Healthy Environment

Broto: A Conference Blending Cape Cod's Science and Art Communities

In their own words: 

“How might Provincetown’s largest art gallery work with its largest science organization?”

The question was asked just days after momentous signing of the Paris Accord in December 2015 when most of the world agreed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, a driver of human-acclerated climate change.

Now, we have Broto: Art & Science Collaborations addressing climate change. A partnership of Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown and Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Broto is dedicated to fostering, cataloguing and showcasing “substantive, mutual, real-time and credible” art-science collaborations that are pointed at our climate change challenge.

Happening May 4-6 in Provincetown, the conference will begin the process of establishing a blueprint for art/science collaboration that can be replicated here and around the world.

More about the conference and the movement at their website.

Kathy Zagzebski, President & Executive Director, National Marine Life Center

Kathy runs the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, rehabilitating seals, turtles, and other marine animals. She is featured in Profiles in Blue in the BEP Implementation Plan. We asked her about her thoughts on the Blue Economy.

“I live, work, and play the Blue Economy every day! My organization, the National Marine Life Center exemplifies the three focus areas of Cape Cod’s Blue Economy Project. We are a small non-profit organization that rehabilitates and releases stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation. Our rehabilitation activities and our science activities investigating marine wildlife health contribute to Cape Cod’s vibrant maritime and technology economy. Findings from our rehabilitation and science programs, as communicated through our education program, promote a healthy environment and economy. And with our education program and our internship program, we are preparing and educating students for the future by helping them to develop STEM skills and a conservation ethic.”