Artworks to host informational meeting for Third Coast Conversations events

Residents are invited to attend an informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to learn more about “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan.” This is a public conversation series focused on the state’s water which is scheduled to take place in February at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Residents of the Big Rapids area are invited to participate in conversations focused on one of Michigan’s most valuable resources — water.

“Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan” is a series of public discussions focused on the state’s water, supported by grants through Michigan Humanities Council.

While this series will take place throughout the state, locally, the conversations are scheduled for noon on Feb. 6 and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

People interested in being involved with the conversations can attend an informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible said the meeting will cover topics such as what the conversation series will address and the overall goals of the project, among others.

“I think the people who come will want to be involved in a process that’s about building community. We want to inspire people,” Scheible said.

She explained the conversations themselves aim to engage the community in a discussion about promoting and taking care of the Muskegon River, as it plays a large role in many aspects of life in the area.

This will include historic uses, current condition and the future vision for tourism and maintaining the quality of the river.

“Our whole area is impacted by this watershed. If we take that for granted, we may really regret it in the future,” Scheible said. “This is an opportunity to come together and take responsibility.”

This series is possible due to Artworks being selected as one of 18 communities to receive a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to be part of supporting this public-engagement project.

For more information about the preliminary meeting or the conversation series, call Scheible at Artworks at (231) 796-2420.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the city/county reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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