WaterWalks: Mapping Pittsburgh's Watersheds
WaterWalks: Creative Action for Community Justice is excited to announce Walk #3: Mapping Pittsburgh's Watersheds!

Watersheds are sites of interconnection: they link communities, supply our drinking water, and sustain ecosystems. In collaboration with artist Katy DeMent, we will assess the significance of our regional watershed system and create a handmade paper watershed map of Pittsburgh. We'll also engage with a “Digital Sandbox” provided by 3 Rivers Wet Weather. This interactive augmented reality “sandbox” demonstrates Pittsburgh's unique topography in relation to our regional watershed ecosystem. The event is free and open to everyone!

Saturday, October 12th
1 PM - 4 PM

Construction Junction
214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Please let us know if you’ll be able to join us by completing the questions below. Also, please feel free to share this invitation far and wide! Our Facebook event is here: facebook.com/events/379766179639305/.


WaterWalks: Creative Action for Community Justice is an ongoing collaboration between CMU students and local artists, activists, and community leaders who are confronting issues of water and environmental justice in Pittsburgh. The project is structured around a series of “Walks” (or creative participatory experiences) that draw from local histories, cultures, and politics; celebrate community action; and advocate for sustainable legislative change. These Walks are open to the public and serve as opportunities to share knowledge and engage issues of environmental justice through art.

Katy DeMent is a papermaker, printmaker, painter, ceramicist, sculptor, and metalworker. Her work often invites the viewer to playfully interact with the artwork through light and kinetic elements that bring imagery to life. Katy worked with artist Laura Ramie to illustrate and build the Pittsburgh Climate Change Crankie, a manually powered paper panoramic illustration that tells the story of Pittsburgh’s environmental evolution. The Crankie helped start community conversations about Pittsburgh’s industrial history, its environmental legacy, and the community’s role in making improvements for the future through performances accompanied by hands-on art activities for all ages. To learn more about Katy and her artistic practice, visit www.thepaperlady.com.

3 Rivers Wet Weather, a nonprofit organization, is committed to improving the quality of Allegheny County's water resources by helping communities address the issue of untreated sewage and stormwater affecting the region's waterways. To promote the most cost-effective, long-term, sustainable solutions, 3RWW develops technical guidance and resources to assist municipalities with regulatory compliance, convenes forums to encourage a consensus-based approach for feasible and affordable wet weather planning, educates the public and advocates inter-municipal partnerships which will lead to consolidation of the fragmented municipal sewer collection system. For more information, visit www.3riverswetweather.org.

Construction Junction supports and promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials. CJ is always trying to come up with ways to do more than reuse.

Contact Zachary Rapaport (zrapapor@andrew.cmu.edu) or CJ Walsh (cjwalsh@andrew.cmu.edu) with any questions or concerns. You can also call Zachary at (561) 329-4955.
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