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Water Connects Us.

In these short videos, we hear from community members, partners, leaders, organizers, artists, farmers, and elected officials as they share their unique perspectives on water in this moment.

Through these videos, we hope to amplify our shared connections to water and each other, as well as lift up a diverse array of voices.


In our first video above, hear from Mark Denning (Sturgeon Clan) and our Artist-in-Residence, Melanie Ariens. Both Mark and Melanie have been involved with the work of Milwaukee Water Commons from the very beginning and continue to be great allies.

In our second episode to the right, Lajwanti Waghray shares her water connection. A film maker with Red Crane Films, Laj is originally from Hyderabad, India and has served on our Arts & Culture Initiative.

You can view more episodes on our on our YouTube channel.

In the Spring of 2020, when we all made a pandemic pivot to virtual work, we introduced a new video series that supports our Arts & Culture Initiative. 

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Episode 3

Poet & Community Builder

Carmen Murguia

Episode 4

Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes

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Episode 5

TRUE Skool

Shalina Ali

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Episode 6

Urban Ecology Center

Ken Leinbach

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Episode 7

Artist & Educator

Peck School of the Arts

Episode 8

Milwaukee Water Commons

Brenda Coley

Episode 9

Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Cheryl Nenn

Episode 10

Retired MMSD Educator

Cora Lee Palmer

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Our waters can divide us. 

They can also set us free.

The story of our rivers and lake is a complicated one, and it continues to be written. We're committed to building a more equitable Milwaukee water future and making sure that story falls firmly on the side of justice. To learn more, check out this great video about our partner organization, Alice's Garden, made by longtime friend of MWC, local filmmaker Jenny Plevin.

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