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Beehive Collective uses art to describe globalization

April 12, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Beehive Design Collective, a volunteer-driven, political arts organization will present "Dismantling Monoculture: Globalization and Resistance in the Americas" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Multicultural Center at Western Michigan University.

Using intricately designed posters as their medium, the collective artists seek to educate the public on complex geopolitical issues, such as militarism, resource extraction and colonialism. Sponsored by WMU's Students for a Sustainable Earth and the International Politics Forum, the event will demonstrate the relationships among globalization, public policy, environmental issues and other policitical and social concerns.

"The Beehive Design Collective utilizes a very interesting and unique way to bring together the many factors involved in globalization," says John Kokalakis, public relations chair for Students for a Sustainable Earth.

The Beehive Design Collective is based in eastern Maine, where the artists in the collective create political art designed for education on multiple issues, ranging from agricultural trade to the global impacts of multinational corporations. Behind each project are countless hours spent touring and conducting interviews with community members about the effects of globalization on their lives.

Visit www.beehivecollective.org for more information about the collective. More information about Students for a Sustainable Earth is available at www.ssewmu.org.

The WMU Multicultural Center is located in the Adrian Trimpe Building, on Knollwood Avenue, next to Faunce Student Services Building.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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