The in-person event features Shinnecock Kelp Farmer Danielle Hopson-Begun,

marine scientist Gaelin Rosenwaks, and artist Kathleen J Graves


The Shinnecock Kelp Farmers (left to right) Waban Tarrant, Rebecca Genia, Tela Troge, Darlene Troge,

Donna Collins-Smith, Danielle Hopson-Begun


WATER MILL, NY 4/6/2022—In celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 22, the Parrish Art Museum presents a panel discussion exploring the relationship between water quality, cultural practices, and environmental activism on the East End. Danielle Hopson-Begun, of the Shinnecock Kelp Farmers, marine scientist Gaelin Rosenwaks, and artist Kathleen J Graves are the panelists who will bring perspectives from the visual arts, Indigenous environmental restoration, and marine biology research. The talk, which begins at 6pm and includes an audience Q&A, is moderated by Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects Corinne Erni. Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. Guests are encouraged to review the Parrish COVID protocols below, or at


Danielle “Munnannock” Hopson-Begun is a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and a member of Shinnecock Kelp Farmers—a multigenerational collective of six Indigenous women addressing the climate crisis. Kelp cultivation is a nature-based climate mitigation strategy that draws on the Shinnecock tradition of using seaweed. Through the cultivation and harvesting of sugar kelp in Shinnecock Bay, their goals are the restoration of the bay and creation of an environmentally friendly fertilizer from the matured kelp. Using a range of skills that exist within its community, the Shinnecock Nation is building the first Indigenous-owned and operated kelp hatchery on the east coast.


Marine scientist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker Gaelin Rosenwaks began her career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conducting research in Antarctica and earned her master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University researching Giant Bluefin Tunas. Alarmed by the changes in the oceans, Rosenwaks founded Global Ocean Exploration Inc. to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation, and storytelling. She now participates and conducts expeditions in every ocean to inform the public about the challenges facing the oceans, and efforts in science to understand these changes. Rosenwaks has published articles in scientific journals, newspapers and magazines and has lectured at global conferences and institutions. She has appeared as an expert and host on programs for The Discovery Channel, Science Channel, CBS News, and National Geographic Channel. Her photography has been displayed in many exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Duke University, The Maritime Aquarium, and the Patagonia Upper West Side Store in NYC. Her latest film project, Finding Physty, about her personal connection with sperm whales is thecover story in the June/July 2020 issue of Outside Magazine


Kathleen J Graves is an artist and photographer whose work, based on her love of nature and technology, reflects changing weather patterns worldwide and flooding in the Long Island area where she resides. For her Bot Studies, Graves builds 3D objects by using organic elements and re-purposing throwaway materials and electronics. Based on science and its discoveries about AI, the Bots become a species with their own intentions, abilities, ideas, and purpose; and reference how we live, what we manufacture and buy, what we forget about and throw away. In her work, Graves tries to bridge the divide between our alienation from technology’s forms and our ability to humanize them. At NYU, Graves was Director of the Advanced Digital Print Studio (2005-2012) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Pratt Manhattan, and the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been shown in New York, Miami, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Korea


Proof of vaccine is required for attendees ages 5 and older for all events and programs at the Lichtenstein Theater, Café, & Studio; those age 18 and older must also provide a valid ID. (Negative test results are no longer accepted.)  For more information regarding our COVID-19 protocol, go here.


Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor Bank of America.

Additional support provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group.

The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world. 


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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