Start a Project
We would love to do a project with you. We are open to partnership on projects that generate collaborative art experiences on the theme of appreciation for water. We emphasize quality work on a trim budget with cultural relevance and minimal ecological impact. Drop us a line to connect. This page provides ideas of what might be possible.
- Seattle Green Festival
- Collaborative Painting
- Rainbow Rainstick
- Art on NISH Campus
Artists as Leaders
More than 120 children and young at heart made RAINSTICKS with Beauty of Water at Seattle Green Festival in 2010. This fun activity was made possible through:
Beauty of Water likes working alongside accomplished artists, and we invite artists to be leaders. While we do not commission artist-leaders, we occasionally provide modest stipends, or work with community members to develop sponsors.
Do you have an idea for an art project that expresses appreciation for water? Is it collaborative?
Some of the artists we most admire, such as Jackie Brookner, Basia Irland, Xavier Cortada, Betsy Damon and Shelley Sacks, have worked with water in collaborative ways.
If you are an artist and want help getting a project along these lines started, or you are a community member with a vision, let’s talk about collaboration possibilities.
Artists’ River Trek
We are enthralled with an idea conceived by Beauty of Water collaborator Latha Kurien Rajeev and art critic Johny ML. Imagine a group of artists of many disciplines treking along a river for ten days, getting to know the people and other living systems encountered, producing one or more art pieces as an outcome of this journey.
Some of the best ideas take time to gestate; some simply await your energy. Does this speak to you? Drop a line, let’s make it happen.
What is water saying in your neck of the planet? Is it clean? Shared? Honored? Celebrated? Here are some ideas for expressing appreciation for water through collaborative art.
- Group art exhibit
- Art camp on the water
- Spectacular rain garden
- Beach art with found objects
- Innovative catchment system
- Photography project
- Multi-media festival
- Community installation
- SWE Downspout
- Kerala Backwaters Workshop
- Scriber Lake High School Mini-Course
- Arts & Healing Network Award
Water and Climate Change
Beauty of Water is deep in thought about how to develop meaningful, participatory offerings in relation to water and climate change. We are looking at global events such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conferences.
Inspired by Wooloo.org’s New Life Cancún, we seek to co-create experiences that stimulate creative thinking while building trust, with water as our guiding force.
Contact us to share your ideas or join in this developing work.
Beauty of Water, in collaboration with the Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts in Mavelikara, Kerala, India, has developed a multi-week learning series appropriate for high schools, colleges, and community groups.
Beauty of Water offers the curriculum as a free download, with donations accepted from those who can afford to share wealth.
We would be happy to provide ideas for customizing this curriculum to better suit your population and resources. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help or how you’ve improved upon these ideas.
Art on NISH Campus
Make a rainstick and donate it if you can part with it. These simple, beautiful instruments bring a sense of peace, and are easy to make.
Beauty of Water is gathering rainsticks from around the world to incorporate into a multi-sensory installation that we will produce in the future. Join this campaign. We’ll tell your story here, and you will be a part of a global creation. Thanks Gena Rabinowitz for this photo!
Thanks to Latha Kurien Rajeev and other collaborators for many of these ideas! Share your ideas and we’ll list them here.
If the Water Could Talk…
Question posed: If the water at the beach we visited this week could talk, what would it say to you? “It would say thank you for visiting me today and studying my nature.”
Beauty of Water is delighted to be a project of the International Humanities Center.
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