Ryan Camero, local artist/arts activist and Senator of Activities for the Associated Student Body Government at Delta College, first learned about the Beehive Design Collective from Machias in rural Maine online. This all-volunteer organization of activists, artists, educators and organizers focuses on creating and presenting graphic works about global issues that resonate to many different disciplines. Ryan was blown away by the intense depth and detail of their work – the way it spoke across generations and told stories of the communities affected was inspiring.
Ryan was so inspired by this group, in fact, that he attended Gabfestry, a national arts activist conference the Beehive organized which left him wanting to do more to help his community. And that is just what he did working with Delta College and UOP to bring the Beehive Design Collective to Stockton this week.
The Beehive Design Collective initiates a conversation about coal power, climate change, and sustainability entitled the “True Cost of Coal” with a 16’ X 8’ banner mural as a visual backdrop for their story. The conversation is focused on the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on the ecosystem and people in the Appalachian region and its worldwide effect.
Ryan hopes the Beehive’s innovative approach of arts activism and research justice can bring a renewed energy to Stockton spurring an artistic response to current local and environmental struggles surrounding the California drought and the debate of the tunnels and the Delta.
Today the event takes place at Delta College in the West Forum from 4pm – 6:15pm. From 3:30pm-4:00pm, there will be a special unveiling of “It’s the Same Thing,” an interactive painted scroll/song performance.
Tomorrow the Beehive moves to UOP in WPC Rm. 140 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm. From 5:30pm-6:00pm, environmental clubs and organizations will be distributing information.