The Park River watershed is full of ever changing stream of environmental adventures, scientific research, art, myths, events and learning activities. Whether a Park or a Hog River, management of natural resources is increasingly dependent upon the civic culture that approves planning policies, which conserve, revitalize or negatively neglect the value of local natural resources. Here is an incomplete list of other local projects –
Park River Toolkit – Nomad/9 collective studio is committed to experiential understanding and knowledge building. Creating and distributing knowledge through exchanges based on listening, reciprocity, creative response, and our bodies become a source of knowledge. These actions function outside of our individual bodies, and on a collaborative, multigenerational scale.
Connecting Currents: A Celebration of Our Rivers
at Hartford Art School, on Saturday, June 23, 2018
A University of Hartford, Masters of Fine Arts Nomad 9 Program:
10 am: Welcome, in the Hartford Art School
10:30 am: Diverse Perspectives of a Shared Vision
Keynote Speaker Mary Rickel Pelletier of Park Watershed
11:30 am : Incredible Journey, Invertebrates, Amazing Water
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
2 pm – 4 pm: Foraging Wild Plants Along the North Park River
A Workshop with Benjamin Hao
The MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view from June 15 through June 23 in the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School. The community is invited to enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at a celebratory Artist Reception from 4:30 to 6pm on June 23 in the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School.
During the Real Art Ways Creative Cocktail Hour from 6 to 9pm on June 21, the exhibit PRTK: Park River Tool Kit will showcase the students’ public art project, created with faculty artist Mary Mattingly.
Save Our Water CT – A citizen action group that formed in opposition to development of a private bottled water facility, by the Niagara Water Bottling Company of California, in Bloomfield. Niagara is seeking discounts on large volume usage of our public water supply. Save Our Water is actively raising awareness about the privatization of public water supplies by hosting educational programs and protests.
From Source to Sea – A 1956 Connecticut River journey from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound increased public awareness of its degraded conditions. Dr. Joseph Davidson and his wife donned gas masks at various locations, met Governors and local officials along the way, and compared a bottle of water from the source to water along the way. This archival footage from Connecticut River Watershed Council (now Connecticut River Conservancy) helped raise public awareness, and improve water quality.
Connecticut Explored – formerly the Hog River Journal, good history stories
Hartford River Dreams
“NO ONE WANTS TO BE THE RIVER” – a short microfilm (less than a minute)
will be shown along with two other short films on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Carriage House Theatre, 360 Farmington Ave. in Hartford. A summary of the project, by Susan Dunne, Oct 23, 2013: The Hartford Courant
Sonia Plumb Dance Company
“Water Wars” – for a beautifully aware performance
Sonia Plumb Dance Company performed “Water Wars” Sep 21-22, 2012 at The Carol Autorino Center at University of St. Joseph – A panel discussion regarding state and local water quality issues followed the dance performance on Saturday evening.
“Songs Along the Way: Music, Songs and Images from Migratory Bird Species of the Park River Watershed” – A Micro-Exhibit
Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT
Songs Along the Way is the second installation in the “micro-gallery” at the CHS, created by students in the New Media Collaborative at the University of Hartford, under the direction of Ken Steen, Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hartt School of Music. This “crowd-sourced” sound and image installation features music and sound composed from birdsongs and other sounds and noises collected from the Park River Watershed along with video, photographic images, migration maps, and text. The opening reception will feature live “bird music” in a variety of genres performed at 5:30 by students from the Hartt School of Music. Works by Robert Carl, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and Joe Zawinul are planned.
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