Wisconsin Academy: Celebrate the critical role that water plays in our lives at World Water Day in Madison

Did you know that Wisconsin is home to 15,000 inland lakes, 32,000 miles of perennial rivers and streams, and 5.3 million acres of wetlands? Or that our four aquifers hold 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater? All these waters interact through an integrated hydrological system that holds life’s essential element—and an asset of inestimable global significance.

Join us for a unique Academy Talk and celebration of World Water Day—Sunday, March 22—that celebrates the critical role that water plays in our lives here in Wisconsin. Our free World Water Day talk from 1–3:00 pm in the Wisconsin Studio of Overture Center for the Arts in Madison explores three different facets of water:

* Artists Sarah FitzSimons, Marsha McDonald, and John Miller delve into the process and meaning behind the artwork showcased in the Waterways exhibition on view in our James Watrous Gallery. All three artists create work immersed in the substance and actions of water.

* Wisconsin Academy executive director Jane Elder discusses our Waters of Wisconsin Initiative, which fosters nonpartisan, science-based strategies and solutions to safeguard Wisconsin’s freshwater ecosystems and water supply for generations to come.

* Members of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra perform Handel’s Water Music, which was originally written as a commission to accompany King George’s royal barge down the Thames in 1717.

This public Wisconsin Academy event is free with advance registration (click here to register). For questions or to modify your registration, please contact project coordinator Aaron Fai at 608-263-1692 x14.