Franklin Pierce University’s Art for Water Project


March 21, 2010

Art for Water

Art for Water is a multimedia celebration of water. It includes dance, music, films and storytelling created by Franklin Pierce University faculty and students.

Franklin Pierce University is pleased to announce the Art for Water Project is coming to Peterborough and Greenfield in honor of World Water Day. Last fall the New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce sponsored an interdisciplinary, campus-wide investigation of water designed to raise awareness about our relationship with water and especially our water use habits. The project features The River of Consumption, an installation made of recycled water bottles, which was created by Franklin Pierce honors students. The construction was facilitated by Christine Destrempes, who was an Artist-in-Residence at the University last fall. Other elements include an original modern dance, original music, story telling, illustrations and short films. With the assistance of a grant from the Putnam Foundation, this project will now be shared with the Monadnock community.

The Art for Water Project will open at the Peterborough Town House on Friday, March 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fourth graders from the Conval School District will be visiting the project throughout the day on Friday to learn about the impact of human water use and abuse. Students and community members alike are invited to bring their own recycled water bottles to add to the installation and to take part in a water tasting to see if they can tell the difference between bottled and tap water.

Two performances are scheduled. The first will be at the Peterborough Town House at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26th. The second will be at Crotched Mountain Foundation at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29th. Each will feature an interdisciplinary mix of visual and performing arts. The River of Consumption installation will serve as a set for Water Dance, choreographed by Wendy Dwyer with an original score created by Lou Bunk and students from the Computer Music course.

In addition, the Crotched Mountain performance includes an original composition by members of The Active Ingredients a dance troupe associated with their Adaptive Dance Program. The piece is choreographed by instructor Addy Gannett to music created by Franklin Pierce students.

Both performances will include Dream Angus, a retelling of a Celtic myth by Renee Beauregard, English major; illustrations of Dream Angus by sixteen graphic arts students; and eight short films for water created by mass communication students. Faculty from the American Studies, Dance, Environmental Sciences, Graphic Communication, Marketing, Music and Mass Communication programs who assisted with the project include Lou Bunk, Rob Diercks, Joni Doherty, Wendy Dwyer, Jason Little, Catherine Koning Owen and Heather Tullio.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Art for Water Project in Peterborough and at Crotched Mountain has been made possible in part by a grant from the Putnam Foundation.

For more information about the Peterborough event, please contact Joni Doherty at 603.899.1025 or For more information about the Crotched Mountain Foundation event, please contact Stephanie Wells at 603.547.3311 x1478 or

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