We serve water to BUILD relationships that Activate communities 


Water Bar & Public Studio works by facilitating dialogues, relationships, and creative collaborations across sector and in community.

We work with people and organizations across the public, private and non-profit sectors to uncover and enhance the cultural value of water in our world.



Our core commitment as an artist-led public benefit corporation. We go to the places where water needs tending, and we serve water – literally and figuratively – in collaboration with other individuals, organizations and networks.


We serve water in creative and social spaces to explore the meaning of water to our lives, places and communities. As we ask questions and imagine possibilities together, new relationships are built and existing ones are recognized or deepened. 

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When relationships are forged through meaningful dialogue and shared work, critical collaborations are sparked. We work with our partners to find ways to activate communities through collaboration, to serve water in unique and impactful ways.


Some of the things we're currently working on.


New Storefront coming fall 2017!

Located in the heart of northeast Minneapolis, our new location will be home to exhibitions, public programs, an art and book shop, and collaborations of all kinds. 



Water Bar & Public Studio
2518 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN, 55418


We are temporarily CLOSED while we renovate and relaunch a new storefront space - stay tuned!


Email: hello[at]water-bar[dot]org
Or say hello!


Upcoming storefront events

Upcoming Pop-ups


Creative Services

Our creative services are designed by artists with over a decade of experience in public engagement and facilitation. We work with neighborhood organizations, small businesses, cities and government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, environmental nonprofits, high schools and colleges, art museums and more.


Water Bar pop-ups

Bring Water Bar to your organization, conference, festival, private or public event. Customize with additional service offerings.

Speaking and Facilitation

Our presentations and facilitated workshops offer inspiration to a range of groups looking to develop creative collaborations.



Our network of volunteer "water tenders" serve water at Water Bar Pop-ups across the region, and help to run our storefront in NE Minneapolis, participating in creative community projects and programs. Sign-up below and we'll add you to our monthly volunteer newsletter with opportunities to get involved, to learn, and to connect with others!


We can’t #ServeWater without you.

In just 2 years Water Bar has served more than 50,000 people across the country. Visitors leave inspired to connect with water resources where they live and take action. Your support is key to sustaining and growing this groundbreaking project. Volunteer with us, host a Water Bar Pop-up, or give to our fundraising campaign.