Water Bar & Public Studio
 

Public studio Projects

 
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We collaborate to design, develop and facilitate creative community projects.

Water Bar & Public Studio's Co-Directors are practicing public artists with over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse organizations, businesses, and communities. We work with a network of other artists, designers, and facilitators to produce public art and engagement projects that serve water, deepen relationships, and transform culture.

What makes our COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS unique?

In all of our work, we put relationships first, prioritizing shared goals and learning over hierarchical decision-making and pre-determined outcomes. We believe that putting a reciprocal process ahead of formal planning, we can meet the goals of all partners while building collective capacity to think and act creatively, to work together in complex and challenging contexts, and to build community across difference.

Tapping into our network of artists and other creative people who do this work in many different places and networks, we can design and facilitate projects that advance ecological understanding and action while creating other social benefits for those involved. Our artistic and design work offers our partners practical solutions to complex public engagement challenges, as well as inspiration, education, and leadership development.

We work with a wide range of private organizations, public agencies, nonprofits, and their audiences. When you hire Water Bar & Public Studio to work with you, you're also hiring working artists, helping to sustain a creative economy through meaningful collaborative work.

Our EXPERIENCE

With over a decade of experience in project management, cultural organizing, exhibit design, facilitation, media production, and a range of related services - we can assist your organization or businesses with almost any type of creative or communication project. Use this form to begin a conversation.

We are available for one-off events or longer-term projects. 


Testimonials

Water Bar taught our staff to let the visitors lead the conversation and be open to questions they could not answer. It’s ok to wonder together and to share experiences and memories. Never before have we had an exhibit that was intended to do this.
— Britt Gangeness, Outreach, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
What we quickly learned was that visitors were eager to communicate and articulate their opinions, ideas, and responses ... It was an exercise that encouraged lively debate over individual taste and experience.

This is something that as museum educators we do our best to nurture and advance in the galleries. That personal taste and aesthetics are subjective and that we all bring our background, culture, gender, education, lived-experience and attitudes to the museum when we experience art – or drink tap water together – and that no single interpretation or opinion is the only and authoritative.

The Water Bar experience mirrored the gallery experience and gave our visitors permission to voice opinions, share stories, and respond to one another in ways that were revealing, delightful, humorous, and sometimes serious and difficult... And this slower pace and practice was carried into the galleries as they encountered art that was new, unusual, difficult to describe or understand, or expressed ideas that they were not familiar with or did not share.
— Julie Delliquanti, Director of Education, Cantor Arts Center