Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Art of Extraction: Beehive Collective and Mark Nowak, Nov. 18th

Split This Rock, the Social Action & Leadership School for Activists, and Foreign Policy in Focus are proud to announce Bees Swarm and Nowak Speaks: The Art of Extraction.

Come to this creative audio-visual mix that will both move and enlighten you. The progressively spectacular art of the renowned Beehive Collective is coming to DC to join forces with the powerful social justice poetry of Mark Nowak. The theme of this blend of sight and sound display will address the true cost of coal and how regular people are challenging its impact.

In a rare evening you won't want to miss, "The Hive" and Mark will captivate you with their artistic genius reflecting a passion for social justice.

Because space is limited please pre-register here. A suggested donation of $5 would be appreciated for the travel and lodging expenses of the Beehive Collective but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

November 18th, 2009, 6:30 - 9:00pm

1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington DC

The Beehive Collective is appreciated internationally for its educational graphics campaigns, at a regional level for its stone mosaic murals and apprentice program, and locally for its dedication to the revitalization of the old Machias Valley Grange Hall, a landmark building in their small, rural town. The Hive has been going and growing since 2000, at full speed! Their most recent campaign is exposing the cost industry's strip mining injustices in the Appalachia.

Mark Nowak, Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, will read from his recent book, Coal Mountain Elementary. A singular, genre-defying treatise from one of America's most innovative political poets, Coal Mountain Elementary remixes verbatim testimony from the surviving Sago, WV miners and rescue teams, the American Coal Foundation's curriculum for schoolchildren, and newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China with photographs of Chinese miners taken by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh. Check out his blog here.

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