Artula Institute has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation since May 2010. In just over a year it has educated and inspired over one million people of all ages to re-think their use of plastic and the impact they can make on the world.
To see individual responses to the Washed Ashore's exhibit please visit the Success Stories page.
Below are the tangible outcomes relating to the work we do. Our hope is to continue to spread awareness of the reality of plastic pollution and inspire people to change the way they think about their consumer habits and take ownership of our delicate world.
Cold hard trash – the numbers:
In the first year...
- 1000+ volunteers of all ages and diverse cultures have participated
- Over 1000 public school students in 5 school districts have been involved
- 18 massive sculptures created and more constantly in the works!
- Approximately 7000 1bs of debris cleaned up in 18 months
- 20 miles of coast were cleaned between Port Orford and North Bend, OR
- Over 1 million people have viewed or participated in the exhibition, project and workshops
- 99% of the debris collected was petroleum-based: plastic items, nylon ropes and net
- 98% of the debris was used to create the Washed Ashore sculptures!
Student poetry inspired by Washed Ashore:
Full length documentary:
Artula Institute is producing a full-length documentary titled 'Washed Ashore' documenting the progress and process of the Washed Ashore project. The goal of the film is to share this message with as many people as possible. It is scheduled to be released Summer 2011.
Millicoma Intermediate School student video:
Millicoma Intermediate School student video, produced in response to the Washed Ashore project, Fall, 2010
Artula Institute has partnered with Stop Oregon Litter And Vandalism (SOLV) for two years in a row during their beach clean-ups. Instead of SOLV having to throw away all the debris that is collected they bring it to Artula Institute to process and reuse as art supplies! SOLV is a non-profit organization that brings together individual volunteers, service and conservation groups, businesses and government agencies in activities to restore our natural spaces and provide educational opportunities to encourage environmental stewardship. www.solv.org
Teacher Trainings - Artula Institute and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology have partnered to provide local school teachers hands-on trainings about the issue of marine debris and plastic pollution with take-away educational packets and art projects.
Artula Institute partners with multiple government and private organizations such as:
- Bandon Youth Center
- Bureau of Land Management
- Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
- Oregon school districts
- Oregon State Parks
- Surfrider Foundation
- Whole Foods Market
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"When it comes to dealing with the plastic monster, artists are often at the forefront because they seize on waste plastic as an easily available, multi-colored and shaped material to play with. Consciously or unconsciously, their works abstract from and thereby break with the status quo's oppressive pseudo-prosperity based on rapid consumption and constant use of gadgetry. Angela Haseltine Pozzi's Washed Ashore project collects the disturbingly massive amounts of marine debris now being washed up on Oregon's once pristine beaches, processes it with the help of dedicated volunteers, and stitches it together to create beautiful, massive sea creatures. Creatures that are being killed by our plastic waste. In this way a space is pried open where the re-visioning of plastic can commence. The strangled, starved and poisoned victims of ocean plastics live again to force us to think about a different kind of future-one that will require major change in the way our wet world does business, and delivers all its not so good, goods."
~ Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Captain Moore has written a book, Plastic Ocean, in which he recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of plastics.
"You have to see it to believe it... Gigantic and beautiful sea creatures all made of plastic"
~ Film Producer
"Washed Ashore... Your work is so important. The photographs of dead seabirds with their tummies full of plastic caps are hard to forget. The documentary looks terrific."
~ Educator & Musician