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Growing out of a collaboration between the Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Experiencing the Bosque is a multigenerational project radically integrating community organizing, art-making and environmental stewardship through the activity of creating performances together. Grounded on embodied practices that reconnect us to land and what Robin Wall Kimmerer calls “more-than-human nature,” this project is a deep investigation of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park— a 372-acre ecological restoration project of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo valley ecosystem on the U.S.-Mexico border. During this multi-year project, we are offering ongoing public workshops, performances and other events that use the creative process as a vehicle to bring together university faculty and students from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), public schools, non-profit organizations, independent artists and members of the public. 



Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Shows at 11am and 3pm
Both shows will have complementary transportation from UTEP campus and back.

Free and open to the public | Detailed Information Below

After 12 months of public workshops, we are excited to bring together everything our 300+ workshop participants contributed during this first phase of the project into our first big public performance on November 5th, 2022.

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 10716 Socorro Rd, El Paso, TX 79927. Driving directions.

Special considerations:

  • Please note that parking is extremely limited. We highly recommend carpooling with friends or riding our free bus (Information below).
  • Not all mapping applications give accurate directions to the Park. Before you leave, double check the driving directions link above.
  • Performance is ADA accessible. Everyone is welcome!
  • Bring water with you to stay hydrated as you will be moving through the Park trails.

Complementary transportation:

Free transportation will be offered to and from UTEP for both shows. The bus will leave from Parking lot DA1, right in front of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.

For Morning Performance

Departure time from UTEP: 10:15 am
Approximate return time: 1:45 pm 


For Afternoon Performance

Departure time from UTEP: 2:15 pm
Approximate return time: 5:45 pm


Please arrive early. Space in the bus is limited and spots will be first come first served.

Do you have questions? Please email us at




Living in the desert, we are well aware of water availability as a critical issue. In the years to come, water resources will only become more scarce, further marking already existing inequalities of water access across the region and across species.  We also recognize the damage that has been done to Rio Grande/Rio Bravo through harnessing the river to create a militarized border and to allow growth of the urban-agricultural complex in our region. We believe that a visceral reconnection to land and water— specifically to the Rio—  is required to shift public understanding and elicit urgent action. 


  1. Further participant’s understanding of the water crisis and encourage them to be actively involved in efforts to restore aquatic ecosystems and to conserve water. 

  2. Increase the public’s awareness about the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park as an educational, ecological and spiritual resource.

  3. Encourage and support people to become involved in care and stewardship of both the Park and the broader river valley. 

  4. Offer interdisciplinary arts-led activities to understand the importance of water and the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo watershed to our region.

  5. Create opportunities for people to experience the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park in a new way that deepens their connection to water and the ecosystems nurtured by it.

  6. Creating interactive experiences at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park that are free and open to the public, giving access to a performance process and product rarely available in our region.