A "On-River Conference" nicknamed Flow Slow, to be held this weekend in Upstate New York, will be a "celebration of pure water" involving artists of many disciplines, and will also seek to educate people in the consequences of hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling that has been proposed for the area.
The Flow Slow conference events will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 18th, with a continental breakfast put on by Callicoon Fine Arts in the town of Callicoon. It will continue with lunch, art, music and other events and meals in different locations on the Delaware River and in other towns. This sounds like a phenomenal concept - I hope they pull it off smoothly!
The conference will feature art, music and conversations taking place both onshore and on a diverse flotilla of canoes, kayaks, rafts and other watercraft which will travel throughout the day down a portion of the threatened Delaware River. Along the route the conference will pass through Damascus and Milanville PA and other towns, and finish up in Narrowsville, N.Y.
All events are free and also include public events and activities in the communities enroute. See the linked info for full details.
The event is being produced in association with SkyDog Projects, ISSUE Project Room, Mildred's Lane, Callicoon Fine Arts, Electronic Music Foundation, Ant Hill Farm, and The Queens Museum. Among the participants expected are: musicians Bruce Tovsky, Suzanne Thorpe and Carrie Dashow; visual artist creating site specific installations, Heather Dewey Hagbourg; and water based artworks by Natalie Jerimijenko, Uke Jackson, Kevin Vertrees and others.
The Delaware River, the watershed for 17 million Americans, was recently named the most endangered river in the U.S.