A hands-on workshop where we’ll learn how to assess watershed health and document the visual power of water!
The way water moves and behaves tells us a lot about the health of the watershed. In this workshop, we are going to observe water through two sets of eyes: as community scientists and as artists. Join ecological artist (and TTF Streamkeeper) Rebecca Schultz and TTF Upstream Conversation Leader Ryan Neuman as we use our senses to assess the health of Tookany Creek and put those senses to work documenting the visual power of water. Bring a phone with a camera (if you have one) and wear shoes that can potentially get wet or dirty.
This workshop is part of the Mapping Our Watershed project. Please join us for a follow-up workshop on Sunday, May 14th from 2-4:30pm at Cheltenham Center for the Arts, where we will use the photographs to make collages and suminagashi prints!
Mapping Our Watershed is a participatory art and community science project led by Rebecca Schultz in collaboration with TTF, and Cheltenham Arts Center that aims to connect residents with the complex ecology of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. Mapping is about creating a visual representation of a place; it is also a process of documenting the relationships and experiences of that place. Local residents will map their experience of the watershed by learning about its interdependent elements and translating their impressions of those elements into art.