Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Project

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MWMO Funded Project and 10 ACW members Execute a Two Hour Trash Pick Up on the Mississippi and Create an Educational Interactive Artwork    

 Mississippi River Pearl .









































The MWMO  Stewardship Fund Program grant supported 10 people selected from the larger MWMO neighborhood population, to meet, collect trash along the Mississippi and participate in an immersive curriculum unit which was collaboratively developed by project manager, Barbara Bridges, and the participants themselves.

Barbara’s artform focuses on re-cycle, re-purpose and create.   All participants collaboratively designed and created this elegant artwork using the debris and other natural objects.

Mississippi River Pearl Details

Backstory and Map

April 5 MWMO  Workshop –  Free

T-Shirts  $30.00.  Free to workshop participants

Read More about this educational social justice project which built community across the Mississippi Watershed District

Artwork Statement

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

See the TikTok Video created by Amáda Márquez Simula

Homewood Studios Opening Night

Photo Record

Survey November 2022 Outcomes

Read about the Participants

Join the Climate Affinity Group inspired by this project

Listen to our polymer scientist, Neil Granlund, talk about what we found in our  beloved Mississippi River.

All participants will be encouraged to design, lead and implement their own environmental project going forward.

Congrats to the following leaders of the MWMO project:  Barbara Bridges Project Manager. Frances Bates, Amáda Márquez Simula, Greg Volker, Margo Ashmore, Annie Merrell, Neil Granlund, Katherine Boyce, Alexis Schramel, Kelly Frankenberg.

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.

Many Thanks to John Olson and River Keepers for a boat ride on Trash Pick Up day.













MWMO District. 

 Video Tour of Bridges’ Re-Cycle/Upcycle/Re-Create  Home and Studio   

Applications Closed  Post info@arttochangetheworld.org for more information.






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