Stand & Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea

Art—whether visual or performing—is a powerful tool for activism.

Art connects us to each other, identifies common bonds that hold us together and articulates emotions deep within us. Art conveys feelings that cannot be expressed by just words. Art inspires us to take action and reminds us of what we truly care about and of what matters most.

Dana Lyons performing in the Rotunda Room of Bellingham's Old City Hall for Stand and Resist.

Our “Stand & Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea” kick-off this past Wednesday night epitomized such inspiration. Indigenous and non-indigenous artists came together to celebrate the Salish Sea, sharing their works with the community.

Rena Priest reading her essay about consumption and Native culture.

Oregon and Washington stands at the forefront of fossil fuel industry attempts to transport dirty fuels such as coal, fracked natural gas, and oil. But in the wake of dirty transport proposal after another, we stand strong.

Just last month, the Whatcom County council voted against fossil fuel exports. This most recent success highlights how communities along the coast will not tolerate fossil fuel expansion.

The artists in question- Julie Trimingham, Nahaan, Renea Priest, Robert Lashley, Tracy Rector, Imani Sims, and Dana Lyons.

I am excited to see what the weeklong exhibition of visual arts will hold.

If this success is any indicator, I know that more will be inspired and motivated to STAND and RESIST for the Salish Sea.

An Exhibition of Visual Arts
When: March 29th to April 7th, weekdays from 11:30 to 2 and 4 to 6, Saturday from 12 to 5, closed Sunday, and evening reception during the Art Walk from 4 to 10 on Friday April 7th
Where: The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect Street, Bellingham WA
What: An exhibition of visual art focused on the climate and fossil fuel threats to our home in the Salish Sea region, the resistance to those threats, and visions for the future. 
Cost: Free.