Mississippi River Stories

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN SCP ARTS, THE NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECT, & THE MISSISSIPPI WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION


Mississippi River

Mississippi River looking north from the Ford Parkway bridge.

Translating research into artwork

Students in ENVR 212 translated their experiences of the Mississippi River (L) and their analysis of people's experiences of the river (R) into illustrations with SCP Artist-in-Resident Sarah Nelson.

Elm Tree Story Booth

ENVR 212 students also collected data through the Elm Tree Story Booth, which traveled around to different locations across the Twin Cities, including the University of St. Thomas, for this project.


Students in Society and Sustainability (ENVR 212) in Fall 2019 collaborated with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and the Natural Heritage Project (NHP) to explore people's experiences of the Mississippi River.  Students conducted both an online survey and research through NHP’s Elm Tree Story Booth, which traveled to different locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul to collect stories from diverse voices.  Students' research will inform the MWMO's public outreach efforts and will be the basis for an interactive exhibit at the MWMO's Stormwater Learning Center.


Mississippi River Stories will open April 2022 at the MWMO's Stormwater Learning Center.


Mississippi River Stories invites viewers to explore the diverse experiences of people with the Mississippi River and to reflect on their own river stories.  

On display:

  • Visual artwork from twenty local artists paired with a community member's river story, collected through NHP's Elm Tree Story Booth.

  • Visual artwork by SCP Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Nelson, in collaboration with ENVR 212 students.  Students collaborated with Sarah Nelson during class to translate their research findings into artwork.