Honoring the Water Congregation of the Great Spirit Water Ceremony - Milwaukee Water Commons
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We believe everyone, everywhere, has a role to play in water’s protection and care. This belief is part of everything we do, and it’s why we started our Water School program in 2014.
"Milwaukee’s identity is wrapped up in water. When you explore history you look at how identity emerges and evolves. Milwaukee’s here because of its harbor and it grew because of its rivers. It’s really simple. Very elemental.
Water as a resource is very important here in Milwaukee. For years, that’s a message that Milwaukee Water Common‘s, and many others, have been trying to spread.
Kimberly C. Gaines is a photographer, media educator, and the chief curator of her own firm, sondai expressions creative, in Washington, DC.
Milwaukee Water Commons’ overarching goal is to activate and connect broad and sustained community leadership on behalf of our waters.
By Susan Bence Milwaukee Water Commons started up a year and a half ago. And, Melanie Ariens has played a pivotal role in the group's efforts to cultivate people’s desire to connect to and care for water.
We asked Melanie a few questions about her relationship with Great Lakes Commons and our mission to establish the Great Lakes as a living commons. Here is what she told us: Why is water important in your work?
While we haven't been sending out many updates, there's been lots going on with the Commons Map and the Great Lakes Commons initiative. We also want to thank and welcome all our new members. Before the year is over, here's a brief update on some key news: New Map Gallery & Layers Power of the Crowd We Want Your Stories and more!
We need to define the future we want for these Lakes and stand up for it. The Great Lakes Commons Charter is central to that effort — and so are you. Out of our love for the Great Lakes and our responsibilities to future generations, we are calling for a renewed relationship and mode of governance for the Great Lakes Commons. We are asking you to join us.
Below is a write-up about our We Are Water event that took place on August 3, 2014. Most Milwaukeeans value living in close proximity to a large body of water, but what are we willing to do to celebrate it? Improve it? Protect it?
By Eddee Daniel Months in the making, We Are Water: Beachfront Celebration of Milwaukee’s Water had its debut last night on Bradford Beach. The celebration took many forms, including recitations of poetry and spoken word, a dance performance, and a solemn spiritual ceremony led by members of a local Indian community.
By Susan Bence The idea is to get the entire community involved in Milwaukee’s freshwater future. Alexa Bradley started the conversation almost three years ago.
In late May, a team of Great Lakes commoners presented at the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference in Hamilton, Ontario.
TIme for a new story on how we honour the Great Lakes. A water-commons ethic and practice sees these waters as sacred, bioregional, a gift from the past, and a duty to protect into the future. Join this Great Lakes Commons.