Students in Society and Sustainability (ENVR 212) in Fall 2019 collaborated with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and the Natural Heritage Project (NHP) to explore people's experiences of the Mississippi River. This research will inform the MWMO's public outreach efforts and also form the basis for an interactive exhibit at the MWMO's Stormwater Learning Center, opening in April 2021. Students also collaborated with SCP Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Nelson, to translate their research findings into artwork.
This drawing communicates students' analysis of an on-line survey that asked respondents to describe their experiences of the Mississippi River. The layered perspectives of this drawing convey respondents' multiple perspectives and experiences of the Mississippi River. The three primary perspectives were a distant perspective as an onlooker from afar, a closer connection walking or biking along the river trails, or a tangible and immediate experience exploring the shores or waters of the river. The more closely respondents experienced the river, the more salient the tension of pollution, trash, and beauty was in their experience. The accentuated bluffs represent descriptions of the geology of the area and awe of the Mississippi River. Respondents also shared stories of the Dakota people and their sacred connection to the river. (Drawing by Sarah Nelson in collaboration with ENVR 212 students.)
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