2020 EVENT UPDATE In light of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel We Are Water, scheduled for June 28th. 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 will gather and create art and share water stories on the beach again!
But until it is safe to do so, we will find other ways to connect around our common waters.
A community-wide lakefront celebration!
We Are Water brings together 300+ Milwaukeeans from every part of the city to celebrate our common waters on the shores of Lake Michigan. Being the vibrant and diverse city we are, this multi-cultural event uses the arts to create meaningful connections to each other and the water.
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 Junior 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 years 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 happens spontaneously.
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 280 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.