AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is proud to announce its fourth annual Blue Hour fundraiser, an event that connects science, culture, and community by combining art and technology to tell the story of and raise awareness for the emerging blue economy.
Blue Hour: Above and Below will celebrate both local and global trailblazers who are paving the path for innovation in the blue economy, as well as feature over 20 local and global artists. The event will take place on October 14, with doors opening at 5 PM for the art gallery and the awards ceremony starting at 7 PM. For more information and tickets, please visit: www.AltaSea.org/Blue-Hour-2023/.
The Host Committee for AltaSea’s fourth annual Blue Hour includes former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; renowned ocean explorers Sylvia Earle, Dr. Bob Ballard, and Ashlan and Phillippe Cousteau; and nonprofit leader Barbara Stanton.
In line with this year’s theme of “Women Stewarding the Ocean,” AltaSea will recognize four women who have made remarkable contributions to the blue economy:
•Explorer Award: Kim Butts, Avatar Alliance Foundation
•Innovation Award: Inna Braverman, founder & CEO of Eco Wave Power
•NextGen Award: Dr. Patricia Ramos, Dean of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College
•Cornerstone Award: Camilla Townsend, AltaSea Founding Chair
Sponsored by Air Products, City National Bank, and others, Blue Hour: Above and Below will feature a captivating display of art installations spread throughout Berth 57 – a 45,000 square foot warehouse turned temporary art gallery. The artwork will be curated by world-renowned artist Kim Abeles, who has dedicated her career to promoting social and environmental justice through her work displayed at countless museums across the United States. The curated art experience will feature artists Cesar & Lois, Cynthia Minet, Danielle Eubank, Patsy Cox, and many more. A full list of artists – along with some previews of the art – can be found on the Blue Hour website.
“We are thrilled to present the fourth annual Blue Hour, bringing a captivating fusion of art, technology, and culture to celebrate the ocean’s beauty and resilience, while also raising awareness for the urgent need for its conservation,” said AltaSea President & CEO Terry Tamminen. “Art is one of the most powerful mediums to connect people with nature and ignite a passion for marine conservation, which will help grow the blue economy and pave the way for a more sustainable future for the world.”
Also sponsoring the event are: Eco Wave Power, Enlyst Fund, Drive N’ Surf, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Athens Services, Eco Equity, Beneficial State Bank, and The Jankovich Company.
The funds raised by Blue Hour supports AltaSea’s Project Blue, which provides educational programs to students throughout Los Angeles, giving them an opportunity to learn about the vast opportunities within the blue economy – from marine conservation to underwater robotics and clean energy.
Background on the four honorees: