Last semester marked the inception of an interesting idea: bring the campus together, various academics and fine arts, students and the community to focus on a single subject: water. It was from this concept that "Water Works," an innovative, cross-disciplinary series
about inland water flow as resource, image, and metaphor, began.
Events concentrating on this central theme continue throughout the spring semester featuring several guest lecturers tackling environmental issues, art exhibitions, performances by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and much more.
Highlights of the season include:
Watershed Lecture Series (Jan.-May)- As part of the freshmen year
experience, Science 121, "Sustainability in My World" presents a series of lectures focusing on watersheds. Local professionals speak about watershed restoration projects in the region and provide insights into water-related career choices. These lectures are
selected Mondays 1-2 p.m. in Warren Auditorium.
"Island Passions: Two One-Act Operas" (Feb. 7-17)- A co-production
between the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance, these operas represent a brief "Water Works" departure from inland water flow, heading out to sea with these two magnificent short operas. Person Theatre.
Water-Themed Art Exhibitions (Feb.-March)- Exhibits featuring Bay Area artists will be collaborating with graduate students from the curatorial program at California College of Arts. Curated by Karen Brodsky.
1-Page Play Festival (March 13)- Features 1-page plays on the theme of "water" from submissions from around campus from faculty, staff, and student writers. Plays selected will receive full mounting by faculty and student directors and actors. Warren Auditorium.
Spring Dance Concert (April 12-20)- Directed by Kristen Daley, this
concert features new works from guest professional choreographers and faculty, with some choreographers responding to the "Water Works" theme. Person Theatre.
The Copeland Creek Project- A Theatrical Journey (April 24-May 2)-
What are the stories of the communities that live and have lived along the creek? How has the creek shaped their lives, and how do our lives shape the creek? An interview-based ensemble piece, created with the Acting Block of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, will dramatize the voices of the creek's waters, of creation itself, and how they
flow in, through, and out of our lives.
Copeland Creek Watershed Symposium (May 3)- The WATERS Collaborative hosts a symposium for students and community organizations working in
and around Copeland Creek. Many students get their feet wet in science by giving their first professional presentations.
For more information about "Water Works," visit www.sonoma.edu/waterworks/.