A rich, inter-arts cultural celebration that brings people together
from all parts of the city to honor our shared waters

We Are Water brings together 300+ Milwaukeeans from every part of the city to celebrate our common waters on the shores of Lake Michigan.  We have missed this uniting celebration for the past two years and are excited to bring it back in 2022!  Now more than ever, need this kind of connection to one another and the water to reflect and heal as one united community.

We hope to see you at our next beachfront celebration!​
AUGUST 14th 2022
South Shore Park Beach

We Are Water 2019
Every Culture Has Water Stories
South Shore Beach

The orchestral sounds of Latino Strings Mariachi Infantil and acoustic folk stylings of David HB Drake kicked off the evening, followed by 5 unique water stories. 
Kavon Cortez Jones read aloud his uniquely crafted Milwaukee-focused poetry. Drumming by Cecilio Negron Jr. closed out the evening while together, we created an illuminated image of the Great Lakes in the sand.

Past Celebrations...

Themes have included:

We are Water Healers

The Great Lakes are Our Home

Native Names for Our Waters

Somos Agua: We Are Water 

We have featured a Native American water ceremony, music and singing, interpretive dance, drumming, poetry, improvisation and original spoken word performance.  Collaborative performers bring their own work and ideas to the event and audience participation is included.

​The evening capstone to this experience is the community creation of a large interactive art installation, an illuminated image of the Great Lakes or written word in the sand. All attendees take part in creating this, placing over 300 cups of water with submersible lights in a drawing in the sand. 


We Are Water continues to be a very moving and singular experience.   Participants have told us they were fully engaged and touched by participating in this beautiful, collaborative creation and felt a deep sense of connection to both the community and our shared waters. 

Please join us!  You are welcome!