Raising Ocean Awareness with teh proposed new ArtPark at Seacliff State Beach, California: "The Cement Ship" sponsored in part by the Dean's Excellence in the Arts Funds.
The SS Palo Alto Art Park project is a collaborative project of Art Dialogue alongside the UN Safe Planet Campaign for Responsibility of Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes, with support from the Social Practice Arts Research Center at UCSC. The SS Palo Alto Art Park project is a place for environmental awareness and public outreach on issues of contemporary marine life and the impact of hazardous wastes and chemical pollutants (especially POP's) on the environment.
Working with Czech Republic based Art Dialogue alongside the the UN Safe Planet Campaign for Responsibility of Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes and the California States Parks, SPARC will support the development of the SS Palo Alto Art Park Project to create a satellite research space/art park for experimental arts and ecological research. This multi-year project is in the development stages but will be used by SPARC, artists, scientists, UCSC faculty and students.
On March 29th 2011, SPARC hosted the first annual symposium of the group, bringing together researchers, professionals and others to discuss art, science, education, and social change with a strong environmental focus.