Rising Waters Art Project at BCPS
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Rising Waters Art Project at BCPS in Support of the Youth Climate Summit
Broward County Public Schools, through its STEM+Computer Science, Applied Learning Department, partnered with Rising Waters to showcase unique art installations at 19 schools throughout the District and the District office. Rising Waters is a conceptual art project that raises awareness about the impact of climate change to local communities by highlighting future possible flood levels resulting from sea-level rise and storm conditions. The colorful installation artwork provides a visual representation of the potential future by highlighting water at ankle, knee, hip, or eye level.
In addition to installing the sea-level rise artwork, students also placed hand-made fish flags on campus with their action steps for helping mitigate the impact of climate change. A picture of students adding their fish flags is shown here. See other school pictures from the accordion tabs below.
The art installations and placement of fish flags took place the week of November 1–5, 2021, which coincided with the King Tide and the United Nations climate change summit (COP26). The initiative also supports the ongoing efforts of the District’s Youth Climate Summit to engage students in the issue of sea-level rise and the effects of climate change.
Rising Waters Overview
Rising Waters, a project of Climate Creatives, is a conceptual art project begun by Susan Israel in 2013 in Boston that marks future flood levels due to sea-level rise and storms from climate change. The colorful lines of the installations act as a totem and a key, making the invisible (potential sea-level rise) visible by measuring them with our bodies, seeing water at ankle, knee, hip or eye level, or higher, the issue of climate change gains immediacy. For more info on the Rising Waters project visit https://www.risingwaters.org/.
The Rising Waters art project was first installed in Broward at the Museum of Discovery and Science, where the 2nd Broward Youth Climate Summit was held on January 10, 2020.
Rising Waters art installations at various BCPS campuses - see accordion tabs below (constantly updated)
Central Park Elementary School
Coral Springs High School
KC Wright Building
Rising Waters art installation at the BCPS district office, KC Wright Building.
Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
Miramar High School
Miramar High School students working on their project
Northeast High School
Wilton Manors Elementary
Students and staff at Wilton Manors Elementary School are dedicated to bringing attention to and taking action to mitigate the impact of sea level rise (SLR). We began by sharing the resources in the SLR Rising Waters Canvas course with the teachers. The teachers derived grade-level appropriate lessons on SLR, its impacts on South Florida, and began conversations centered on what actions they would undertake to mitigate SLR. At which point every student in the school was given a fish in which they put an age-appropriate response to what they would do to counteract SLR. #RisingWaters2021 @WiltonManorsES
MODS on 2nd Broward Youth Climate Summit
Rising Waters art installation at the Museum of Discovery and Science during the 2nd Broward Youth Climate Summit on January 10, 2020.