The Clean Water Here Global Photography Exhibit opened at the International Museum of Art & Science on October 20, 2018. The exhibit features 13 award-winning photographs and educational content that describes the world’s complex water challenges, specifically focusing on issues surrounding safe drinking water.
The exhibit first debuted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on UN World Water Day, March 22, 2018 in support of the Water Action Decade which promoted the idea that access to safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights – central to all people everywhere.
“Safe drinking water is critical to ending poverty, but it is a huge challenge,” said Lani Dolifka, the creator of Clean Water Here. “We want people to get a better understanding of the challenges, so they can become agents of change in their own communities.”
IMAS President & Executive Director, Serena Pandos states, “Since its inception, for 51 years now, the International Museum of Art & Science has been committed to promoting education and awareness on water conservation. In partnership with the McAllen Public Utility, water conservation education and reuse have remained an important part of our educational and exhibition program offerings. Water is one of our most precious natural resources. This exhibit uses the arts to drive home the important learning concepts evolving around sustainability. It also encourages a thoughtful dialogue on our inherent connection with the earth’s natural resources.”
Pandos continues, “We currently engage about 70,000 visitors annually, offering interactive hands-on exhibitions, educational programs and cultural events involving water conservation topics. Nearly half of these visitors are children. The Clean Water Here Global Photography Exhibit will terrifically enhance our mission, and provide an excellent intersection of art and science, for delivering compelling messages revolving around water conservation and sustainability. We’re very grateful for this opportunity and wish to thank Lani Dolifka, Patti Sunday, Dave Wilkinson and everyone within the Clean Water Here Foundation for sharing this outstanding exhibit with the Rio Grande Valley community in McAllen, Texas.”
In addition to the global photography exhibit, Clean Water Here launched a social media campaign which drew the attention of over 750 million people, including celebrity supporters such as Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Seal, Kesha, Avril Levine, Andra Day, Ryan Seacrest, and others.
World-renowned photographers Martin Schoeller, Kristen Ashburn and Robert Clark selected photos for the exhibit.