Art Workshops Bring Environmental Stewardship to Life

The public is invited to a lantern-making workshop on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center during the First Friday Art Walk. Using paper, wood, glue and crayons, participants will work with artists to build lanterns that connect to the history and ecology of the Black Warrior River watershed.

The workshop is just one of several upcoming community events that Flow Tuscaloosa will present to the public in a multifaceted community environmental celebration in West Alabama over the spring and summer of 2022.

UA assistant professors Jamey Grimes (art and art history) and Julia Brock (history), with a team of artists, curators and historians, including the Selvage Collective, made up of Brock, Teresa Bramlette Reeves, and Kirstie Tepper, and in collaboration with UA Museums and the Friends of Hurricane Creek, are working to bring visual art to environmental stewardship in a series of public events. Flow Tuscaloosa recognizes the successful restoration of Hurricane Creek, a Tuscaloosa natural resource, as inspiration to ignite action to protect the resources of the Black Warrior River watershed and bring attention to environmental justice efforts in West Alabama. Drawing from expressive and visual art as a stimulus for dialogue, engagement and play, the project nurtures local commitment to environmental stewardship through arts-based workshops that will culminate with a community lantern parade and three curated exhibitions.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. Find more information on their website. For event updates, check the Flow Tuscaloosa website, CARI events calendar or the latest UA Art Roundup.

The project is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant through UA’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI).