ArtsRevive is currently featuring the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact as well as an exhibit by Paper Workers Local. Water covers over 71% of the Earth’s surface. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. ArtsRevive, in cooperation with The Alabama Humanities Foundation, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. Water/Ways will be on view March 9 through April 5, 2018.
Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. Martha Lockett, former ArtsRevive Executive Director said, “Water is an important part of everyone’s life and we are excited to explore what it means culturally, socially and spiritually in our own community.”
Another aspect of Water/Ways is the chance to work with MuseWeb. This is a community storytelling project that will record stories from throughout the Black Belt and eventually be housed in Story Core at the Smithsonian. Through technology we can now give local voices a new platform. Museweb allows stories to be pinned to geolocated areas that are triggered by smart phone apps. Think of the impact our local stories in local voices can have on visitors for Selma.
The Cahaba River Watershed Project is an artistic collaboration by new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, printmaker Scott Stephens, and sculptor Lee Somers. It is an exploration of our mutual interest in the natural environment and the nature of collaboration using new technology for artistic production. ArtsRevive will be hosting the Paper Workers Local exhibition of works in progress from the artists’ collaborative project that explores the natural environment and how it shapes and is shaped by human activity. Their investigation centers around the Cahaba River’s ecological and geological features as well as the economic and social history of the area. The exhibition will feature the work using drawing, photography, 3D scanning from natural objects, and 3D modeling from original maps that are laser engraved into acrylic plates and printed using traditional intaglio and relief techniques.