UPDATE: The event is being moved inside to the Elkins Park train station due to the rain.
Mapping Our Watershed, a participatory art and community science project taking place in Cheltenham Township will culminate with a free community celebration and pop-up art exhibition, held on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30-7:30pm at High School Park, located at Montgomery Ave & High School Road in Elkins Park, PA.
Mapping Our Watershed is led by Elkins Park-based artist and educator Rebecca Schultz. The project aims to increase residents’ connection to and understanding the complex and interconnected ecology of the TTF Watershed.
Working in collaboration with the Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, and the Friends of High School Park, Rebecca facilitated a series of free, family-friendly workshops.
Three workshops were held at parks throughout the Township incorporating community science and observational art activities; Rebecca was joined by TTF staff and scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania. At the other workshops, held at Cheltenham Center for the Arts and High School Park, participants made art inspired by water, soil, and plants, often using natural materials.
At the same time, Rebecca visited locations in the watershed that are prone to flooding and created a series of mixed-media maps, incorporating visual data, soil, and plants. Rebecca is combining her map pieces and the art produced in the community workshops to create a large-scale work inspired by the TTF Watershed in Cheltenham Township.