UW-Stevens Point to host international artist collective with series of events September 14, 2023 A series of art and music events will be held Sept. 20-24 as part of “Healing Waters,” a guest artist residency partnership between UW-Stevens Point and the City of Stevens Point. An international multidisciplinary collective of artists called “Take Me to The River” will offer a wide variety of Stevens Point events beginning the week of Sept. 20, through a partnership between the city and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The guest artist residency is designed to engage students from kindergarten through 12th grade, university students, faculty and the community in the celebration of water and its profound impact on the region. Sponsors include the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Fund for Excellence, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Native American Center at UW-Stevens Point and the City of Stevens Point. Events themed “Healing Waters” are planned for five days, September 20-24, and include painting and drawing workshops as well as classes in music composition and dance composition. Community art exhibits, lectures, concerts and performances will be held at Bukolt Lodge and Riverfront Art Gallery, both on the Wisconsin River. The public is invited to a gallery opening reception and concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, on campus at the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage Street, Stevens Point. The artwork at Carlsten Gallery will feature original “Healing Waters” works from visiting artists, followed by a 7:30 p.m. concert at Michelsen Hall. More public events take place Sunday, Sept. 24, at Bukolt Lodge, including a pop-up art gallery, a Native American celebration of water with a drumming circle, a lecture on “A River and A Place Remembered” and a concert. UW-Stevens Point art alumna Judy Jashinsky, ’70, is a founding member of “Take Me to the River.” The group engages communities and creates exhibitions around exploring one’s connection to water and importance of preserving it. Jashinsky proposed the theme “Healing Waters” inspired by Wallace Nichols, marine biologist and author of the book, “Blue Mind,” which focuses on the “benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water.” Nichols plans to attend events held on Sept. 23. “We are thrilled to be hosting this talented group of artists,” said College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean Valerie Cisler. “To tie fine arts together with the preservation of water resources is a perfect fit for UWSP and the city of Stevens Point, both of which share these values.” A complete list of activities and information on all events, including related community events, can be found at www.uwsp.edu/cofac/healing-waters/.