Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program aims to empower high school students to create awareness of a variety of environmental topics through artistic mediums. Students will be educated by marine experts and mentored by professional artists as they conceptualize and produce a finalized piece of artwork.
Students entering high school in the 2014-2015 school year are eligible for this free program and should have previous art experience. Classes are held weekly on weekends or weeknights at the Seattle Aquarium for 4- 6 weeks. Participants in the program will not only get a chance to create a unique piece of art, but will also see their work displayed at the Seattle Aquarium for a special one-night exhibition open to the public.
Last year's classes included drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, and photography and students addressed issues ranging from endangered species to fishing practices.
A group of ambitious high school student artists recently completed the Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program. Youth artists participated in 5–6 classes for a total of 25–30 hours of classroom time over three weeks. Classes were held after school hours and/or on weekends to minimize scheduling conflicts.
As part of the Aquarium’s mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the CIC program aims to empower youth to create awareness of environmental topics through artistic media. Students were educated by environmental experts and mentored by professional artists as they created art pieces to be displayed at a one-night exhibition at the Aquarium on August 8. Participation in CIC was free to students and all materials were provided.
The CIC program recruited students for the following projects: