Jazz Morgan, Giving Voice to Bear, 2015, oil, 32 x 38 inches, Courtesy of the artist


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 5:00pm

In partnership with Skagit Climate Science Consortium, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit Watershed Council, and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, MoNA invites you to envision climate change through Surge, a week-long exhibition of art, science, and information centered on climate change and its impacts on Northwest coastal communities. 
Surge is a partnership among scientists, educators, and artists to explore changes and impacts such as rising sea levels, changing river flows, and how these affect people and the ecosystem we live in and depend upon. This year’s exhibit is fundamentally about interconnectedness. The exhibits involve forests and forest ecosystems, magnitude and movement of freshwater and sediment, coastal and estuarine areas, and invite curiosity about the interconnectedness of the physical (storm surge, sea level rise, flooding, salt) and living (plants, animals, human) worlds. Surge offers the opportunity for that curiosity to result in greater awareness that can lead to community efforts to inspire change. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Artists include: Christine Awad 
SchmalzMary Coss, Heather Cromwell,  Madeline Crowley, Alice Dubiel, Mona Fairbanks, Lauren Frugé, Cara Jaye, Theodora Jonsson, George Lee, Klara Maisch, Eve McCauley-Chomiak, Lin McJunkin, Colleen Monette, Jazz Morgan, Julie Morse, Yvette Neumann, Richelle Potter-Kypuros, Heather Thomas, Suze Woolf, and Jennifer Yates

Surge Events

Taking a Long View: An Art & Climate Change Workshop
for Families (ages 5 & up) 
Saturday, September 10, 11am-1pm
This event if free and open to the public.

Exploring Biodiversity with Pop-up Paper Creatures
Saturday, September 17
Session I: 11am-1pm & Session II: 2-4pm
This event costs $5 per family

Moments of Adaptationperformance by Richelle Potter-Kypuros
September 17, 1:30pm, September 18, 1:30pm, and September 25, 2:30pm

Welcome and Introduction by Brian Cladoosby 
Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and President of the National Congress of American Indians 
Keynote by Steve Moddemeyer 
Principal at Collins Woerman
September 18, 2pm

Panel Discussion
September 25, 3pm
The panel brings together artists, scientists, and elected officials to discuss the challenges posed by climate change to coastal communities. The discussion will be moderated by Carol MacIlroy, a consultant who has worked across the Puget Sound on environmental issues, and who is currently the administrator for the Skagit Climate Science Consortium. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer session and a reception. The event is free to the public. After the panel, Molly Doran, Executive Director of the Skagit Land Trust, will speak and invite the public to enjoy the reception.
From September 17-25, the MoNA Store will donate $1 to the Skagit Land Trust for every purchase of $35 or greater.





This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PA-00J991- 01 to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. This project does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.


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