Prairie Rivers Network and theatre artist Latrelle Bright have teamed up for a “Journey to Water”, an effort to connect and discuss the relationship of African-Americans to water and local water sources. An intergenerational group of 20 African Americans will caravan to the Middle Fork Vermillion River for a day excursion on Saturday, September 22nd. The event is free and will be filled with storytelling, story-sharing, photography, canoeing, art and education about water, our precious resource. This effort is made possible by the Catalyst Initiative grant from the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and partnerships with CU Change Makers and the Champaign County Forest Preserve.
*Water levels can be unpredictable. In the event of low water, our destination will shift to Homer Lake.
The Center for Performance and Civic Practice awarded a Catalyst Initiative grant to me (artist) and Prairie Rivers Network (civic partner) to develop a small-scale local arts-based project focused on Watershed Literacy. We participated in a convening in Phoenix, AZ back in December and had a lovely site visit with CPCP rep, Rebecca Martinez back in May. The Journey to Water is our culminating small-scale event.