diego.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.