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WE ARE WATER

 

~WE ARE WATER~ is an interdisciplinary performing arts and community organizing project focused on finding innovative approaches to solving and making visible water scarcity problems in the Paso del Norte region. Through interdisciplinary workshops and community engagement events at key locations relevant to water usage, we will develop multiple bilingual performances and media projects involving artists, scientists, engineers and members of the community. The main goals of these activities are to sensitize and learn from participants about the sacredness of water and its vital role in the earth’s survival and to create new opportunities for finding ways to cooperate between urban, rural and agricultural water users on both sides of the border.

Our first major intervention will be an ambitious performance installation at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park that will premiere in the fall 2022. The idea is to activate 3-5 areas of the park with performance actions to invite the audience to experience at their leisure as they move through the park. We hope that this will help the public not only experience the park in a new, multi-sensorial way, but also foster a deep understanding of the importance water and the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo has in our region.

These actions will be created through a community-engaged artistic process designed in collaboration with community members during public workshops at the Bosque. Led by UTEP faculty from WE ARE WATER, these workshops 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.

In the fall of 2021, we will begin this collective artistic research through 3 on-site public workshops at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 10716 Socorro Rd on the following Saturdays: September 25th, October 16th and November 20th. These events are scheduled from 2-4 pm and are free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Notes to all participants:

  • There are no working restrooms at the park. Please plan accordingly.
  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by a caregiver
  • Workshops will involve movement, so dress comfortably!
  • Water and snacks will be provided
  • We will meet at the Pavilion at 2:00 pm and then move together to the site of the workshop. Someone will remain at the Pavilion to guide late comers until 2:30 pm. 

If you are a member of an organization or school and would like to participate in this process with a group of 8 or more, please contact us at wearewater@utep.edu to schedule a private workshop.