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We Are Water / Somos Agua

August 1, 2018  |  Topics: Events

By Kirsten Shead




This Sunday, August 5th, Milwaukeeans will gather along the Lake Michigan shoreline for our 5th Annual “We Are Water” Celebration. An evening of art, music, and inspiration on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, We Are Water is a public event hosted by Milwaukee Water Commons. All are welcomed to participate in this illuminating evening celebrating our shared waters and our shared humanity with music, poetry and light. A multicultural gathering, We Are Water brings people together from all parts of the city, using the arts as another way to engage with water and each other. In 2017, we gathered on the north end of Bradford Beach, with 300+ Milwaukeeans from every part of the city.

TRUE Skool performing at We Are Water 2016.

This year, the festivities will take place at beautiful South Shore Park from 6:30-9 PM. Drumming, poetry and spoken word will be interspersed with updates on the state of our shared waters and community efforts to steward them, especially highlighting South Shore Beach and the Kinnickinnic River. At sundown, participants are invited to help illuminate a large interactive art installation in the sand.


We Are Water is more than just a beautiful celebration – it’s a declaration of what it means to be a true model water city. We come together to reflect, to support one another and to honor our shared water. Oh, and it’s a great celebration too! Won’t you join us?


The event is FREE and open to people of all ages. Biking or walking to this event is encouraged. Please plan to walk and sit on sand. A limited number of large beach mats will be available for seating on the beach or bring a blanket or chair. Restrooms will be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at South Shore Terrace Beer Garden.


More information can be found on the Milwaukee Water Commons website and Facebook event.




Kirsten Shead is the Co-executive Director of Milwaukee Water Commons.


Photos by Eddee Daniel, Preserve Our Parks board member and project director of A Wealth of Nature.