February 18, 2022
Blue Whale Cafe was founded by Environmental Club and Arts Council in 1995 as a student lead fundraising event to educate and protect large whale species being hunted to the brink of extinction. Today, proceeds go to support all ocean life that is affected by oil spills, industrial manufacturing toxins, pesticides, inland pollution, mining, and land runoff.
Gradually, the Arts Council has become the organizer and producer of Blue Whale Cafe with the support of the Environmental Club. Arts Council purposefully designs the atmosphere to feel connected and committed to each other and that each person who volunteers, performs, or attends knows that what they are doing matters. That is why our act has included comedy, dance, spoken word, singing, rapping, and bands.
The proceeds from the 2020 Blue Whale Cafe event go to support all ocean life that is affected by oil spills, industrial manufacturing toxins, pesticides, inland pollution, mining, and land runoff.
Greenpeace has estimated that up to 12 million metric tons of plastic—everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads—end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truckload of trash every minute.
Blue Whale Cafe raised $2,800 to help remove plastic from every level of the ocean food chain that ends up in the seafood on our plates.
Giving with Purpose
Without exception, the Arts Council purposefully designs the atmosphere for attendees to feel connected and committed to ocean life knowing that each person's contribution matters.
According to Greenpeace, if we work together we can help improve "the wave of extinction facing the ocean in the coming century, which could be the worst since the dinosaur age. Irreversible damage to the ocean and the collapse of some of the most important food sources in the world will occur."
The performers are honored and respected immensely for their eagerness to protect our world's life support system.
Therefore, we embolden and promote non-judgmental performances in acceptance of the fact that every single person is a unique individual, and their individuality should be respected.
A non-judgmental attitude gives others space to be who they are, and supports them in their efforts to turn into the best version of themselves.to establish that we belong to something bigger than ourselves.
How Arts Council pulls it off.
Blue Whale takes months of planning and preparation so you get a one-of-a-kind experience.
AUGUST ISN'T TOO EARLY
We begin brainstorming ideas about the theme, setup, and assigning tasks.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Sometimes Arts Council needs to gather supplies from the entire Upper School to help make the experience in the Library a warm and inviting space.
CALL FOR DESIGNS
We ask students to create a design each year to help promote the event and to raise awareness about ocean life.
We create the artwork to fit the theme of the year.
Van Gogh Starry Night
Psychedelic Poster Style
PROMOTIONS AND SELLING TICKETS
Sponsors Blue Whale spirit week the week of the event.
Sell tickets in the dining hall and in the bookstore
Post on instagram
Encourage classmates and teachers
Assembly performance to give a taste of the event
About 40 people including faculty, staff and students spend approximately 4 hours to get the room setup for our audience.
Performers do a mic-check over a 6 hour span of time.
Waiters and waitresses take orders
Faculty and staff take tickets at the door and help with crowd control
Video and photographing the event
Saving ocean life and having fun...