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Opening Night – MWMO Sculpture @ Homewood Studios

November 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

One River’s Trash is the Same River’s Treasure -Unveiling

Title: Mississippi River Pearl   2022
Dimensions :  4’ W X 5’ W x 6’ T

Media: Mixed Media- Mississippi River Trash and objects with a previous history
An Art to Change the World Collaboration: Project Manager Barbara Bridges and group members Frances Bates, Amáda Márquez Simula, Greg Volker, Margo Ashmore, Annie Merrell, Neil Granlund, Katherine Boyce, Alexis Schramel, and Kelly Frankenberg.

Join us at Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411 on November 11 from 5:00-8:00   https://homewoodstudios.com
The creation of Pearl was funded by a Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Stewardship Fund Program grant and the project led ten people to meet, collect trash along the Mississippi and participate in an immersive curriculum unit which was collaboratively developed by Barbara and the participants themselves – including a scientist, journalist, mayor, teachers, and artists!

All participants created this elegant artwork using the found river debris and other hand-constructed and found objects. With one of the goals being to educate people about the plastics we find on our waterways, they repurposed objects with a history to create a new narrative. Paper was made by Alexis from the debris collected. The quilted seat was commissioned from ACW quiltmaker, Lucy Schroepfer out of fabric found along the river. John Olson, from River Keepers, helped us forage on the west side of the river in his electric pontoon. The project participants met eight times in September and October.

Open all 21 drawers! Take a memento and research card or two. Sit on the throne, meditate and snap a photo. Post on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok using #ArtToChangeTheWorld and #MississippiRiverPearl. Send us that photo! Leave us your impressions in the survey drawer for a chance to win an ACW t-shirt.
Read about the project:  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mississippi-watershed-management-organization-project

Mill City Times features  MWMO water project and ACW Director, Barbara Bridges.


See the TikTok Video created by Amáda Márquez Simula

Read More about the project: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mississippi-management-and-watershed-project


November 11, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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