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March 22, World Water Day 2012 – Events at Emily Carr University

Art, dance & poetry at Emily Carr University acknowledge World Water Day.

March 22, 7pm
Free and open to the public

Readings by Lee Maracle and Michael Blackstock
Screening of Samaqan: Water Stories, with Director Jeff Bear
SB 301 (Theatre)
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Granville Island, Vancouver
Coast Salish Territories

: A Poetics of Water, a research-creation project
March 6-14
Opening March 7, 7pm

Cultural perspectives shape how people view and interact with water, be it as a commons, a commodity, a resource, a reminder of how all life on the planet is interrelated, the embodiment of spirit– as Dorothy Christian phrases it, and more. What roles do culture and poetics play in supporting a healthy, water-based ecology? The project involves respectfully listening to local, global, and indigenous perspectives on water, and considering what is both spatially and temporally downstream.

Building toward a workshop at Emily Carr in 2012 around World Water Day, the project will make space for environmentalists, community leaders, elders and academics to dialogue with writers and artists.

Public events include the following:

Downstream Art Exhibition: Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University March 6-14
Bodies of Water Dance Performance, March 21, Roundhouse Community Centre – with Seonagh Odhiambo, Asava Dance and Angel Luis Figueroa
World Water Night, March 22, Emily Carr University of Art and Design – readings by Lee Maracle and Michael Blackstock, and screening of Samaqan: Water Stories with Director Jeff Bear