Connecting arts with water stewardship

Artist stewards at the first class of the MWS Art for Water program.

The newest cohort of Master Water Stewards (MWS) are taking art to the streets. The artist-focused initiative — Art for Water — aims to engage artists of all mediums around the three pillars of the MWS program: water science, outreach to community members for behavior change, and making the land/water connection. Online coursework and in-person meetings will equip artists to use their art as an outreach tool. After coursework is complete, artists will design and implement a public “capstone” art project/performance that inspires behavior change related to water health.

The inaugural artist cohort of MWS kicked off on February 25 with an in-person class where the artists met each other, got the lay of the land, and had a chance to create art together.

Freshwater is partnering with Hennepin County on this artist-led initiative, which provides stipends for the artists’ time and materials.

See photos from the first class.