"Public Water" Workshop Registration, Fall 2019
Are you a steward of the Catskill, Delaware, or Croton watersheds?

Beginning in late October, More Art and artist Mary Mattingly are hosting community workshops to develop a public art project about the watersheds that feed the NYC water supply; the experiences of the stewards based in the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton watersheds; and the complex way this system connects Hudson Valley and NYC residents. Through these workshops, we invite the public to rethink ideas about water care and access, and to share expertise and personal stories that will fuel the content and messaging of the project. In each session, we’ll explore the network of care that exists in the watershed, touching on concerns about water quality, water access, privatized water, water infrastructure, local water issues, and more.

These workshops may be especially interesting to performers, writers, and artists, as well as those interested in preservation and advocacy related to topics including water quality and management, or individuals who are looking for innovative ways to raise public awareness around environmental justice and community-led efforts around water issues.

In this moment of rising environmental urgency, at home and around the world, this is an invitation to examine the relationships to water that tie us to this place and one another. The recent threats of rollbacks to clean water protections have brought us to a tipping point. This project provides an opportunity to amplify the work of Hudson Valley communities, and, in this moment of change, envision a more balanced future.

There will be two different workshops. First--at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (October 26) and at the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (November 2)--we will gain critical feedback and responses to the NYC watershed through design exercises and creative writing.

Second--at the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (November 2)-- through discussion and script development, participants will collaborate with the artist to explore how these stories can be developed into a script and performance score that will be used as part of the public artwork and performance.

During Spring 2020, the material generated in the workshops will be presented in conjunction with a sculpture installed in a public space in NYC that provides a stage for storytelling, encouraging dialogue with the public. The artwork will bring attention to the extent of care upstate stewards are performing to maintain the NYC water supply. The installation will include programming developed in collaboration with environmental justice and water organizations from watershed regions and New York City. Workshop participants are invited to continue collaborating on the project as a performer, or as an advisor/project partner for the Spring 2020 public presentation in NYC.

Please contact Elana Lado at info@moreart.org for more information, or visit http://moreart.org/public-water-watershed-workshops/
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Workshop #1
Public Water: COLLECTIONS: Circulating stories
A collaborative infrastructure design and writing workshop

When: October 26, 2-5pm
Where: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY 12545

When: November 2, 10am-1pm
Where: Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, 3130 NY-28, Shokan, NY 12481

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Workshop #2:
Public Water: PROGRESSIONS: Future care
A script writing and acting workshop

When: November 2, 2-5pm
Where: Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, 3130 NY-28, Shokan, NY 12481

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