Wednesday, July 31st
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 31st, artist Hillary Kempenich will host an open community creative writing event. From 5 – 8 p.m., community members will have opportunity to share their creative thoughts about water and contribute to the ᐊᑲᐙᑌᐲᑭᔑᓐ Agawaatebiigishin installation in the Nibikaang – From the Water exhibit. This installation will grow with each person’s contribution to our collective love and concern for the water.  

Bring work you have already created or bring your enthusiasm and energy to create work specifically for this beautiful installation.

Artist Statement:

ᐊᑲᐙᑌᐲᑭᔑᓐ “Agawaatebiigishin, They/ S/he is reflected in water,” in honor of our water carriers and water walkers.

Installation: Stone, water, sand

Anishinaabe Kwewag (women) believe that copper vessels clean, heal and amplify prayers to and for nibi, for water. It is a sacred relationship of ancient wisdom and knowledge that is embraced and honored. Walking with this water is ceremonial, which often comes from various water sources, to pray for the nibi and pray for Grandmother Earth. There is a responsibility as humans to be in tune with our spirit. We must listen wisely and act with integrity in order to be true to our purpose.