Global Alliance of Artists to Help Clean Up Chicago Beaches

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Global Alliance of Artists aligning with writers and environmental groups to address Chicago's beach pollution. Increase in violence should not be public's only concern.

“While recent event in the news have focused on beach violence, equally concerning are environmental challenges that are also our responsibility,” said Catherine Game, Program Manager of Environmental Initiatives for Global Alliance of Artists.

Global Alliance of Artists or “GAA” is focusing on cleaning up Chicago’s beaches this summer. July 23, 2011 will be there first of three events to target beach pollution through Global Alliance of Artists’ annual What We Worry About Series.

This year’s program is titled What We Worry About: Chicago Writers on Protecting Our Beaches. The series will include accomplished Chicago writers Jill Charles, poet and contributor to the Journal of Ordinary Thought; Amy Leach, essayist whose work has been published in the Iowa Review; Jeff Lyon, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist; and Cecilia Pinto, nationally published poet and Director of the Hands on Stanzas program at The Poetry Center will present their work and inspire volunteers before participating in a beach clean-up.

In addition to the readings, GAA and members from the public will be working with the Alliance for the Great Lakes adopt-a-beach Program to physically clean up the beaches and address what we can do to create healthier beaches. Beach pollution caused more than 18,000 closings and swimming advisory days at ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches in 2009.

Series event dates: Saturday, July 23rd, August 13th and September 10th each from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at North Avenue Beach. For more information about the event, contact Catherine Game at Catherine(dot)game(at)gmail(dot)com.

Global Alliance of Artists is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that solves social and environmental problems on a local, national and international level by leveraging artists and creativity found in communities. It was founded by writer Dina Rabadi in 2006. More on Global Alliance of Artists can be found at http://www.GlobalAllianceArtists.org.

More on Alliance for Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program can be found at http://www.greatlakes.org/adoptabeach. Information on how to keep our beaches clean can be found on the Chicago Park District’s website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches/#clean_beach

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