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Oct 7

The Ways of Water: Art, Activism, and Ecologies Symposium - Session 2: Intervention and Innovation in Water Infrastructure and Justice Movements

This is a virtual keynote. Watch online or join us at UMMA for a watch party with symposium panelists and participants.

This symposium brings together a diverse group of practitioners, including artists, designers, activists, scholars, scientists, policy analysts, urban planners, and thinkers to discuss what may well be the most important issue of our time: access to clean water and the fight for environmental justice. Held in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Stamps Gallery and building on themes present in the UMMA exhibition Watershed and Stamps Gallery’s LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family in Three ActsThe Ways of Water symposium continues to unravel the story of water, its critical role, and the way it connects us all. 

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Session 2 — Intervention and Innovation in Water Infrastructure and Justice Movements
Panelists: Alice JenningsLisa LapeyrouseSenghor Reid, and Joe Trumpey

This panel features more recent interventions and innovations that have been developed, proposed, and enacted in a shifting water landscape. It examines how artwork, design, community actions (including protest, advocacy, and the development of new organizations), and recent court cases and new laws actively shape our use of and access (or lack thereof) to water. 

Join us after the panel for a reception, performance with The Sister Tour, and an exhibition tour of Watershed featuring artists Kate LevyDoug FogelsonShanna MerolaBonnie DevineRozalinda Borcilă, and Senghor Reid.

See a detailed schedule and learn more about the symposium
Symposium events are free and open to all. Keynote, additional panelists and complete symposium schedule to be announced. Please contact Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan, Stamps Gallery at jenjkhan@​umich.​edu for additional information or with questions.


The Ways of Water: Art, Activism, and Ecologies symposium is co-presented by Stamps Gallery and UMMA in partnership with UMMNH and the University of Michigan Library. It is co-sponsored by U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and U-M Joseph A. Labadie Collection and supported by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the U-M Office of the Provost, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Susan and Richard Gutow, and the U-M Institute for the Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, Graham Sustainability Institute, and the Department of English Language and Literature. Special thanks to Margaret Noodin and Michael Zimmerman, Jr. for translating the gallery texts into Anishinaabemowin.