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Matt Willey

Artist/Founder, The Good of the Hive

Matt Willey

Matt Willey is an art activist and the creator of The Good of the Hive, a company at the intersection of art and planetary health. In 2008, the artist had an experience with one tiny honey bee on the floor of his studio in Manhattan that would alter the direction of his life forever. In seeing this familiar insect in a completely different way, a paradigm shifted for the artist regarding his relationship to nature. This one experience eventually set him on a personal mission to hand-paint 50,000 individual honey bees – the number necessary for a healthy thriving hive – in murals around the world. This unfolding work of art is reaching hundreds of thousands of people each year, offering awareness about the beauty and importance of pollinators while celebrating the power in human connection.

Matt has painted 25 murals with over 5250 individual bees in buzzing hives of awareness and inspiration at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in NYC, Burt’s Bees Global HQ, schools, farms and community buildings across the country. He has collaborated with the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) and NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks Public Art Program. He has presented at the United Nations, the FAO, Smithsonian, the Planetary Health Alliance Meeting in Edinburgh, MIT, Duke University, Georgetown University, and the German and French Embassies.

He has a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

Summit Sessions

Cowboys, Oceans, Bees

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