MI World Water Day 2019

MARCH 22, 2019
4:00pm - 9:00pm
A dynamic and fluid space for interacting and learning about today's water movement...

Meet us outside of the museum for an opening ceremony and press conference....then enjoy moving around through the Wright Museum where you can listen to our panels, experience cultural art, learning about organizations that are taking action, and participating in interactive workshops and activities.

At MI World Water Day we strive to walk the walk, by taking steps to be as environmentally conscious as we can.

One of the ways we can to do this is by asking everyone to bring their own reusable water bottle. We will have water fill stations to fill up as needed.

forget to B.Y.O.B.

Gather at the museum...

Gathering to Attend Ceremony


Opening Water Ceremony

led by Grandmother Beatrice

with Peggy Ncnew

3 Fires Midewewin Lodge

Grandmother and Grandmothers Helper


Faith-led Press Conference

led by Sister Barb Beesley - Rev. Roslyn Bouier

Imam Steve - Rabbi Alana Alpert

Bill Wylie-Kellermenn


Move Inside


3:30 pm

Farnsworth Entrance Side, Outside

4:00 pm

Farnsworth Entrance Side, Outside

*No filming or photographs

at this time*

4:00 pm

Farnsworth Entrance Side, Outside

*No filming or photographs

at this time*

4:30 pm

Farnsworth Entrance Side, Outside

5:00 pm

Feel free to move around and interact!

5:10 pm
5:45 pm
6:30 pm
6:55 pm
7:40 pm
7:50 pm


by Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke


Water Affordability Panel

with Nicole Hill - JoAnn Watson

Maureen Taylor - Russ Bellant

and Tom Stephens



with music by Flowtown Revue


Health and Contamination Panel

with ​Cathy Wursterbarth - ReJoyce Douglas

Alice Jennings - Diane Weckerle, RN MEd

and George Gaines, MSW MPH

Raffle Winner Announcement


Privatization and Corporate Takeover

with Claire McClinton - Gina Luster

Holly T. Bird - Peggy Case

and Nancy Gallardo



Community Rain Barrel Painting & Raffle!

Seven rain barrels are ready to be painted by all (15 and older) who want to make their mark! At 7:30 pm these rain barrels will be raffled for those who enter to win.

Provided by The Wright Museum and MI Science Center.

*They must be taken home at the event, pick up between 8:30 pm - 9: 00 pm.


Documentaries and Short Films

Water and equity films will be shown throughout the evening in the Orientation Theater.



Learn about what initiatives groups are working, and find out how you can participate.


Art in the Rotunda

Story Booth

Screen Printing


How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

by Sierra Club

In this 45-minute workshop, you will be provided the tools and steps for how to build your barrel. You will be able to take your rain barrel home at the discounted rate of $60 (typically $110/barrel) plus participate in the workshop, at no additional cost.

To reserve your spot in this workshop and take your rain barrel home with you on March 22, purchase your barrel through MIRainBarrel.org

5:00 pm
5:30 pm


by Resilient Institutions & Environmental Sustainability (RISE) Lab

In this 90-minute workshop, we will briefly talk about the #DetroitWaterStories open access oral history project and demonstrate the resources on our website, engage in Q&A, and do a storytelling session where participants can share their own experiences and suggest strategies for collective action.

No registration required

5:30 pm

Hazardous Waste Experiment

by Palmer Park DEN

In this 60-minute workshop, participants will create a model of the land and its water base, then replicate hazardous waste, such as PFAS, seepage and "safe storage". 

No registration required

#OurWaterOurVoice Water and Accountability

by Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Who is responsible for your water quality? In this 60-minute workshop, participants will identify everyday actions they can take throughout the year to hold accountable those responsible for a variety of water issues and threats.

No registration required

5:30 pm
6:30 pm

#FreetheWater - HipHop Against Neocolonialism in Waaywiyaataanong

by Southwest Grows

In this workshop, see hip hop in resistance, discuss the similar struggles in your own communities as well as strategies to take action. The imposition of Emergency Financial Managers that lead to the bankruptcies of both Flint, Detroit...the neoliberal policy cut off Detroit from water took land for the rich and poisoned Flint...these systems look a lot like the neocolonialism of Latin America and the colonization of these indigenous lands Waaywiyaataanong. The Raiz Up organized to oppose these policies and advocate for water affordability using graffiti, community organizing, and MC/music production as a hip hop collective and coalition member of the Detroit People’s Water Board.

In this workshop participants can learn about these fronts on the war on water and against the public good, while connecting with a deep history.

No registration required

Serial Dilution of Water Sources

by Palmer Park DEN

This workshop is tiered for relative age and knowledge levels.

Younger learners create a simulated landscape and add imitation pollutants. Through recreating heavy rain overtime participants will observe what happens  when the rain water intermingles with the pollutants.

Older learners will experiment with the dilution of simulated pollutants in ppb (parts per billion) and observe the safety ratings of various chemicals found in water. We will link these observations to the current PFAS crisis.

No registration required


7:00 pm
7:30 pm

Stewardship 101: Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Protect our Great Lakes

by Land + Water WORKS Coalition

This 30-minute workshop will educate attendees on the challenge that Detroit, like many other industrial midwest and northeastern cities, face in managing stormwater and the opportunity GSI brings as an alternative to costly grey infrastructure. GSI is a triple bottom line sustainable answer to equitable, responsible stormwater management that is beneficial to everyone.

No registration required


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