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The Beehive Design Collective will sponsor an event, the "True Cost of Coal Storytelling," in Stockton today, April 23, and tomorrow, April 24.

Today's event will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:15 pm at San Joaquin Delta College (West Forum).

Tomorrow's event will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University of the Pacific (WPC Rm. 140).

The event will be, "A visual conversation and storytelling about coal power, climate change, and sustainability. Explore this collaboratively made mural mapping out big-picture narratives in a changing world."

The Beehive Design Collective is being showcased at San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific. The visit is sponsored by UoP Associated Students and the Sustaining Pacific and the Student Sustainability Coalition, and SJ Delta College ABSG and the Culture Awareness Program.

Based out of small-town Machias, across the country in rural Maine, the Beehive Design Collective is an all-volunteer organization of activists, artists, educators and organizers. Their main focus is creating and presenting graphic works about global issues. These portable murals are teeming with intricate images of plants and animals, illustrating surreal but meticulously researched scenes of sociocultural realities in the modern world.

From 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm, there will be a special unveiling of "It's the Same Thing," an interactive painted scroll/song performance art piece, at the Delta College event prior to the main storytelling at 4:00pm.

From 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, environmental clubs and organizations will be tabling at the University of the Pacific event prior to the main storytelling at 6:00 pm.

A 8' X 16' foot banner of "The True Cost of Coal" mural will be hung up for viewing at both venues throughout the duration of the events. There will also be decorative installations like floating bee-comb paper displays, paper circles of bees along walls, and available other visual stimuli.

The Collective has been featured on prominent social media resource site Upworthy, and in print in the Portland Press Herald as well as recipient of the Maine Arts Commission's Creative Communities, Economic Development grant (CCED) and Maine's 2014 State Arts Economic Development Award.

All of their work is anti-copyright, and their presentations resonate in relevance to many differing departments, from arts history and sociology to international relations and natural resources.

The True Cost of Coal, one of their projects, is focused on the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on the ecosystem and people in the Appalachian region, and its importance in the global landscape. It is this mural that will be presented on the Delta College and University of the Pacific campuses, with an additional conversation about how it translates and is relevant to local issues surrounding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Restore the Delta ( will be partnering with the Bees to host a graphics brainstorm and workshop to translate local issues through visual metaphors. Moreover, there will be a Restore the Delta booth at the UOP showing.

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in the case of the Beehive Design Collective, it's true," according to Restore the Delta. "Come to Stockton to check out a huge portable mural that narrates stories of environmental justice and connect the dots to our Delta and its struggles."

For more information:
Official website:
True Cost of Coal banner:

Media Contact:  Ryan Camero, SJ Delta College ASBG  209/683-8879 email: or

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