Arts and Culture at the One Water Summit

A network of water utility and artist collaborations integrating arts and culture to advance One Water and make progress on some of our most pressing water issues. The accelerator will pilot later in 2020 with 5 cities engaging around water and climate-related projects. 

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The 2019 National Arts and Culture Delegation hosted nearly twenty arts and culture leaders at the One Water Summit, which took place from September 18-20 in Austin, Texas. An additional 50 leaders attended on their own or as part of another delegation. Artists and culture bearers came from all over the United States, with varying backgrounds, interests, and creative mediums.

The US Water Alliance and ArtPlace America teamed up to offer scholarships in order to bring more participants to the Summit working at the intersection of water, arts, and culture. Over 165 leaders applied for the competitive scholarships. Delegates had the opportunity for high quality learning, peer exchange, spotlighting their work, and networking at the most diverse water conference in America. This cross-pollination helped integrate arts and culture and provided key opportunities for water managers and Alliance staff to connect with and learn from these leaders.

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Workshops, Installations, and More

The One Water Summit prominently featured arts and culture throughout the event. The US Water Alliance created a peer-to-peer dialogue on “How can creative placemaking advance a One Water future?” and a workshop on “Arts, Culture, and One Water Expansion.” Both sessions had packed rooms, with diverse and enthusiastic audiences. Summit attendees also had the opportunity to engage in several popular art and culture-related interactive activities, including sampling tap waters while networking at The Water Bar, taking an app-guided Art Walk in Austin!, contributing their own words or art for the Water as a Place of Gathering art installation, and sharing their personal connection to water at the Water StoryCorps video recording. All these ongoing activities grew and changed throughout the Summit as participants engaged with them. Finally, three featured artists – the Mariachi Amor band, Dana Falconberry, and Benny Starr – enhanced our closing plenary with cultural music, local art, and music that depicts our relationship to water resources around the nation

Check out all the arts and culture offerings 2019 attendees enjoyed!