River Resurgent in Downtown Detroit: R

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
WSU Old Main: O174
Full Description: 

Water rights are the ultimate human right. When people lose access to the water around them, the lose the right to shape and control their lives and livelihoods. Come find out how a Detroit based project is using theatre, puppetry, and performance to re-connect the community to this basic human right.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, this location on the Detroit River was one of the most productive ecosystems on earth. There were springs, marshes, ponds, and lakes throughout a complex landscape. Visiting the city today, very few traces of that watery landscape remain. Famous trout and sturgeon spawning grounds became sewers in the 19th century. Marshes noted for their numerous water fowl were polluted, then covered, and are now much ignored city parks. Where frogs once sang and swam, professional sports are now played.

Detroit is in the midst of the most massive transformation it has faced since its hyper-growth at the beginning of the 20th century. It faces pivotal decisions about is future, about the future of its land use, about the how its resources should and will be deployed.

40,000 people now live in the city without access to running water. More than 90% of the population do not have a grocery store within walking distance. Diabetes, obesity, and asthma are major health concerns.

Come learn how connecting people to the indigenous waters is central to the transformation of the economy, the environment, and human rights. Learn how you can join community artmaking and join the procession/performance on the route of the buried river in downtown Detroit.

Organizer Name: 
shaun nethercott
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
matrix theatre company
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