Water/Ways - Lanesboro Arts

Through a diverse spectrum of community arts programming, Lanesboro Arts supports both emerging and established artists, revitalizes public spaces, and builds a sense of community and civic pride among the 754 people who call Lanesboro home. Programming includes free youth education classes, fine arts galleries, internship programs, performance art, opportunities to participate in public art, and placemaking activities. Lanesboro Arts has brought innovative arts experiences to audiences for over 30 years, becoming a national model for empowering communities through the arts.



Water/Ways - January 7 - February 19, 2017

 

Our Local Water Story

Water/Ways aligns perfectly with the Lanesboro community’s values for preservation and celebration of our natural landscape, and the collaborative nature of the project is a good fit for what diverse sectors of the community are already doing to provide unique cultural experiences in a small town. Lanesboro is also a destination for outdoor recreation and has one of the most unique historic dams in the nation.

Lanesboro Arts, Commonweal Theatre Company, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro Museum, and Friends of the Root River are partnering to develop and present dynamic local programs and engagement initiatives that will bring together the storyline of the Root River Watershed. These activities will run concurrently with the exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute and the Minnesota Humanities Center.

A community clean-up campaign (trash, storm drains, the Root River) will launch this project on May 7, 2016, and Water/Ways will culminate with exhibits and activities Jan. 7 – Feb. 19, 2017.

Events & Activities

2017

January 7, 3 p.m. — Water Blessing Ceremony, with interfaith leaders and poetry readings hosted by Lanesboro Arts and Lanesboro Museum, Lanesboro Dam

January 7, 4 p.m. — Opening Reception - Currents of Change, Lanesboro Arts and the Lanesboro Museum at the Lanesboro Arts Exhibition Gallery (Exhibit will run througout the Water/Ways exhibition)

January 7, 7:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting, Ripples of Reflection, Commonweal Theatre

January 8, 1:30 p.m. — Ripples of Reflection, Commonweal Theatre

January 8, 2 p.m. — Science Sunday, River Soujourn Film Screening with Sara and Ken Lubinksi, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

January 13, 7:30 p.m. — “Our Mighty Mississippi” with Steven Marking, baritone, St. Mane Theatre

January 14, 5 p.m. — Dinner on the Bluff, Protecting our Waters with Dr. Joshua Lallaman, PhD, Assistant Professor at SMUMN, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

January 14, 12 p.m. — Bass Fish Snow Sculpture, Sylvan Park

January 15, 2 p.m. — Science Sunday, Wild Caving with Bill Brueck, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

January 21, 5 p.m. — Fish Fry, Lanesboro American Legion

January 21, 5-9 p.m. — Candlelight Snowshoe, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

January 22 — Science Sunday, Contaminants: What the Data Shows with Terry Lee from the Olmsted County Water Quality Lab, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

January 27-28 — Lanesboro Ice Bar, High Court Pub

January 27, 6:30 p.m. — Grand Premiere Film Screenings: Youth Access Techonology Project, Lanesboro Arts

January 28, 1 p.m. — Grand Premiere Film Screenings: Youth Access Techonology Project, Lanesboro Arts

January 28, 4 p.m. — Pedal Kayaking the Mississippi River, talk and presentation with Pete Keith, Lanesboro Arts, St. Mane Theatre

January 29, 2 p.m.  — Science Sunday, Swimmable, Fishable, Fixable? with Cathy Rofshus from the MN Pollution Control Agency, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

February 4, — Family Dog Sled Day, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

February 4, 5 p.m. — Dinner on the Bluff, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

February 5 — Science Sunday, Improving Water Quality with Land Conservation with Kevin Kuehner, Field to Stream Partnership, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

February 11, 11 a.m. — Karst and Springs Presentation with Jeff Green, DNR Groundwater Hydrologist, High Court Pub

February 11, 4 p.m. — Water and Stewardship Film Screening, Chasing Niagara, Lanesboro Arts and the Frozen River Film Festival at the St. Mane Theatre

February 11, 7:30 p.m. — Water and Stewardship Film Screening, Adventure Film Set, Lanesboro Arts and the Frozen River Film Festival at the St. Mane Theatre

February 12, 2 p.m. — Science Sunday, Ironwood Landfill with Gary Peterson, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

February 16-18, 7:30 p.m. — H2O Ten, eight short plays about water, Commonweal Theatre Company

February 18, 5-9 p.m. — Candlelight Snowshoe , Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

February 19, 2 p.m. — Science Sunday, Mysteries of the Driftless Film with Co-Producer George Howe, Friends of the Root River at the St. Mane Theater

 

Ongoing Events and Activities

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center will coordinate the use of Smithsonian curriculum and exhibits in the Lanesboro schools, with the opportunity for all K-6 students participating (180 students).

“Water Brings People Together Over Time” historical display and exhibit at Lanesboro Museum
Featuring water-related artifacts, photographs, poetry, and collected stories
public viewing hours for display: Fridays through Sundays Noon – 4pm (free admission)

“Currents of Change” companion art exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Gallery
Featuring historical water photos of Lanesboro with artworks interpreting those photos by 15 regional artists. The historical photos featured in 'Currents of Change' were selected and provided by the staff and board of the Lanesboro Museum. The selected photos showcases Lanesboro's deep relationship with water over time and includes winter scenes, floods, fishing, the river, dam, ponds, blizzards, and more.
Gallery hours:  Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am-4pm  (free admission)

Water in Ritual: Baptismal Gown Display at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Christians believe that, through water and the Holy Spirit, God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ.  The Christian church treasures water for a unique and sacred purpose – for the sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church is proud to partner with the Lanesboro Museum to host a display of baptismal gowns and accessories from antique to present day.  The display is located in the narthex (west end) of the church building.
Public viewing hours for display: Fridays through Sundays Noon – 4pm (free admission)

 

Contact

Lanesboro Arts
Area Coordinator and Site for Currents of Change Exhbit
206 Parkway Avenue North
Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949
507-467-2446
adam@lanesboroarts.org

lanesboroarts.org


Commonweal Theatre Company
Area Partner and Site for Water/Ways and We Are Water MN Exhibits
208 Parkway Avenue North
Lanesboro, MN 55949
507-467-2525
info@commonwealtheatre.org

commonwealtheatre.org
 

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