Love is complicated. so is our relationship to the Mississippi.

Dear River is a multimedia storytelling project organized by Works Progress Studio. Through an interactive website, short documentary videos and place-based events and exhibitions we will gather and amplify the river stories and sentiments of people across the watershed. These stories will illustrate the range of experiences and emotions that comprise life on the Mississippi today, encouraging a sense of belonging and a deeper understanding of the relationship between place and environment.

Visit the beta version of Dear River:

As Dear River stories accumulate, our hope is that this project can inspire thoughtful and frank conversations about the future of our rivers and the places we live and work, celebrating the complex, profound and ordinary ways that water moves and sustains us.

To date, we've completed 6 out of a planned 10 Dear River short documentaries. These 6 were originally broadcast as part of Twin Cities Public Television's inaugural TV Takeover series. Watch all 6 below:

Work on the final 4 films, as well as a series of writing workshops and research into how to tie these components together into a large scale public art work will continue into 2016 through Minnesota State Arts Board grants awarded to Shanai and Colin in 2015, so stay tuned! 

Love, fear, anger, joy, sadness, and hope—how will you write the river?

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