WaterWorks 2017

Future West

Funding Received: 2016
Bozeman, MT
$350,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months

The Gallatin County Collective of Jim Madden, Mary Ellen Strom and Dede Taylor will produce WaterWorks. Planned for the summers of 2017 and 2018, we will use a series of bold site-specific performance events across the Gallatin Watershed to focus on drought and threats to water security in the face of the rapid population growth and environmental shifts predicted for the coming decades. 

WaterWorks will address the region's future around water and land use planning and management systems. The Missouri River Headwaters’ streams, wetlands, and rivers will become sites for art events created by interdisciplinary teams of artists, agriculturalists, naturalists, historians, and scientists, bringing town and county residents and leaders together to imagine and work towards a sustainable future for our community.

In 2017 we will mount four powerful art events to reveal complex hydrologic systems and make clear the essential nature of water for all living things. Learning activities and evaluative means will be embedded into the art experiences. Events will build on each other through the water season to engage our community and activate a shared vision for a resilient water future. In partnership with Future West, this collective will encourage the region to develop a comprehensive smart growth plan to expand sustainable water use practices and policies.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Aug 17, 2018
In the valley town of Bozeman, Montana, home to some 48,000 people, demand for water is set to outstrip supply as soon as 2030. Farmers,... Read More
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As summer continues to be hot in the Gallatin Valley, water as a resource or for recreation is top of mind for many. Good timing... Read More
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Aug 18, 2017
BIG SKY - Bozeman arts organization Mountain Time Arts wraps up its four-part series “WaterWorks” with a three-night light and sound performance that highlights the... Read More
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Jul 21, 2017
As the summer heat continues in the Gallatin Valley, water as an essential resource and for recreation is on the minds of many; good timing... Read More
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Jul 7, 2017
BIG SKY - Mountain Time Arts, a public art organization based in Bozeman, continues its series “WaterWorks” with a multiscreen video installation at Belgrade’s Dry... Read More
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Jul 7, 2017
BIG SKY - Mountain Time Arts, a public art organization based in Bozeman, continues its series “WaterWorks” with a multiscreen video installation at Belgrade’s Dry... Read More
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Jun 18, 2017
Mountain Time Arts’ Gabriel Canal is the final installment of the four-part series, WaterWorks, that included Upstream and Spring Thirst in June, and Wetlands in... Read More
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Jun 17, 2017
Standing on a downtown sidewalk in front of the Nova Cafe on Saturday morning, a small group of people hunched over a smartphone, watching Bozeman... Read More
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Jun 16, 2017
Every Bozeman resident uses 120 gallons of water a day. That’s why Mountain Time Arts is using art to send a message as they kick... Read More
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Jun 9, 2017
BOZEMAN - On Friday, June 16, Mountain Time Arts kicks off a summerlong public art initiative with the opening of “Upstream,” the first in a... Read More
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Jun 9, 2017
BY SARAH GIANELLI EBS ASSOCIATE EDITOR BOZEMAN – There’s an otherworldly quality to Bozeman artist Gesine Janzen’s work, a sense of peering into the past... Read More
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Jun 1, 2017
In the waning evening light of an August evening, people came streaming across Bozeman to the abandoned grain elevators and stockyards on the northeast edge... Read More
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Feb 3, 2017
Mountain Time Arts, a public art organization based in Gallatin County, is one of 29 projects that will receive funding through the ArtPlace America Creative... Read More
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One of the most pressing (and polarizing) issues of our time is climate change. But figuring out how to tackle a problem that many feel...Read more
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Amid the opportunities and stressors of gentrification, and facing an existential water crisis, new and longtime residents of bucolic Bozeman, Montana, create and experience public...Read more