Art for Water

Are you an artist with a strong connection to water? Do you want to inspire others through your art to appreciate and protect the health of the waters we share? Consider joining Art for Water!

The application period for the 2022 program has closed. Please check back for next year. 

Freshwater collaborates with Hennepin County on this artist-focused initiative, based on the Minnesota Water Stewards (MWS) program developed by Freshwater in 2013.


To engage artists of all mediums around the pillars of the MWS program: water science, outreach to community members for behavior change, and making the land/water connection.

To equip artists to use their art as outreach tools to inspire others to make changes in their behavior that benefit the health of our waters.

The program:

Artists accepted into the program will attend virtual workshops for orientation, discussion, and guided practice sessions and participate in an online course to gain deeper knowledge of water science.

After coursework is complete, artists will design and implement a public art project/performance that inspires behavior change related to water health.


Applicants must be working artists at any level of experience, with an interest in water.

Ideal candidates will have experience with public art.

Artists must be residents of Hennepin County and art must be created/executed in Hennepin County. If you do not live in Hennepin County, watch for expansion of this opportunity in the future.

To maintain certification, artists are asked to continue their work for water by dedicating approximately 50 volunteer hours during the first year, and 25 hours each additional year.

Applicants must complete and submit an application that outlines their interest and experience in connecting people to water issues through art.

Important dates:

Applications due: December 3, 2021

Welcome and Kickoff Workshop:
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm

Online learning and partner organization check ins:
February through April

Next Steps Workshop:
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
6:00-7:30 pm

In October 2022 at the annual Confluence of Stewards, we will celebrate certification and have the opportunity to feature artists' work.


Artists accepted into the program will receive a stipend to cover initial training sessions and needed materials.

To apply:

The application period for the 2022 program is closed. Please check back for next year's program.

Questions? Contact Alex Van Loh