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This unique artist in residency program partners a community engagement artist with a small town in rural Minnesota that has a vulnerable drinking water source. For Little Falls, their ground water is their drinking or source water and all the wells are clustered together on the edge of town. The protection of this source water is a top priority for the local government. Environmental Initiative Foundation and the Source Water Protection Collaborative are partnering artists with local government to raise awareness within the community in a productive, fun, non-intimidating way.

From June to December, 2023, Su will work closely with community leaders, educators, artists, and more to develop pieces that explore the communities relationship to water, their understanding of its effects, and how important it is to the community at large. These items (watercolor paintings, poems, stories, drawings, photos, etc) will be digitized and layered together to create a series of prints inspired by broadsides. The final series will be reproduced and distributed as window clings and vinyl wraps throughout the city. 

For a brief overview of the project's process, click HERE.



Nature Walks with Nicky Buck


Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
19502 Iris Rd, Little Falls, MN 56345
8:00 am or 2:00 pm
As part of our learning process, we have invited the incredible Nicky Buck to visit Little Falls' Crane Meadows Wildlife Reserve. Ms. Buck will share her knowledge of the traditional medicine of native plants as well as the Dakota stories and lessons that continue to inform.

These walks are free and open to the public. 

Walks will take place on the Platte River Trail, which is fairly level and paved with crushed gravel.  The entire walk will be one to two miles. A map of this trail can be found HERE.

After entering the reserve, please take the first left and park in the first parking lot. The walk will leave from that location. 

Walks will take about 30-45 minutes with time for questions after. 

Paper Making and Story Sharing 

Great River Arts
122 1st St SE, Little Falls, MN 56345

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Not too long ago, the city of Little Falls was home to Hennepin Paper Mill. Utilizing the water of the Mississippi River, this industry was a major economic force for the community. We'll use this history as a starting point for conversation around the importance of water for the area, as an agricultural necessity, a tourist attraction, and an important element that keeps us alive.

Join us at Great River Arts to make paper, using Little Falls ground water and the petals of wild flowers grown next to area roads, and tell stories or share thoughts about the importance of water to you. Excerpts from these stories may be used as text for the Creating With/For Water project and the paper created will be used at a future project for watercolor paintings, drawings, or more.

This event is free and open to the public. This event is accessib
le for all ages and abilities.

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