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Public Input Sought for 2015 Peoples Art Project

Submissions Due 12-13-14

Dr. Thomas Macbride

The People’s Environmental Art Project (PEAP), held during Winter Games at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, is famous for using people as its artistic medium.

This year organizers invite the public to participate in a new way. “We are asking the public to submit their design for this year’s image,” announced Chad Branham, 2015 PEAP artist. “That’s really putting the ‘people’ in the People’s Environmental Art Project!”

The only design criteria is the image be representative of the unique ecology of the Iowa Great Lakes region. “The event is sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, Lakeside’s community support organization, and Beck Engineering which helps lay out the design,” explains Jane Shuttleworth, Project Coordinator and Environmental Educator at Lakeside Lab. “Because Friends’ mission is to support Lakeside’s environmental education, research and water quality monitoring programs, we want PEAP to inspire environmental awareness and stewardship. That is why in the past we have chosen an animal characteristic of this area.” “But if folks interpret that as something other than an animal, we are open to their ideas!” chimed in Chad.

Project submission deadline is 12/13/14, or December 13, 2014. “That is easy to remember and sounds fun!” says Branham. “People can submit their drawing anyway they want. Once we pick out the design, I can adjust it to make it work.” Chad Branham is no stranger to PEAP. He designed the dragonfly in 2009, the fish in 2011, and in 2010 managed to convince over 200 people to wear red for the cardinal design.

Submissions can be scanned and emailed to friendsoflakesidelab@gmail.com, or mailed to PEAP, C/o Lakeside Lab, 1838 HW 86, Milford, IA 51351, or faxed to (712)337-0227. Applicants should include their name and contact information, and keep a copy of their design. For more information, contact Jane Shuttleworth or Lisa Roti at 712/337-3669 Ext 7 or 1.


Friends of Lakeside Lab

The Friends of Lakeside Lab was founded in 1994 to support Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and Regents Resource Center through scholarships and as a community resource for water quality monitoring, environmental education and research. The Friends is a tax-exampt, 501c3 non-profit organization. Friends membership and supporters include not only Lakeside alumni from Iowa and all over the world, but local and summer residents, businesses - in short - reflecting the diverse audiences and communities that Lakeside benefits not only locally but regionally and world-wide.

Lakeside Lab was highlighted in the University of Iowa's 2011 Annual Report "OutFront Report", and the Friends of Lakeside Lab was honored in 2013 with a statewide commendation from the Iowa Board of Regents.

The Members and Board of Directors for the Friends are made up of diverse and active individuals who have played a creative and visionary role in expanding Lakeside's education, water quality monitoring, and research programs and audiences.To learn more about the Friends and their mission, please see the 2014 Annual Report.

Since its incorporation, Friends has made many accomplishments, including:

  • A successful million-dollar capital campaign to build Lakeside's first year-round teaching and research facility, the Waitt Building, completed under budget and on schedule in 1998.
  • Expansion of Lakeside education programs to include pre-K through 12 and the life-long learners, volunteer opportunities and year-round programming.
  • Support for Lakeside's water quality monitoring and research including the involvement of community volunteers.
  • Increased scholarship and research fellowships for students.
  • Establishment of an endowment to sustain Lakeside's water quality monitoring, education and research programs.
  • Upcoming

    • The Friends of Lakeside Lab would like you to be part of the art at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory during the University of Okoboji Winter Games. Come join us on the ice in Little Miller's Bay on January 24! Watch for details to follow or contact Jane Shuttleworth at 712-337-3669 ext. 7
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