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Family Day: Interactive Art Project

Saturday, October 7, 2017
11:00am – 4:00pm

Storrs Campus
The William Benton Museum of Art

Become part of a meaningful interactive art project. For all ages. FREE.

Artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman will be creating an interactive public art project, The Wave, celebrating water and its vital function in our lives.

How Does “The Wave” Use Art to Emphasize Our Global Connections to One Another?

Because we, the inhabitants of the world, all share the oceans and fresh water sources that sustain life on earth and provide a source of recreation and livelihood, we are intimately connected to one another. We are all impacted physically, politically and economically by natural disasters and climate changes that alter access to water and endanger human health and well-being. Morning mist rising from a pond in New England can become a part of a tsunami wave in Asia or an ice crystal on an Antarctic iceberg. A hurricane devastating the coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico can result in a dramatic disruption to the food supply across the continent of North America. When we pollute ocean waters off the coast of Australia, acid rain falls on African plains.

As The Wave travels from site to site and new sections are added to those that came before, the notion of connectivity and joint responsibility becomes more and more apparent. New participants are inspired by seeing what was created before them as they add their own contributions to the ebbing and flowing wave.

Educational materials about water and global water issues as well as information on opportunities for involvement in existing local and national programs related to water will be available.

Since Sept. 11, the wave has been installed in 23 museums, galleries, schools, festivals and parks in several states. You can find more about the project here: http://www.make-a-wave.org

Contact:

karen.sommer@uconn.edu 486-5084

Benton Events (primary), Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, UConn Master Calendar

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