Water Moves MSU

WATER MOVES Michigan State University to take the lead in science, technology, art and innovation to shape a better tomorrow in the Great Lakes and beyond. Over the next year, Spartans will educate to empower community action, inspire creativity, and instill a sense of urgency to respect and appreciate the most prevalent and precious resource on our planet.

This initiative will encourage discussion and debate and build new bridges at the intersection of topics such as health, policy, culture, artistic expression and community. WATER MOVES MSU though individual strength, collective power and extraordinary impact, in ways that advance us all.

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Programming

WATER MOVES MSU aims to create dynamic programming through events, encourage discussion and debate and build new bridges at the intersection of topics such as health, policy, culture, artistic expression and community. MSU continuously invests in its role as a leader in science, technology, art and innovation, and this initiative is meant to ensure the conversations and collaborations continue to create even more ground-breaking discoveries and creations surrounding water and its impact on the world.

The launch of WATER MOVES MSU will be October 4, 2016 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The kick-off will coincide with the unveiling of a series of large photograph installations by artist Gideon Mendel along the banks of the Red Cedar River. Mendel?s exhibition Gideon Mendel: Drowning World is on view through October 16 at the Broad Art Museum.

WATER MOVES MSU through diverse activities including art, film, music, performances, lectures, events, and exhibits. By inviting guest speakers on water to the MSU campus – including artists, scholars, authors, musicians, filmmakers, lawmakers and government officials – we seek to educate to empower community action, inspire creativity, and instill a sense of urgency to respect and appreciate the most prevalent and precious resource on our planet.

This initiative strengthens the university-wide focus on water and cuts across multiple strategic imperatives under Bolder by Design: enriching the student experience, global inclusiveness, and engaging the community.


Goals

  • Inform and educate the campus and greater community about research, collaborations, creative work and cultural engagement happening at MSU focused on water.
  • Increase local, national and international partnerships and collaborations focused on water at the intersection of art and science.
  • Celebrate the artistic and cultural expression and appreciation of water around the world through various forms of art.
  • Encourage individuals on campus and in the community to have a deeper respect for life’s most prevalent and precious resource.

We will accomplish these goals through development and execution of creative programming, engagement in open dialogue and discussion, and by encouraging active student, faculty and community involvement in WATER MOVES MSU themed-year activities.


Mission

As a globally engaged, research-intensive university, WATER MOVES MSU to be a leader in science, technology, art and innovation to shape a better tomorrow in the Great Lakes and beyond. The initiative aims to inform and educate the campus and greater community about research, collaborations, creative work and cultural engagement happening at MSU focused on water.

WATER MOVES MSU will create dynamic programming through events, encourage discussion and debate and build new bridges at the intersection of topics such as health, policy, culture, artistic expression and community.