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Arts Residencies:

Connecting People &

Communities Back to Our Waters

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Be part of our inaugural year of artist residencies: Learning, Collaborating and Co-creating.

Grow your creative practice by engaging and collaborating with water leaders from across the city, alongside other Milwaukee artists.

Because we believe in art's ability to connect and engage, we have created an opportunity to foster artistic practices on behalf of our waters. We aim to build a

city-wide group of creative practitioners who are informed water leaders, and addressing water issues through their work.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadline: April 28, 2023

Artists notified: by May 19, 2023

This residency will begin with participation in Milwaukee Water Commons' Water School, a water stewardship and leadership development cohort comprised of teams from neighborhood-based organizations throughout Milwaukee. Each session combines indoor group learning and activities with outdoor water experiences.

Click here for more information.

Selected artists will:


  • Begin by joining neighborhood activists in a water stewarding and leadership development training series, we call it our Water School.


  • Collaborate with participating artists on advancing water equity through their work.


  • Develop a proposal to create 1 water focused, public facing, art piece (permanently displayed when applicable) and 1 supporting community engagement action.


  • Be awarded $5000 to create the proposed work.

Important Dates:


Required Participation in Water School:

A water stewardship and leadership development program. 4 day-long, in-person trainings.


  • Saturday June 17, 2023

  • Saturday July 15, 2023

  • Saturday August 19, 2023

  • Saturday September 16, 2023

Fall 2023 – Winter 2024:

  • Artist peer exchanges on local water issues and project development (dates and times to be determined).

Winter 2024:

  • Project Proposal Process and funds awarded.

Spring – Summer 2024:

  • Art creation, community engagement actions, residency program wrap-ups

For more information about this Residency,
contact Water City Program Manager Rhonda Nordstrom. or (414)763-6199

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