HONEY – Colony Collapse Disorder, Art, and Social Change

The East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communication is collaborating with the ECU School of Art and Design to examine Colony Collapse Disorder, the plight of the honeybee and the impact on the American agricultural system. In light of the international Colony Collapse Disorder crisis and global concerns over war, economic collapse and a worldwide food shortage, the fate of the honeybee mirrors the fate of humanity. Unless people are educated about CCD and solutions are created and implemented, the international food supply will disintegrate faster than many realize. These events will assemble experts who are raising awareness of this problem and developing solutions. There are three HONEY events which we hope you will attend:

The exhibition opening will take place on March 15th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Greenville Museum of Art. This will be a dynamic, juried exhibition showing a variety of artwork related to the Colony Collapse Disorder crisis.

A screening of the documentary film, Queen of the Sun, takes place on March 19th at 7:00 p.m. – Speight Auditorium (room 1220), Jenkins Fine Arts Center, ECU east campus.

On March 20th, the guest speaker is Loretta McGrath, a sustainability consultant and educator who practices holistic beekeeping and is directing the development of the New Mexico Pollinator Project, an initiative to protect and support healthy honeybees. McGrath is speaking on beekeeping, means of effecting positive social change, and sustainable agriculture. Immediately following, a panel discussion examines the global bee crisis and biodynamic beekeeping. There will also be local honey vendors exhibiting at the event who have honey, with featured jeweler and apiarist Lori Warren, for tasting and for sale. This event ties in with the documentary. This event is at the Greenville Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m.

The HONEY project is a first-time event setting a precedent for self-funding, interdisciplinary collaboration. For information, feel free to call Lisa Beth Robinson at 252.328.5480 or visit our website at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/honey/.