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SIP Program: Mississippi Draw Workshop w/ Asia Ward

  • Water Bar & Public Studio 2516 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN, 55418 United States (map)

Learn about microscopic river life and practice drawing in this fun workshop led by artist Asia Ward. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Mississippi Draw (MS Draw) is a workshop developed by artist Asia Ward, who uses projectors to amplify images of live macro and micro invertebrates as well as plant material she's gathered from the Mississippi River. Participants are provided with drawing pads and drawing mediums. Collaborating ecologists help identify and describe the life forms seen under the microscope. For more information about MS Draw, check out this blog.


Asia Ward is a Minnesota based artist who creates public art projects about the environment, water systems, and electric power production. Since 2006, Asia has been working for the Science Museum of Minnesota and in 2012 started working for the KidWind Project developing products, writing curriculum, and training teachers about renewable energy education. Asia has participated in several Artist Residencies around the US and has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts board, the Jerome Foundation, Northern Lights, Public Art Saint Paul, and the Knight Foundation, and was recently selected to be one of the featured artists in the book: The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich from the Exploratorium. Check out Asia's work here.


All SIP Programs are free and open to our SIP Fund supporters. Get a sneak peek at the kinds of art, culture, and environment programs that will be part of the new Water Bar & Public Studio before our doors open to the public. To attend, donate any amount to the SIP Fund (your name and email will be added to our contact list) or make a donation at the door. Funding supports the continued development of this project and space.