2017 WaterWorks Season Report


WaterWorks uses art to reveal a variety of perspectives on water use and conservation. We believe that art can help people understand and care about the science and culture of climate change.


Our events are free to the public and attracted audiences of diverse experiences, ages and interests across the Gallatin Valley, building a community of water stewards.

I learned that water is a finite resource, threatened with population growth and changing landscapes, that has many diverse user interests.


people attended WaterWorks tour of Bozeman Creek and Pheasant Farm Wetlands.




At the Headwater of the Missouri River, the Gallatin Valley is facing explosive growth. Water quality and abundance is key to a sustainable future; our goal is to raise the water awareness of our diverse community. In 2017, we produced four pubic art events highlighting the beauty and science, the history and future of our most precious resource.

Over two years of research and conversations with water professionals we identified three themes to guide our work:

  • Where our water comes from and where it goes
  • How agricultural producers affect and sustain water health
  • The ecology and value of wetlands


A story of drought in dance.
Bogart Pavilion at dusk, Bozeman, Montana
June 23–24, 2017


Joanna Haigood, choreographer of Zaccho Dance Theater of San Francisco, created and directed Spring Thirst, an aerial dance performance. The work explored the effect of climate change on water resources through a series of vignettes acting as poetic metaphors. The dance provoked a range of emotions—astonishement, sadness, and delight—that has enlivened the conversation about our water future.


As part of SPRING THIRST and UPSTREAM, we partnered with the Extreme History Project to design a walking tour of Bozeman Creek. Daily tours highlighted a recent restoration, the art installations and revealed Bozeman Creek history, hydrology and coming challanges.



people attended
SPRING THIRST over 2 evening performances.

Each event was valuable. It was more about life than how I think about art—bringing art to us.


Bozeman Dancers


San Francisco Dancers