Washed Ashore is a striking and thought-provoking nonprofit community art project based in Bandon, a small city on Oregon's southern coast. Founded in 2010 by artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Washed Ashore consists of more than 70 sculptures depicting seabirds, fish, sea turtles, and other marine life, all painstakingly constructed out of more than 20 tons (and counting) of plastic debris that has washed onto beaches on the Pacific coast. Visitors to Washed Ashore's website can explore numerous photo galleries and videos about the sculptures and the process of creating them, and also learn more about the problem of marine debris. Educators should check out the learn section, where they will find the project's educational initiatives and an extensive, well-developed Integrated Arts Marine Debris curriculum funded by a grant from NOAA, including an introductory recorded webinar for teachers. Washed Ashore has multiple traveling exhibits of its sculptures and ongoing exhibitions in Bandon and at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Those interested can find the locations of current and upcoming exhibitions under the exhibit tab on the homepage.
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