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One World, One Water Center presents “Water and the Arts” Feb. 25-26

Hosted by: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs and Sculptor Rik Sargent

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Tom Cech, Cell 970-371-9598

Posted: February 19, 2013

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship (OWOW Center) is hosting its inaugural Water and the Arts symposium. This unique program, which is free and open to the public, combines a variety of art forms, including film, industrial design, sculpture, graffiti, music, stories and poetry to raise awareness of growing water demands and the need for conservation.  Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs and Sculptor Rik Sargent are co-chairing the symposium.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday/Tuesday, Feb. 25-26, 2013, at the Tivoli Turnhalle, Room 250, in the Tivoli Student Union

(890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO, 80204)


February 25, 2013

Down the Colorado River – Zak Podmore, Filmmaker and Explorer      

11a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Smart Water Design: Industrial Design – Associate Professor of Industrial Design David Klein and students  

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Plastics In Our Ocean – Artist Jan Fordyce, Sculptor Rik Sargent, Artist and Explorer Jesse Horton

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Graffiti Session: Social Action Through Art – Stephanie Madison and Hector Palacios

3 – 4:45 p.m.


February 26, 2013

Storytellers  – Steve Grace, George Sibley, Patty Limerick

11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Storytellers – Steve Grace, George Sibley

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Music, Spoken Word and Poetry – Justice Greg Hobbs, Jorge Figueroa, Molina Speaks

2 p.m.  – 3:15 p.m.

Culminating Event – Performances and Juried Winners

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Special Screening “Chasing Ice” - Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Assistant Professor of English Vincent Piturro

7-9 p.m. – This is a ticketed event; visit:


About the One World, One Water Center

The One World, One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver helps students become urban water stewards through coursework, co-curricular events, and applied learning activities. The mission of the OWOW Center is to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and preserve our precious water resources. The program was founded in fall 2011 via an anonymous donor, enabling MSU Denver to offer an interdisciplinary pilot water studies minor that provides a holistic and highly interactive program. Currently, there are more than 90 faculty and staff members from MSU Denver involved with the program. In fall 2012, 73 students enrolled in water courses and in spring 2013 more than 100 students are registered.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has 23,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 73,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.