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Indeed, “Water Is All We Have”

May 6, 2015Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Indeed, “Water Is All We Have”

If you have wanted to go to the growing Water Bar phenomenon but have missed out, you are in luck: the Water Bar will be open at Aster Cafe a week from tonight as part of the “Sip of Science” series.  Water Bar is an interactive, collaborative public art project that serves local drinking waters and discusses them,

Really simple, yet also a project that gets profoundly to the heart of something we absolutely take for granted every day: turning on the tap for fresh water.  Where does the water come from? What is done to it between source and sink? Is it threatened in any way? How much does it cost and how is the payment system worked out?

Learn all this and more by engaging with the scientist/artist bar-tenders next Wednesday at Sip of Science.  More details and registration information is below.

Oh, and the Aster Cafe probably won’t mind if you buy a beer to wash down your waters.

Water Bar: Creating Open Spaces for Conversations and Connections
Works Progress Studio
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015  5:30p.m.
Aster Cafe125 SE Main Street, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
No cover, Please RSVP!

A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly.  Food, beer, and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling.

May 13th Event –

Water Bar is a public art project created by Works Progress Studio and collaborators. It is, most simply, a bar that serves local tap waters. Water Bar was developed by artists Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Works Progress in conversation and collaboration with scientific researchers, environmental advocates, arts organizers, public employees, educators, artists, and other community residents who drink water and care about the issues it touches. It is an open space for the generation of conversations and connections around the life-sustaining, precarious, communal activity of drinking tap water, and an evolving, itinerant, living project. We invite Water Bar visitors to engage with one another, as well as with project collaborators, who tend bar and share their knowledge of water and water issues. Water Bar is a place to talk, to quench your thirst, to inquire, and to share personal stories and reflections.

The talk takes place during happy hour at the Aster Cafe || Food and Drink Available for Purchase


Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and led by husband-wife Collaborative Directors Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson. Works Progress engages an expansive network of artists, designers, organizers, and other creative people to realize imaginative public art and design projects rooted in place and purpose. These projects take many forms, all created through a collaborative, participatory, publicly-oriented creative process that responds to location, ecology, and the capacity and creativity of individual people living and working together.


A SIP OF SCIENCE is a science happy hour sponsored by the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED). It is a chance to hear about new and exciting research over beer, in a cool bar.  Come talk with the experts about their efforts to address some of the Earth’s most pressing problems. NCED’s A SIP OF SCIENCE brings the wonder of science to happy hour.

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