"Children are the future," is how the saying goes, but we believe that youth have knowledge and gifts today. Our goal is to be a resource for youth to learn about water access, and other social topics, while engaging them in activities to take action.
Be in Action
If you live in the St Cloud, MN area, you can join us for these annual activities. Stay tuned for information on how to get involved.
Martin Luther King Jr art & essay contest (January)
Civic Engagement conference (February)
World Water Day (March)
World Toilet Day (November)
Apply to the Youth Advisory Board!
We are currently forming a youth advisory board to design programming for youth. If you are interested in joining us or sharing your thoughts for activities, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host an art residency!
We have conducted multiple residencies with middle and high school students on water, immigration/refugee stories, bridging our similarities, art for social change, Dr MLK Jr. and the civil rights movement, and more. Most residencies are mixed media so that students can work in mediums that they are comfortable with while discussing topics that can be uncomfortable. Contact us to design your customized residency.
Photos of us in Action!
No matter where you are in the world, you can help us spread the word about our work. Please follow us @herartsinaction on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat and YouTube. For our water/sanitation project use #withadrop and for art use #artinaction.
Take a selfie!
Upload your photos to any of our social media accounts @herartsinaction #withadrop.
World Toilet Day selfie
World Toilet Day is November 19. Take a picture of your toilet and tell us why you are grateful for it.
World Water Day selfie
World Water Day is March 22. Take a picture using water and tell us why you are grateful for it.
We are currently trying to raise $15,400 to build 1 well and 6 secure, lit latrines in Tiebele in January 2018. You can help us in many ways! 1) Share our information on social media. 2) Make a donation (with your guardian's permission). 3) Create an online fundraiser for your birthday (other holiday or just because) instead of receiving gifts. 4) Host a fundraising event. Email us to learn more at email@example.com.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School 8th Grade Science Water Project Essential Question: To what extent do we have a water problem? Note that projects are based on lecture and school resources and are not cited.
By Tabara Barry & Ava Zeppelin
Water is a deeply interconnected system; whatever we we pour into the ground we end up drinking. There are 200,000 known abandoned waste sites in the U.S. alone that can contaminate the groundwater. 93% of the U.S. surface water is polluted and 83% of diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water in developing countries. Antibiotics, sex hormones and antidepressants are found in the tap water of at least 41 million American homes. There is all the same amount of water on earth as there ever has been. Everything we put into our water we end up drinking. Around 70% of the industrial waste is dumped into water bodies where they pollute the usable water supply. Fourteen billion pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean everyday. Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too contaminated for fishing, aquatic life or swimming. Every year more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war. Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste is dumped into U.S. water. Globally 15 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of diseases caused by drinking unsafe water. Aquatic animals have faced an estimated extinction rate five times more than terrestrial animals. All of these things, we humans can work together to fix by disposing of garbage properly, not dumping things into water, recycling, talking to your government officials and donating to organizations trying to fix these issues.
By: Ava Foshaug
By: Kobe Knettle