Artists sought for Minnesota Water Steward Program

Knitted bee and flowersAre you an artist with a strong connection to water?

Do you want to inspire others through your art to appreciate and protect the health of the waters we share? Consider joining the inaugural artist cohort of the Minnesota Water Stewards (MWS) program.

Freshwater is joining with Hennepin County to kick off this artist-focused initiative, based on the MWS program developed by Freshwater in 2013. This program aims to engage artists of all mediums around the pillars of the MWS program: water science, outreach to community members for behavior change, and making the land/water connection.

Artists accepted into the program will receive a stipend to cover initial training sessions and needed materials. They will attend two in-person classes for orientation, discussion, and guided practice sessions. They will also participate in an online course to gain deeper knowledge of water science.

After coursework is complete, artists will design and implement a public art project/performance that inspires behavior change related to water health.

People painting fish prints at a park
District Intern Helping at Popup Education Event


Applicants must be working artists at any level of experience, with an interest in water.

Ideal candidates will have experience with public art.

Artists must be residents of Hennepin County and art must be created/executed in Hennepin County. If you do not live in Hennepin County, watch for expansion of this opportunity in the future.

To maintain certification, artists are asked to continue their work for water by dedicating approximately 50 volunteer hours during the first year, and 25 hours each additional year.

Applicants must complete and submit an application that outlines their interest and experience in connecting people to water issues through art.

Important dates:

January 31, 2020: Applications due

February 25 and March 28, 2020: In-person classes

For more information, and to apply: