Art Gets Fishy at Aquarium

Filed under: Fort Fisher by fortfisher on Monday, April 29th, 2013

Channel your inner Picasso at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The Aquarium and DREAMS of Wilmington team up to present Community Arts Day and student exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Local teaching artists help visitors tap into their creative side while exploring the magic of the ocean. Artists lead demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities in recycled art, ceramics, puppetry and more. Activities are appropriate for children and adults of all ages and are free with Aquarium admission.

In addition, DREAMS of Wilmington students unveil their ocean-inspired artwork at the Aquarium. Be among the first to see:

  • a giant fabric jellyfish and turtle
  • gorgeous aquatic paintings and murals
  • fish and seahorse mosaics
  • ceramic turtles and fish
  • sea life created from all types of recycled materials

DREAMS Community Art Day culminates a year-long community partnership between the Aquarium and DREAMS of Wilmington, a non-profit dedicated to providing youth in need with high-quality, free instruction in the literary, visual, multimedia and performing arts.

“This partnership is a first step in expanding the Aquarium’s community and cultural role, and integrating art – outside of our living collection – to help interpret the sea around us,” says Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Students experienced Aquarium camps and outreach and DREAMS programs. They learned about the ocean and its animals and used what they learned in their art. Now their interpretation of the sea will  help place art in the hearts and minds of Aquarium visitors.”

DREAMS Community Arts Day and the Aquarium collaboration were privately funded through National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. Twenty-three program participants invested between $250 and $1,000 through an on-line investment marketplace.

For more information about DREAMS of Wilmington click here.