Celebration of the Seas
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
The celebration began with a brief presentation in the theater and the introduction of the One World One Ocean Foundation global initiative and film preview. It continued with an art show featuring works by Wyland, Jim Toomey, Brian Skerry, Dianna Cohen, and Wayne Levin; dance by Kristin McArdle Dance; live music by Halsey Burgund; an authors panel and book signing by Barton Seaver, David Helvarg, and Carl Safina; film screenings; and a silent auction that included original artwork, hotel stays, and more!
Events were programmed throughout the evening that took place in four rooms of the classically beautiful Carnegie Institution.
Organizers: Blue On Tour, Ocean Inspiration, Blue Frontier Campaign
6:00 – 7:30 BVS3 Opening Event (Theater)
including Ocean Inspiration presented by Céline Cousteau (Theater)
6:30-10:00 Art show, silent auction begins (Ballroom & Rotunda)
7:00 – 9:00 Film Screenings: Blue on Tour shorts, Acid Test & SoLa (Mayor Room)
8:00-9:00 Film Screenings: Blue on Tour & This is Your Ocean: Sharks (Theater)
8:00-9:00 Writers for the Sea (Board Room)
9:00 Live Auction & End of Silent Auction (Ballroom & Rotunda)
Events By Room
6:00-7:30 BVS3 Opening Event
Welcome by David Helvarg of Blue Frontier Campaign
Introduction of One World One Ocean Foundation global initiative and film preview presented by Greg MacGillivray
Ocean Inspiration presented by Céline Cousteau: The celebration of 100 Years of Ocean Inspiration continued at the Carnegie Institute with live music and dance performances.
Live Music by Halsey Burgund
Halsey performed Ocean Voices with Peter Bailey, Marissa Licata and Javier Caballero. What is Ocean Voices? Sound artist Halsey Burgund and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols joined forces to collect the voices of people around the world recounting their personal experiences with the ocean. Combined with music written by Halsey, these voices became an integral part of a new musical composition and audio collages which listeners can create to suit their own preferences.
Dance by Kristin McArdle Dance
Aqua Borealis is a dance of traveling biolumes, rainbowed sculpture, and liquid light. This new work was inspired by the extraordinary marine organisms that use bioluminescent and biofluorescent forms of light to communicate in the ocean. This dance aimed to further KMD’s work on raising awareness of ocean issues and marine conservation through the performing arts.
Dancers: Akeitha Carey, Shaunna Gray and Kristin McArdle
Voice: Dr. Sylvia Earle. Music: Joe Accaria, ‘Transubstantiation’; David Darling, ‘Yield and Overcome’, The Dao of Cello; Buraka Som Sistema, ‘New 1 Africas’, Black Diamond; The Clogs, The Creations in the Garden of Lady Walton; Tunng Vs. Taraf de Haiidouks, ‘Homecoming’, 20 Ways to Float Through Walls. Sound Design: Kristin McArdle. Light Technology Engineer: Miral Kotb, iLuminate. Costume Design: Jesse Dunham, Kristin McArdle.
8:15-9:15 This is Your Ocean: Sharks
Presented by George C. Schellenger and Jim Abernethy
Q&A session to follow
Executive Producers: Wyland, Guy Harvey, Jim Abernethy, George C. Schellenger, and Shawn Heinrichs
Directed By: George C. Schellenger
Narrated By: Dr. Sylvia Earle and Featuring: Wyland, Guy Harvey, Jim Abernethy
Run time: 44 minutes
Featuring artwork by Wyland, Jim Toomey, Brian Skerry, Dianna Cohen, Marc Dimov, Wayne Levin, Wernher Krutein and others! Plus award-winning student art from a national contest held in recognition of the Coast Guard Partnership in Education’s (PIE) 20th anniversary, the Civil Rights Directorate, and in collaboration with CG-092. The goal of the contest was to highlight the Coast Guard’s storied 20-year participation in the PIE program while increasing awareness of Coast Guard’s Living Marine Resources mission. Through Partnership in Education, the Coast Guard strives to prepare students to become good citizens who will make significant contributions to the communities in which they live.
Silent Auction items included original signed artwork by Wyland, artwork by Jim Toomey, 60-minute massage by TouchWise Massage Therapy, Skincare items from Just Peachy Organics, signed books, and a stay at the Portola Hotel in Monterrey, CA. Click here to learn more about the auction items.
9:00 Live Auction
9:15 End of Silent Auction & item collection
Click here for more info on the auction and to see the items.
7:00 Acid Test
7:25 BLUE On Tour presents: Majestic Plastic Bag
Presented by Director Jon Bowermaster
It’s not news that water is a significant issue here in Southern Louisiana. Most of the region lays below sea level and water – rivers, creeks, bayous, swamps, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico – is never out of sight. And everyone in SoLa has a water story, or ten. Q&A with director to follow.
7:30 Writers for the Sea
A panel conversation and book signings with leading marine-themed authors.
Featuring: Barton Seaver, David Helvarg, and Carl Safina
Moderated by Céline Cousteau
Guests met these amazing authors and heard them speak about writing and the ocean.
Books were for sale and being signed. Many thanks to Teach4Change and the authors for making this possible.
Delicious appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages provided by Green Plate Catering.
Additional food donated by Legal Seafoods, Pop Chips, Nora’s Restaurant, Georgetown Cupcake and CakeLove. Wine donated by Nobilo. Beer donated by Yuengling.
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Many thanks to our sponsors and those who generously donated time, food and silent auction items and a gigantic thank you to our volunteers! Thanks to Céline Cousteau for bringing the song and dance. Special thanks to Debbie Kinder for all of her work to make this night possible.