Lane Arts Council is partnering with the Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN), Willamalane Parks & Recreation, the City of Eugene, Boys & Girls Club Emerald Valley, the Fern Ridge School District, and Connected Lane County Maker Space for the 2021 Willamette River Festival to create a series of art installations by Springfield, Eugene, and Fern Ridge area students at natural and human-engineered water filtration systems.

Teaching artist Alex Ever of Lane Arts Council will teach students natural dye, organic sculpture, and about the local natural environment as they guide students through a collaborative art-making experience.

The sites of the four art installations include:

Booth Kelly Trailhead, which will feature a 3D floating art installation
Amazon Park and Sladden Park, which will showcase natural dye banners in trees
Mahonia Building, which will feature a natural dye cotton rope art installation

These four art installations will be a feature of the self-guided tours participants of the Festival will enjoy as they learn more about how we keep our groundwater and rivers clean. Each tour will incorporate stops where participants can scan a QR code leading to a webpage with information about the featured artwork, water system, or natural area. The tour content will include narratives about the Mill Race history and restoration, pre-Euro-American settler history, how the Kalapuya people managed the land, history of the stormwater facility design, information on the student artists, and more.

The Willamette River Festival will take place August 21st-28th, 2021. Learn more at https://willametteriverfest.org/.

Thank you to our partners and funders Willamette River Keeper, Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN), Connected Lane County, Willamalane Parks & Recreation, the City of Eugene, Boys & Girls Club Emerald Valley, the City of Springfield, the Fern Ridge School District, and teaching artist Alex Ever for their vision towards the 2021 Willamette River Festival Art.