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Creativity and business rely on each other - and thrive together. Just as creatives must take on a business mindset to grow, and the corporate world need creativity to shake things up to innovate.
Moderated by Ombretta Agró Andruff of ARTSail, "Sheroes of the Ocean" is an informal conversation with two inspiring Ocean Warriors who are using their powerful skills in filmmaking and athletic powers to share with the public at large the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems and the impact of human behavior on them.
ARTSail originated in 2016 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant to the ArtCenter/South Florida, now Oolite Arts. A nomadic, multi-faceted platform, ARTSail facilitates interdisciplinary practice to cultural producers in the creation of innovative content addressing the climate crisis specific to South Florida.
SHIREEN RAHIMILIGHTPALACE PRODUCTIONSDr. Shireen Rahimi is the founder of Lightpalace Productions, a full-service production company based in Miami. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, PBS, Sierra Magazine, and film festivals around the world. With every aspect of her practice, Dr. Rahimi is dedicated to telling stories that encourage action and healing around our current moment of ecological crisis.
Merle Liivand is known mostly as a MODERN DAY LIFE MERMAID and has been featured in many news channels such as Telemundo, NBC, CNN, and Reuters. She is also a Guinness World Records holder for the farthest swim in mermaid fin. She was chosen to be the top 6 Frontline Voices at the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos.
OMBRETTA AGRÓ ANDRUFF
An Italian-born, Miami-based freelance curator and climate activist, Ombretta brings more than twenty years of curatorial expertise with an international practice across non-profit institutions, commercial galleries, and art advisory pursuits with private clients.
OCEANCONSERVATIONThrough stunning above and below water images and evocative storytelling, Dr. Shireen Rahimi uses her camera to enhance our emotional connection to the wonder of the natural world, often highlighting some of the threats that endanger its very existence.
Estonian swimming champion and real-life mermaid, Merle Liivand, uses her powerful stroke and mermaid tail to bring attention to how plastic is destroying our oceans and shorelines and the flora and fauna that inhabits them.
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