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September 26, 2008- October 4, 2008

NAVIGATING OUR RIVER COMMUNITIES: Mississippi River Stories by Twin Cities Teens

Youth from the Green Team in Minneapolis and from the Community Design Center in St. Paul have collaborated with visual artist Anna Metcalfe to create a series of stories and experiences about their lives along the Mississippi River Watershed. In an effort to continue the dialogue about our shared waterways, both here in the Twin Cities and along the length of the Mississippi River, a fleet of story boats has been created to carry these narratives. Each ceramic piece was hand-crafted by Metcalfe, who then transferred the teen's story and drawings onto the surface to create a three-dimensional ceramic story boat. More than forty of these boats will set sail in the gallery for this show.

Visitors to the gallery will be given the opportunity to participate in this dialogue about our natural resources by adding their own stories and drawings to this collection of river tales.

Funds for this activity have been provided by a Graduate Research Project Partnership Grant through the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. Additional support for the Minneapolis Green Team was provided by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, the National Parks Service and the Community Design Center of Minnesota.

Family activity and story-telling: Saturday, September 27 from 1p to 4p

Closing Reception: Friday, October 3 from 6p to 9p