Is art powerful enough to save an endangered species? Platform Art is bringing attention to the challenge. In 2017, Platform Art is partnering with artist, Paolo “Pollyzoom” Allen, to produce a stop-motion animated film, “It Takes A Village, The Florida Scrub Jay.” Written and directed by Allen, the film uses hand-drawn images, animated to tell the noteworthy story of this unique Florida bird, its complicated social system, and fragile habitat. It is designed as an educational companion to 4th-5th grade environmental curriculums.

The Florida Scrub Jay film is the result of Platform Art’s 2017 project, Art & Ecology. Both film screenings and educational events are scheduled as follows:

  • Film PremiereMarch 31, 2017 Southeastern University Revolution Film Festival – Lakeland, FL
  • Private Film Screening & Discussion  – April 1, 2017 Platform Members Salon. Film viewing followed by discussion led by guest speaker, Dr. Reed Bowman from Archbold Biological Station. Libations and Florida wild game hors d’ oeuvres provided by local hunters and chefs. For reservations, click here.
  • Public Film Screening – Friday, April 7 | 7pm – 8:30pm | Waller Design Center, 1065 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL
  • Public Mural – As a companion to the Florida Scrub Jay film, Platform Art partnered with schools in Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas districts to build collage murals of endangered Florida species. The painted and collage murals of students’ artwork will be exhibited at Platform Kids, Feb. 11; and in the Lakeland City Hall lobby, February 13 – August 18, 2017.

About Paola Allen – Inspired by Picasso’s linear drawings, New York School of Art 1950’s, and the whimsical style of artist Niki de Saint Phalle, Paola “Pollyzoom” Allen’s illustrations and animations, evoke playful, energetic characters. The dreamy world of Pollyzoom stretches far beyond the digital screens and canvases of a gallery. For many years Allen has been an advocate and creator of innovative children’s programming. Producing over 500 exhibits with and for children, Allen’s roots run deep in the local and international art community, as she continues to consult, create and produce major exhibits in visual and digital art. This is Platform’s second commission with PollyZoom for international and statewide public art projects.