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EXPERIENCING THE BOSQUE

 

Somos Agua has chosen the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park as our first site for exploration, contemplation and creation. Experiencing the Bosque is a year-long intervention that, through public events, brings people together to create, learn and grow as we reconnect to and learn about the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo valley environment. The project will culminate in an ambitious performance installation at the Rio Bosque, tentatively scheduled for fall 2022, where Somos Agua will curate material from the hundreds of people engaged through this process. During this weekend-long installation, the public will be invited to experience the park in a new, multi-sensorial way, and to foster a deep understanding of the importance the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo has in our region. This community-engaged artistic design will also offer opportunities for dialogue around the importance of the park’s existence, the various plant and animal relatives that live there, and its complicated political history.

The goals of this project are:

  1. Sensitizing people to the importance of water
  2. Making people aware of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park as an ecological-educational-cultural-spiritual resource
  3. Offering activities and tools to understand the importance of water and the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo watershed to our region
  4. Creating 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
  5. Building the groundwork for a final performance through a series of workshops, educational activities and events over a 12-month period that encourage conversations about how water is used in our region, in the context of a changing climate, increasing population, and competition for water across borders and uses
  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

In the fall of 2021, we began this collective artistic research through 3 on-site public workshops that invited participants to open their ears, move their bodies and experience the park from different perspectives. We’ve created sound diaries, walked together, made dances and written poems. We’ve sketched native plans, made drawings illustrating our experiences and discovered that we can create new things with strangers!

For the Spring 2022 we will have monthly public workshops in addition to targeted workshops working with specific populations. Check back at the beginning of the year for dates or email us at wearewater@utep.edu to request a private workshop.