Water Bar & Public Studio artists develop and facilitate innovative public projects and programs in collaboration with cross-sector partners. Our storefront studio serves as a gathering place and incubator of new collaborative ideas and strategies. Project partners integrate cultural organizing and storytelling work with ecological science, public art, environmental policy and movement-building. Together, we can serve water while encouraging care for place and community. If you'd like to develop a public program or project with Water Bar & Public Studio, use this form to get in touch. To see what's coming up, visit our calendar.
Tending Our Shared Waters (Water Tender Pilot Program)
Freshwater and Water Bar & Public Studio are collaborating to share expertise in environmental education and public engagement over water issues. Through previous collaborations, they’ve discovered a clear desire and need for education and engagement strategies that are social and cultural, connecting to diverse community residents and businesses.
An Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is supporting a pilot project to develop a culturally relevant training and materials for Master Water Stewards and other water resource professionals, as well as neighborhood residents, who want to become Water Tenders for the Water Bar engagement platform.
The new Water Tender curriculum will be developed through a series of four story circles (listening sessions) designed and facilitated with local community hosts. These sessions will gather and engage culturally diverse participants, who will illuminate relevant connections and approaches to water issues that serve their own communities and others.
The curriculum will be piloted in two Water Tender trainings held within the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s program area. Following these trainings, new Water Tenders will volunteer at the Water Bar and at other water outreach and education events serving their community. They will also be supported with stipends to collaboratively develop and present five pop-up Water Bar programs at host sites within the community.
The project will end with a community celebration to disseminate learning, honor participants and the time and wisdom they shared, and celebrate new and deeper connections made throughout this process.
This pilot project is funded by an Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.