The issues facing the ocean are vast and diverse. Overfishing, fossil fuel extraction, pollution, climate change, and the directed hunting of whales and dolphins continues to take its toll on our oceans.
While these issues are dire, the way that we educate, connect, and inspire communities does not have to be.
At OPS, we believe in the power of art and imagery. We know that art has the ability to reach people like no other medium can, inspiring hope, connection, and motivation to activate the next generation of ocean heroes.
Inspiring action through art and imagery is at the very core of OPS and everything that we do, from our documentary films to our global projection events and artivist campaigns.
Sea of Connections. Like our global projection events, we work to transform the surfaces of buildings into canvases of learning and inspiration. Sea of Connections is a collaboration with Canvas of the Wild, and is outreach campaign that creates interactive murals and educational art experiences to empower students to create, explore, and protect our oceans.
Our mission is to create a collection of murals that celebrate our oceans’ rich biodiversity. Each mural will be complemented by experiences which uplift marine science topics to students and communities across the globe, starting in Florida.
Students will engage in interactive learning at every mural with workshops, mural painting, and access to a knowledge base with marine science resources for all ages. Utilizing unique technology embedded in the walls, these works of art connect to digital learning resources, inspiring students and local communities, and bringing the ocean to urban settings. Using a smart phone, a viewer can explore the public artwork and its interactive components both in-person, and at home.
Every year, our goal is to expand the available curriculum in the Canvas of the Wild knowledge base with two new mural locations in places that need them the most, including curriculum-based activity books for schools and parents.
OPS Feature Artist. OPS is often approached by artists around the world seeking to contribute to both our mission and public awareness about issues such as wildlife conservation, climate change, and protecting oceans and marine life.
In response, we created our ‘OPS Feature Artist’ partnership program that features a different artist on a rotating basis. A few times a year, OPS will highlight the work of a profiled artist, showcasing his or her artwork to motivate and ignite the activist in each of us.
By featuring the amazing artwork of ‘artivists’ around the globe, we are committed to inspiring individual action and fostering collaborative solutions to the Planet’s most pressing issues.
What you can do!
Donate to Sea of Connections so that we can connect communities to oceans around the world.
Let us know where you would like to see an interactive mural installed next!
Purchase a piece of art from our OPS Feature Artist to support our films and impact campaigns.
Contact us to become the next OPS Feature Artist.