A Confluence of Stewards

Celebrating Work for Water!


Confluence: Coming together for water and art. Join us for a free festival celebrating the work of Minnesota Water Steward volunteers!Confluence: Coming Together for Water and Art

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
11 am–3 pm at North Suburban Center for the Arts,
Manomin Park: 6666 E River Road, Fridley, MN 55432

Join us for an open house festival celebrating of the work of Minnesota Water Steward (MWS) volunteers!

Newly certified Stewards, seasoned Stewards, program partners, supporters, and the public are all welcome!

A cohort of the MWS program are artists who have created public art that educates and inspires awareness about water issues. A variety of activities will take place throughout the event, including live music, an interpretive hike along the river, art activities for kids (and adults!), The Rustic Chef food truck, free Grandpa's ice cream, tabling by various groups, art exhibits, and a shop with art for sale. There will be a brief program at 1 pm to talk about the MWS program, celebrate this year's work for water, and certify our newest Minnesota Water Stewards.

This event is free, but please RSVP below. We will follow the most current COVID guidelines from the CDC.

Schedule of activities:

11 am–3 pm
Steward project conversations
Tabletop art activities
Gallery shows and gift shop
Rustic Chef food truck
Free Grandpa’s Ice Cream (while it lasts!)
Sculpture installation by artist Ian Nystrom
Self-guided hike to the Mississippi River

11 am–1 pm
Puppet making and drawing with artist Madeline Helling

11 am–12 pm
Chalk Art with artist Geno Okok

12–12:20 pm
Musical performance by Snoti Jappah

1–1:30 pm
Program to recognize and certify Stewards

1:45–2:30 pm
Interpretive hike with artist Presley Martin

Getting to the event:

Parking: Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis, there is plenty of parking at the site. The Banfill-Locke parking lot has 20 regular parking spots and two dedicated handicapped spots. Additional parking is available in the Manomin Park lot (about .25 miles north; accessible via Manomin Park walking paths) and in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will have signage for overflow parking.

Transportation: The art center is located on the 852 Express / Northtown / Anoka Tech bus line; get off at the East River Road & Rice Creek Way stop

Accessibility: The majority of the event will take place in Manomin Park near the water. There are paved paths and bridges down to the park from both parking lots. The Banfill-Locke building is historic and isn’t able to make some parts ADA accessible. Please note that only the first floor is wheelchair accessible and some doorways are narrower than usual (the smallest doorway is 29 inches wise). All exhibitions on the second floor can be viewed virtually via the website. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please reach out to the North Suburban Center for the Arts office!

Thank you to our event partners and sponsors

Take a peek at some of our artists' work

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