The Confluence

An annual gathering to celebrate & shape Milwaukee's water future.

2020 EVENT UPDATE  In light of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Confluence, scheduled for April 30th. Public health and safety is our top priority. This event relies heavily on people gathering in close proximity which puts not only those in attendance at risk, but everyone they interact with. In consideration of the health and well-being of our artists, staff, volunteers, and event participants, the choice to cancel is clear.

We hosted our 3rd Confluence celebration on May 16th at The Cooperage.  On top of great food and live music, we had some powerful conversations about how to build a truly sustainable environmental movement in Milwaukee and transform our current system into one that includes all of our voices.  The program included:

  • Live music provided by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble and the Pangea Duo

  • Call to the Water & Libations by Jahmes Finlayson

  • State of Water address by our Co-Executive Directors, Brenda Coley and Kirsten Shead

  • An interactive panel discussion with Indigenous Women and Women of Color discussing some of Milwaukee's most pressing water issues

  • Transforming a System: an interactive display created by our artist-in-residence, Melanie Ariens.

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Milwaukee Water Commons

1836 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53205


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