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Center for Coastal Studies’ Napi’s Lecture Series – Mark Adams

March 29 @ 7:00 pm

What can art and artists do to visualize how the world works and make us better animals in the face of global change, with a shared sense of well-being, living sustainable lives?

Join Mark Adams, CCS Scientist/Artist-in-Residence, for a March 29 presentation at 7 p.m. as part of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Napi’s Lecture Series. Adams will combine examples of art installations and sketchbooks with a discussion about his experiences as a coastal geologist, artist and teacher, as well as work volunteering with refugees in the Mediterranean and at the US border.

Artists can portray the world of nature with a bold brush that supports what science can offer. While an artistic image is less specific than a scientific data sheet, it can open a window into the psychology of the viewer and trigger an understanding with greater dimension.

“As artist/scientist in residence at CCS I want to use this opportunity to infuse the creative process with an awareness of the natural systems and human interdependencies. If I had a manifesto it would be that all life forms matter and are linked by the flow of energy and nutrients, that resources move through nature in a network, a web of being and that our actions must foster the flow of productivity. Without nature’s abundance and diversity we become prisoners in artificial lives and our experiences become more sterile. We need to understand the movement of plankton and whales but we also need to foster human freedom to move and migrate as resources shift or crops fail,” Adams said.

This is an in-person presentation at Napi’s Restaurant, 7 Freeman Street, Provincetown, MA. 02657. Napi’s will open for dinner service at 5 p.m. on March 29 and the lecture will be at 7 p.m. on the second floor.

The event is free admission, but registration is requested. Please sign up online.

Climate change and sea level rise are outpacing nature’s capacity to adapt. Marshes must retreat upland as seas rise and fisheries will shift with temperature. Human populations are also on the move. War, conflict and profound gaps in wealth and equity displace people and drive them to seek asylum. Often they find borders sealed and the process interminable. Generations are lost and wasted. These “people on the move” could be contributing to communities and economies. Climate change is creating a gigantic wave of human migration as the natural world also moves to adapt. The world is being re-mapped along with our habitable niche, like every other organism. Just as we use science to understand how to sustain nature, we must let policy and civic decisions be guided by a sense of human ecology.

Artists can join the ranks of scientists in visualizing the world and bringing an awareness of human ecology as an abiding value. Public art can provoke a discussion of our place in a community of nature and remind us how we can live better in community nature and humanity.

Mark Adams’ art work is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) named Mark Adams as its 2023 Artist of the Year. He worked for many years as a geologist and cartographer for the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Napi’s Lecture Series occurs annually in tribute to Anton “Napi” Van Dereck Haunstrup, founder of Napi’s Restaurant in Provincetown and a longtime friend to the Center for Coastal Studies. Established in 1976, the Center for Coastal Studies is a marine lab dedicated to understanding, preserving and protecting marine ecosystems and the coastal environment.


March 29
7:00 pm
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Napi’s Restaurant
7 Freeman Street
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