Our Mission

Message in a Bottle is a series of art and education events, inspired by the ocean and marine plastic pollution. This year’s event is held on February 23-25, 2018 at The Venue at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. The entire event is free and open to the public and will feature an inspiring assortment of art and educational installations that were created by local artists and environmentalists.

By the year 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or over-watering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s oceans and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation, visit: sf.surfrider.org/

Event

Friday, February 23rd, 6-10pm – Gallery Opening – Our event series kicks off with a grand opening packed with ocean themed art, installations, tacos, and local microbrews from Lagunitas, Magnolia, Fort Point and Wawona (BYOC bring your own cup or purchase an official Surfrider Foundation Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint cup) Bring your friends and get your groove on with funk band, The Ha and DJ Combsy. Our theatre will be open with showings of Straws, It Ain’t Pretty and other stunning films. Get ready to be inspired!

All 3 days are free and open to the public but an RSVP is required for Friday’s opening party.

RSVP here

Saturday, February 24th, 10am-2pm – Open House and Craft Day – Come get crafty with Wee Scotty’s sewing workshop. Get up close to animal friends with Tree Frog Treks. Check out our activity tables while enjoying live music by Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts jazz quartet, The Real Deal.  Exhibit is open to the public until 5pm.

Sunday, February 25th, 10am-2pm – Student Appreciation Day – All Bay Area schools, families and the public are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the K-12 artists and environmentalists who are participating in our show. Come enjoy an encore performance by jazz quartet, The Real Deal and dance, music, and spoken word performances by Ruth Asawa School of the Arts students. Wee Scotty will also return with their sewing magic, and EcoGlitter Fun from the UK will be adorning faces with biodegradable glitter. Exhibit is open to the public until 5pm.

 

Sponsorship

We are excited to be hosting the event at The Venue at the Palace of Fine Arts, a beautiful and majestic space! Our impact will be worldwide with a locationthat is a top destination for many visitors both local and international. We need your sponsorship to support our efforts. Being an all volunteer-based organization all costs are for art installation and venue overhead.

MIAB SPONSOR OUTREACH

  • Humpback Whale Sponsor – $50,000 includes an area of the show designated with your company name, including a branded “photo spot”, top billing in all press as a lead sponsor, large logo on event poster and other communications, mentions in press as a lead sponsor, your logo on our Klean Kanteen pint cups, and other online communications and your name / logo on event signage
  • Whale Shark Sponsor – $20,000 includes an area of the show designated with your company name, including a branded “photo spot”, 2nd tier billing in all press, large logo on event poster and other communications, your logo on our Klean Kanteen pint cups,  and other online communications and your name / logo on event signage
  • Leatherback Sponsor – $10,000 includes an art or education installation designated with your company name and a branded “photo spot”, billing in press as a sponsor, logo on event poster and other communications and your name / logo on event signage
  • Bottlenose Dolphin Sponsor – $5,000 includes your  logo on event poster and in other communications, mention in press as a sponsor, and your name / logo on event signage
  • Pteropod Sponsor – $1,000 The beautiful and endangered Pteropod is our mascot for this year’s show. This level includes your company name on signage at the entrance,  your logo on event poster and in other communications along with the knowledge that you are helping Pteropods, a beautiful and endangered plankton.