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Public Water: Be involved in a public art project about the NYC water system

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 by Tim Koch

AWSMP is part­ner­ing with the Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies and NYC-based More Art to develop the mes­sag­ing for Pub­lic Water: a pub­lic art project aimed at bring­ing atten­tion to the efforts of upstate cit­i­zens and com­mu­ni­ties in sup­ply­ing clean and reli­able water to New York City. AWSMP will host two work­shops on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 2nd to share sto­ries about the expe­ri­ences of upstate com­mu­ni­ties involved in NYC water sup­ply oper­a­tions, dis­cuss the com­plex ways that water con­nects upstate and down­state com­mu­ni­ties, and develop a per­for­mance script that will spread this mes­sage through an inter­ac­tive pub­lic art exhibit in 2020.


New York City based visual artist Mary Mat­tingly will build a geo­desic sculp­ture that rep­re­sents the struc­tural ecosys­tem of the Catskill water sup­ply sys­tem and engage the pub­lic through an inter­ac­tive per­for­mance art dia­logue devel­oped with the input of upstate stake­hold­ers at work­shops hosted by AWSMP and the Cary Insti­tute. The sculp­ture and per­for­mance will debut in a highly traf­ficked pub­lic space in NYC in spring 2020.

The work­shops will be held Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 2nd from 10 am — 5 pm. The first work­shop (10–1) will focus on gath­er­ing sto­ries and per­spec­tives about how water sup­ply oper­a­tions impact upstate res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties. The sec­ond work­shop (2–5) will focus on devel­op­ing a per­for­mance script to share these sto­ries with down­state res­i­dents who inter­act with the sculp­ture and per­for­mance. Com­pli­men­tary light lunch and refresh­ments will be served.

The work­shops are free and open to the pub­lic. Please reg­is­ter here.

For more infor­ma­tion please con­tact AWSMP’s Tim Koch ( or More Art’s Elana Lado (