Special Events

Summer Workshops

WANTED: ALIVE
A Summer Art Adventure
Learn to Draw and Paint Animals
Collect a coloring poster of nine endangered animals and learn fascinating facts about each one. The poster will help you learn how to draw all the animal faces; our featured studio project will be making dot paintings on canvas for a beautiful finished piece to hang on your wall or give as a gift. Project cost $20

PLUS, every week, you can enter a drawing to win a free sand painting activity in the studio!

Elephant
July 6th – 12th
Elephants are a keystone species, meaning they play an important role in the biodiversity of their ecosystem.
They are also endangered and face many threats such as ivory poachers and habitat loss.

Bee
July 13th – 19th
Bees are extremely important to our planet because they pollinate about one sixth of the plant species worldwide and in the U.S. about one third of everything we eat! And because of their role in helping the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, they provide food and shelter for many other animal. However, due to climate change, many species of bees are now endangered.

Sea Turtle
July 20th – 26th

Nearly all specials of Sea Turtles are endangered mainly due to climate change and pollution, but Sea Turtles are crucial to the environment for many reasons. Their eggs provide nutrients to dune grasses, preventing coastal erosion. They feed on seagrass beds, preventing ocean floor erosion. They provide a habitat for “aquatic hitchhikers” like barnacles, crustaceans, and algae, and “resting spots” for migrating seabirds when they surface.

Lion
July 27th – August 2nd

Lions are now endangered, mainly due to habitat destruction. However, the loss of lions has a negative effect on Africa’s fragile ecosystems because they play important role in the food chain, helping to regulate dominant herbivore species, such as zebra and buffalo.  Without lions to control them, these species can out-compete other animals, causing extinction and reduced biodiversity.

Sloth
August 3rd – 9th

Attention Sloth-lovers! Don’t miss the week of the Sloth at Artbeat! Sloths are an integral part of tropical rain forest ecosystems, but they are now endangered due to deforestation which means the destruction and fragmentation of their habitats.

Dolphin
August 10th – 16th

Dolphins, like many other high-level predators, play an important role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. They prey mainly on old and ill fish, fighting diseases among fish populations. However, many species of dolphin are endangered due to climate change, pollution, noise pollution from sea traffic, and modern fishing techniques.

Orangutan
August 17th – 23rd
Orangutans are a keystone species and they are critically endangered due to deforestation and habitat destruction. Orangutans are very important to their ecosystem because their fruit-eating and subsequent seed-dispersing helps shape and preserve tropical rain forests. As they disappear, thousands of other animals and plant species in fragile tropical rain forest habitats disappear with them.

Butterfly
August 24th – 30th

Butterflies provide a wide range of environmental benefits, including pollination and pest control and they support a wide range predators such as bird and bats. Many species of butterflies are now endangered due to climate change and the destruction of their food sources. For instance, the Monarch butterfly has become critically endangered because their food source, milkweed, has been largely destroyed by industrial agriculture.