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We know water stories.

Hire a Water Bar artist to lead your next storytelling or media project on water issues or climate change. With over a decade of experience, we can consult with production teams, create pop-up storytelling spaces and events, or help you find artists to share stories about the value of water at your conferences and gatherings.

Artists in our community have experience with audio and video production, public event design and facilitation, exhibit design in both art and science museum settings, and storytelling in a variety of contexts and spaces. Keep scrolling for examples of previous projects led by Water Bar artists.


Video Work

Sharon Day is Awaanakwe (Water Woman). Nibi Walk chronicles her 1,754 mile walk of the Mississippi River, just one of the walks she and others have undertaken to pray for the water.

Former barge hand Kevin O' Rourke reads his poem "Though I Destroyed My Body Doing It" while BodyCartography interprets the poem through movement in the Saint Paul harbor.

Written and narrated by Mike Davis, a mussel ecologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, this short film animates an imaginary letter from a freshwater mussel to the people of the Mississippi River.

Toua Xiong, owner of Kathy's Live Bait, reflects on what he's learned from his mentor Richard Gimpl about running a bait shop business, as well as what he teaches other customers who are newcomers to this country.

Sculptor Aaron Dysart considers his relationship with the Mississippi in this short documentary that weaves together thoughts on place, ecology, and collaboration, with an inside look at his “Soap Boat” project.


Audio Work



Water Bar artists can lead one-time projects for a flat fee, can bill hourly for specific storytelling services, or can compose artist teams to work on original projects for your organization within a wide range of budgets. Use the form here to start a conversation!