Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14 from 5pm to 8pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 1 from 7pm to 9pm
Vector-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue, West Nile virus and zika, among others, are transmitted by small organisms (vectors) such as mosquitoes, fleas or ticks that carry pathogens from animals to humans, person to person and place to place. These diseases cause more than 1 billion deaths annually.
As the earth warms and climate changes, the environment conducive to the spread of these diseases expands, exposing vulnerable new populations that lack any protection to these pathogens. In these circumstances, vector-borne diseases can spread rapidly and in unexpected ways, posing severe challenges to national governments, international health systems and the world’s population. The amount of greenhouse gases already in the environment ensures that the phenomenon will increase for at least the medium-term future regardless of the success of efforts to curtail emissions of CO2. The effect of warming is further amplified by the globalization of travel and trade and unplanned urbanization across the globe.
The artists’ intentions are to evoke a sense of this threat and the interconnectedness of human and natural systems. We hope to educate and to add our voices to those calling for urgent action against this existential threat to life on this planet.
Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.