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The Beehive Design Collective Reception

Poster for event
Poster for event

Who & What: The Beehive Design Collective is a wholly volunteer enterprise to increase awareness regarding environmental degradation through illustrations.  A reception was held for the Beehive and provided this group the opportunity to discuss their latest campaign, "The True Cost of Coal." The Beehive visited Appalachia to hear the stories and concerns from residents there regarding mountaintop removal. The Beehive created a poster, which took two years to complete. The poster is an engrossing portrayal of the natural history of Appalachia, the industrialization process in the region, the backlash against pollution and unsafe-working conditions for miners, and the artists' hope for future revitalization of the communities and ecosystems.

The reception was participatory and interactive. Attendees were given portions of the giant coal poster to uncover the stories behind the graphics. The knowledgeable and passionate Beehive then gave a detailed narrative regarding the epic illustration and took questions over the food that had been provided. It was quite an inspirational treat for attendees to be swarmed by the Beehive and we hope they'll come by again on their next tour of the US.
The Beehive’s Mission:
To cross-pollinate the grassroots, by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.
When: 28 March 2011
Where: Honors Coffee Forum (LAMP 407) 

Photos from the Workshop and Reception