Monday, March 11, 2013


Celebrate World Water Day at WaterJam

On Friday, March 22nd Art for Water is hosting WaterJam, an evening of music, stories and poetry. Local, regional and international performers will inspire and entertain as we celebrate the significance of water from a creative point of view. 

Bob, Libby and Jay of Atom Planet
Art for Water raises awareness of the shrinking availability of clean water creatively through monumental, public-participation art installations made by people of all ages - but this year for World Water Day we're doing something a little different. World Water Day, a United Nations program, is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater while advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Currently there are more than one billion people living without access to clean water and five million of them die every year from preventable water-related diseases. By 2025 it is predicted that the demand for clean water will exceed supply by 56%. These numbers are staggering and present a looming crisis that goes largely unnoticed; this can happen especially in places privileged to have plenty of safe water, like Keene – but Keene is also privileged to have plenty of interested and thoughtful citizens who care about our local and global neighbors. 

Come share with your community and help us celebrate the magic, mystery, and metaphor of water at Colonial Corner right next to the theater on Main Street in Keene from 7:00 to 9:00pm on March 22nd. Listen to writer and Master Storyteller, Paul Hertneky of Hancock, NH, and magical Native American storyteller and Antioch grad student, Jesse Varga. Verandah Porche of Vermont will read original poems and perform with musician, Patty Carpenter, of Brooklyn, NY. Atom Planet of Vermont will dazzle us with their blend of eclectic acoustic world soul pop–with kazoo! Antioch PhD candidate, Apollinaire William from Rwanda will sing a capella. Lauryn Morley, native of South Africa, and Moriah Peterson, both Antioch New England grad students, will perform folk music. Jason Lambert, playwright and actor from Peterborough, will be our Master of Ceremony.

Public-participation is what Art for Water does, so you will have an opportunity to engage in BabbleOn, an interactive harmonic experiment. What’s that, you ask? Don't worry, it'll be fun.

Admission to WaterJam is free, but donations to Pure Water for the World, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Monadnock Conservancy, or Friends of the Ashuelot River will be welcome. A heartfelt thanks to Bagel Works for providing refreshments.