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Art Center Faculty and Alum Dive in to The Aquarium of the Pacific Series on Art, Science and Environment

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. will feature presentations by Art Center faculty members and an alumnus as part of its upcoming Aquatic Academy. Integrating art and science in order to enhance environmental communication, the Aquatic Academy offers a series of evening classes that foster dialogue on issues related to the ocean and environment.

Professor and Director of Sustainability Initiatives Heidrun Mumper-Drumm will be speaking on Thursday, April 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., while Vice President of Designmatters Mariana Amatullo and Alumnus Dan Goods, visual strategist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak on Thursday, May 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The series of four evening classes will explore how art, design and science can intersect to create and deliver powerful environmental messages.

Long Beach Aquarium

Art Center faculty will be speaking at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.

Jerry Schubel, president and CEO of The Aquarium of the Pacific, says Goods, Mumper-Drumm and Amatullo bring an ideal combined expertise in the areas of engineering, design, visual communications and sustainability.

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Art Center Students Take On Sea Level Rise

Art Center students recently completed a Designmatters-led studio class, in partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific, focusing on public education and action strategies to address the crisis of sea level rise.

Project Coastal Crisis, held Spring Term, was a transdisciplinary project embedded in the “Design for Sustainability” Product Design curriculum. Students were challenged to translate urgent scientific data on sea level rise and coastal resiliency into easily accessible public awareness communications and educational tools.

“Projects like these are about educating you not by force, but by engagement,” explains Product Design Department Chair Karen Hofmann. These projects have touch points that linger long after the experience is over.”

Students formed four different teams, each producing mixed media communication strategies to educate Aquarium of the Pacific visitors and other target audiences, including California coastal communities and policymakers. Careful consideration was taken to ensure that the campaigns would be easily accessible to a wide audience.

Read more about the four teams and their outcomes.