Celebrating the Water Knowledge Network

People circled in community garden

The Water Knowledge Network included a series of community workshops like this one held at Hosmer Community Garden in Minneapolis with Plant-Grow-Share. (Photo by Courtney Cochran for FMR)

FMR debuted our Water Knowledge Network last summer — a workshop series that combined youth programming, community gardens, artwork, rain barrels and more — thanks to a Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) grant. 

Our goal was to share community knowledge about water and love for water, while building skills for youth and adults to care for our watershed.

Together with our resident artist Courtney Cochran and youth participants, we created a video to celebrate what we learned from community members. Watch the video to hear reflections on how we're connected to water. 

Youth programming and We Are Water multigenerational workshops

Our Water Knowledge Network included youth programming as well as multigenerational workshops.

At 21st Century Academy — a summer youth program in North Minneapolis — we worked with elementary school groups for 10 sessions, covering topics like the water cycle and food and water systems. We even took a field trip to learn about zebra mussels. Younger youth created posters to educate their community about ways to protect the river. They engaged in interactive play about wildlife that depend on a clean river. Older youth designed an original screenprint with our resident artist Courtney Cochran and assistant Josie Hoffman.

The summer culminated in two “We Are Water” workshops with Plant-Grow-Share, a community garden program through the Central Neighborhood in Minneapolis. In June, we met at a community garden with neighbors to discuss how we can care for our water together, then stenciled storm drains in the surrounding streets. In August, neighbors assembled rain barrels to take home and screenprinted bags and posters using the design created by 21st Century youth. Thanks to funding from MWMO and barrels donated by Coca-Cola, we connected 25 Minneapolis residents with free rain barrels. 

Check out our project wrapup booklet

Click on the booklet below for a summary of this program and what we accomplished together in 2022.

Thanks to all who participated! In the 2023 event season, we'll focus on expanding our Water Knowledge Network through youth programs and schools with funding from Capitol Region Watershed District in St. Paul.

Thanks to our 2022 partners and funders

Thanks to partners Plant Grow Share, 21st Century Academy, community artist Courtney Cochran and her apprentice Josephine Hoffman, and co-funders Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Coca-Cola and the Minnesota Humanities Center for making this work possible.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
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