Education around stewardship is an essential programmatic component of Public Water, and sees Mary Mattingly and the More Art team bringing the project into learning spaces both for the public and in local schools.
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Collaboration
In March 2020, More Art began a collaborative project with the AP Environmental Science (APES) class at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics High School (BCSM), coinciding with their unit on water and land use. We held two classes in-person before shifting our work online via Zoom with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. We explored the NYC public water system and discussed issues of access, privatization, environmental stewardship, and the relationship between art, education, research, and social/environmental justice.
Working with the concept of art making as an act of stewardship, the students created art projects that aim to spark awareness of the water system, and presented them to their peers and teachers for the school’s first Virtual STEAM Night in June 2020.