Art and water repository


United States


Artist program developers and creative engagement practitioners


The Source Water Protection Collaborative brings together diverse groups and perspectives to advance collective action for protecting drinking water.

Collaborative members are committed to a series of values and principles, including pursuing collaborative projects rooted in belonging, mutual exchange, and trust building and acknowledging that information alone does not create behavior change. 

One project that came out of these values and principles was to hire an artist-in-residence to engage members of a rural Minnesota community around protecting drinking water sources. Using artists and artists-in-residence to engage with civic processes is not new; this field started more than 45 years ago. While using artists and artists-in-residence to work at the intersection of citizen engagement and water is not as well established in Minnesota, there are still many local and national resources that can help get started in this work. Environmental Initiative’s artist-in-residence program, which started in 2023, is just one of these resources.

Below, there are other examples of this work, materials that may be helpful for developing a new program, and websites of artists who helped develop our work.  

Creative engagement examples

Creating With and For Water

A Q&A with Su Legatt, Source Water Protection Collaborative’s artist-in-residence.

Field Guide to Working with Artists

Approaches to artist programming by the Capitol Region Watershed District.

The Water Bar

An organization that serves water through artist-led projects, programs, and partnerships.

We Are Water

A coordinated effort to make water choices more collaborative through connections to the humanities.

Program development materials

Cross-Sector Artists in Residence (CAIR) Lab

A curated list of articles, strategies, and perspectives for artist-in-residency frameworks.

Wage for Work

A means of calculating appropriate artist pay.

Education for Socially Engaged Art

A book of methods and materials for creating socially engaged projects.

Source Water Protection Collaborative's Request for Proposal

Our call for a creative engagement specialist/artist-in-residence in Nov. 2022.

Civic arts, artists-in-residency, and community engagement panel

Featured artists

Ashley Hanson

Mary Welcome

Amanda Lovelee

Mallory Rukhsana Nezam

Johanna Taylor

Contact us

Have any questions about the resources on this page? Contact us to get connected with members of the Source Water Protection Collaborative.

Funding for the Source Water Protection Collaborative is provided by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.