Maria Mitchell Association offered a two-week artist in residence program combining art, up-cycling, education, and conservation led by Cindy Pease Roe. Nantucket, as an island community, values its ocean resources tremendously as a continued source of food and income. There is significant concern over the growing amount of trash that finds its way to our beaches and oceans and ultimately to the birds, fish, and mammals that rely on the ocean habitat. Additionally, the plastic is finding its way into the human food chain through microplastics found in the fish that we consume. This project involved beach cleanups, turning trash into treasure (sculpted whales), some created by local artists and that have been on display. These whales will be auctioned August 13 to help fund conducting programs like this for additional years.

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