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World Oceans Day brings together writers, scientists, visual artists, academics, climate entrepreneurs, students, policy makers, community organizations and many others to commemorate the importance of our oceans. This year's theme is: Life & Livelihood.
Join us for the "Words on Water Festival" Saturday June 5th as a featured part of the BLUE Institute World Oceans Day Summit. Festival Director Rick Wilson will showcase three years of Prize Winning excerpts from the annual "Words on Water" writing contest for water themed poetry, prose, and playwriting, their performances and readings, and host writer talk-backs.
"Words on Water Festival" Director Rick Wilson will showcase three years of prize-winning excerpts from the annual "Words on Water" writing contest for water-themed poetry, prose, and playwriting, their performances and readings, and host writer talk-backs. You will be amazed and delighted.
You can find the recording here for the "Words on Water Festival"
The "Words on Water Festival" will continue with a Celebration of the Prizewinning Student Writers at Climate Week Blue this Fall.
Climate Week Blue will be an international virtual event of interdisciplinary speakers, panels and climate entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the presentation topics: educating and engaging the next generation, ethics and the blue economy; ocean floor challenges and opportunities; security issues from climate change; and community resiliency in the face of sea-level rise.
Tyrone Benskin has been a significant presence on the Canadian and International cultural landscape for over thirty years. A former Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, Canada's longest running Black theatre company, Tyrone is an award winning Actor / Director with well over 150 film, television, and theatre credits. He is also as a published composer, song-writer and recording artist. Tyrone is currently starring in NBC's hit series Debris as well as appearances in the acclaimed films Pieces of a Woman and Death of a Ladies Man.
For over two decades Tyrone has also been a vocal advocate of the importance of the arts as a social pillar. To that end, he has served as National-Vice President of ACTRA and several other augural advocacy organizations. As a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons he was appointed Official Opposition Critic - Canadian Heritage and Deputy Critic – Official Languages. He was appointed to the Sub-committee on International Human Rights. From hearing testimony of international human rights abuses to working on issues such as food security and access as well as the issue of the lack of availability of clean water on Canada’s First Nation’s and Inuit Reserves. “Climate change isn’t simply an election banner, it’s a human rights issue.”
Julia Curtis is a voracious reader and lover of classical music and the fine arts. She is a recognized leader in the fields of climate change, business strategy and government relations working with organizations such as the International Renewable Energy Agency and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on communications, negotiations, strategy and teambuilding. She is a recognized international leader in the energy, agriculture, environment and climate change sectors and led one of the first US EPA Water Rights Treaties with Mexico.
Julia received a master’s degrees in international economics, and energy and environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and New York University with dual bachelor’s in art history and political science. She has published articles on climate and renewable energy and is often asked to speak at Industry Conferences. Julia has a life-long passion for civics and education and has served as a Director of the Junior Statesmen Foundation. Trilingual in English, French and Italian Julia loves to sail and to row Venetian boats. She lives in Venice, Italy with her daughter Cornelia where they often row stopping to pick up floating plastics.
Rick Wilson is a writer, producer, actor, director, composer, and educator. His work has been published in The Cape Cod Times, Screendoor Review, ImageOutWrite, IndieTheatreNow, and anthologized in Stonewall's Legacy (Local Gems Press), Stonewall 50 (Sibling Rivalry Press), and No Bars and a Dead Battery (Owl Canyon Press). His plays and musicals have been produced in Canada and the U.S., garnering numerous festival awards, and his Hockey: the musical!, co-written with former student Justin DeMarco, is an official artifact of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Rick is an avid lover of the ocean and a champion of other writers. He is honored to have been a judge in the poetry portion of the 2020 BLUE Institute "Words on Water" competition.
Gilbert Newton is a Cape Cod native who has been teaching environmental and marine science at Sandwich High School and the Cape Cod Community College for many years. His classes included coastal ecology, botany, coastal zone management, and environmental technology. In 2013 he became the first Director of the Sandwich STEM Academy.
Mr. Newton completed his graduate work in biology at Florida State University. He has also taught classes for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Falmouth Academy, Bridgewater State University and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Gil was also the Program Director for the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy for 14 years.
Gil is one of the founders of the Barnstable Land Trust and is the past president of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He is the author of several books about the Cape's shoreline including the recent :
Marine Habitats of Cape Cod and Mysteries of Seaweed: Questions and Answers.
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