OceanX Talks

  • Hear an artist, scientist or ocean activist
  • Be inspired, learn something new
  • Ten minutes of images, words and ideas

2019 Speakers

Ken Campbell: Ikkatsu Project founder, kayaker

Ken Campbell explores, educates and advocates for the ocean through marine plastics surveys, beach cleanups and more. Famous for the paddlecraft he makes out of marine trash that washes up near his Tacoma home, Campbell founded the Ikkatsu Project that organized paddle clean-ups, Tacoma Shoreline Survey and more.

Meet Ken at the Ikkatsu booth, watch an Ikkatsu film on the Ocean Fest screen and hear him speak at 10:45am.

Orian Grant: Marine biologist, educator, DJ

Orian Grant is a Tacoma field naturalist and marine biologist. Having studied sustainable research and design at PLU, Grant’s focus has been on research and relationships between communities and nature, as well as the importance of social and environmental justic for all. Grant is a Beach Heroes naturalist at the Environmental Science Center, a beach naturalist/community engagement lead at the Seattle Aquarium and puts design into practice in their company OG’s Garden & Permaculture Design.

Hear Orian’s OceanX talk on the speaker stage at 11:45am.

Lauren Boilini: Painter, swimmer

Lauren is a nationally-shown Seattle painter who’s also a long-distance cold water swimmer. For Ocean Fest she’s creating “As Above, So Below,” a series of giant watercolors of whales. Lauren has had artist residencies in Spain, Italy, Ireland, and across the US, has made public art around Maryland and Washington, and currently teaches at the Evergreen State College, Cornish College of the Arts and Pacific Lutheran University. This summer she is looking forward to a residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

Find Lauren’s work on the dockside wall, and hear her OceanX talk on the stage at 12:45pm.