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October 6, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — The Beehive Collective, a grassroots organization based in Maine, is coming to the Simon's Rock College Lecture Center on Tuesday, October 17th, from 7 to 9 p.m., to give their presentation "Dismantling Monoculture: Tales of Ants and Economics in the Americas."

The Beehive Design Collective is a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts organization based in eastern Maine. The collective travels throughout North America giving presentations on colonization, militarism, and resource extraction in the Americas, using large-scale portable murals that illustrate the issues they discuss.

The group's mission is to “cross pollinate the grassroots” through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and educating the public about complex geopolitical issues. They artistically present information about the Free Trade Areas in the Americas, Plan Colombia, and the resistance to Plan Puebla Panama; free-market development plans for Meso- and Latin America.

The Collective works on numerous fronts to tackle issues as diverse as biotechnology, the prison system, corporate globalization, the replacement of agriculture with agribusiness, infrastructure mega-development, and the umbrella of colonialism. Their current focal project is the completion of a graphic trilogy depicting the effects of and resistance to globalization. Their body of work is distributed as "anti-copyright" cultural tools: individuals and organizations are encouraged to reproduce their graphics for non-profit use as a means of circulating information and awareness.

The all-volunteer Beehive Collective is currently on tour through the United States to raise funds for the printing and distribution of their trilogy finale graphic. This event, hosted by the Simon's Rock Activist Collective, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Katharina Kempf at kkempf.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706