World Water Day Celebration With Poetry, Music, Art & Science
UN’S WORLD WATER DAY TO BE CELEBRATED WITH POETRY, MUSIC, ART & SCIENCE The United Nations has declared March 22 World Water Day (WWD), and is marking events worldwide that recognize fresh water as a basic human right. A local WWD event will feature Northwestern professor and author Rachel Jamison Webster, who will release her new book, The Sea Came Up & Drowned. The book includes poems and collages that meditate on the relationship between mining, fresh water and climate upheaval. Stephanie Smith, of the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, will share news of local and global movements to heal and protect our waters. Renowned duo Maeve & Quinn will play original music inspired by their native Alaska and ancestral Ireland. The interactive gathering will take place in the lush greenery of Cultivate: An Urban Rainforest, at 704 Main Street, Evanston, IL 60201. Rachel Jamison Webster is an award-winning poet, author of four books and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University. The Sea Came Up and Drowned is an experiment in poetry and visual art that “mines” a text on geography to examine our exploitative, use-based relationship to the earth. Webster wrote the book over several years, one of which she spent traveling to Standing Rock and participating in the Wni Micona, Water is Life, movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from contaminating the Missouri River and the drinking water of 10,0000 Midwesterners downstream. Webster will read poems from the book and share excerpts of interviews with indigenous elders known as the Water Protectors. Stephanie Smith leads Zephyr Mangata Consulting, which connects global entities and builds partnerships to accelerate positive change for water, climate and people. Stephanie serves as Strategic Advisor for the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE), which works across 7 lakes and 10 countries. She was Vice President of Operations at Alliance for the Great Lakes, where she worked for 17 years, and established the Adopt-a-Beach program. She currently serves on the board of directors for Freshwater Future. Described as “Anything but ordinary,” by the Chicago Tribune, Maeve & Quinn is the duo of Alaskan twin sisters Maris and Bryce O’Tierney. Classically trained musicians, maeve & quinn write music that combines alt pop, rock and folk and draws from multiple points of origin: where the sisters grew up (Alaska), their country of heritage (Ireland) and present home (Chicago). They released the album something overheard, something overhead in 2018, and will be sharing new singles from their upcoming album. They also compose for symphony orchestra commissions, including the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Located in Evanston’s Main-Dempster Mile shopping district, Cultivate is a woman-owned, independent plant shop and art gallery. The shop offers workshops in plant care and terrarium making, and provides a unique atmosphere that brings art, music, and plant life together for an unforgettable event experience.
Event info
Start date: March 22, 2020
End date: March 22, 2020
Organization: Zephyr Mangata Consulting & Cultivate: An Urban Rainforest

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