Art x Water Residency

Apply now to an exciting new residency at the BLCA!

The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Rice Creek Watershed District, and the City of Fridley are joining forces to look for and hire an artist who is passionate about or interested in the intersection of art, water, and the environment! This artist will become a Master Water Steward and then design and create a sculpture or project that inspires, teaches, or is inspired by water health. The final project will be placed in the Manomin Park, along Rice Creek and the Mississippi River, adjacent to the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and unveiled at the BLCA’s yearly festival, Art at Rice Creek.

Artists do not need to initially propose a project to be chosen; we are looking for individuals excited about the intersection between art and the environment and who are willing to learn more about water health in their community. The selected artist will attend two in-person classes about water health to become a Master Water Steward through the Freshwater Society’s Art for Water Stewardship program. They will then propose a project to the Art X Water committee, who will help them implement said project.

The goals of this project are to engage artists of all mediums around the pillars of the Master Water Steward program: water science, outreach to community members for behavior change, and making the land/water connection. As well as to equip artists to use their art as outreach tools to inspire citizens to make changes in their behavior that benefit the health of our waters.

To learn more about the Master Water Stewards program, visit their website:

This program parallels the MWS Art for Water Stewardship program. It differs in the fact that it is open to all Minnesota residents and not restricted to Hennepin County residents and the final project takes place in Anoka county.


  • Artists must be able to propose, design, and create a final project or sculpture to be located in Manomin Park in Fridley, MN
  • Artists must be able to attend two in person classes with the Freshwater Society: February 25 and March 28, 2020
  • Artists must be able to attend and lead one Family Day at the BLCA and help teach and inspire community members about water health
  • Artists must be able to attend Art at Rice Creek (September 19th & 20th, 2020) to unveil and discuss their project with the art community

Artists will be awarded a stipend of $1,300 for their time. Materials costs for the final project will be covered up to $1,000.

Application deadline: February 10, 2020

Artists will be notified by February 15 if they have been selected for the program.

CLICK HERE to fill out the application and apply!