Water Wednesday Virtual Film Festival
The Wright, in partnership with the Sierra Club, EcoWorks, Northwest Gallery of Art, Land and Water WORKS, and Detroit Future City’s Land and Water program presents the Water Wednesday Virtual Film Festival!
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At The Wright we are proud to be a platform for the stories of our global community. Free and open to the public, this online event encourages participants to continue conversations about water accessibility, conservation, and climate change, with an emphasis on green stormwater infrastructure. Don't miss out, because water conservation prizes will be given away!
Thank you to Land and Water WORKS and The Erb Family Foundation for sponsoring this film festival.
Three films were selected to tell multi-faceted stories about communities focusing on change and solving their own water problems:
Water & the Human Spirit (27:28 min) - Password protected: 6hWH20
Green Infrastructure Improves Communities (4:08 min)
Green Infrastructure in Detroit (3:11 min)
We want to translate engagement with these films into action by allowing audiences to participate in live discussions with our panelists on Wednesday, October 14th, 6 - 7:30 pm EST.
In her 20-year career as a photographer, Asia has cultivated a talent for capturing moments the way they are -- those rare, raw and precious glimpses of life that exist in between poses and pretense. She specializes in portraits, landscapes, abstract texture, nudes, and is drawn to existing, untouched composition, which she says, is a reflection of her own authenticity.
It was this strong sense of self that helped change her mind from working at her father’s beauty salon to pursuing photography. The first time she got behind the camera, she understood it was her primary way to examine and really experience the world.
Graduating from Columbia College with a bachelor of arts in fine art photography, Asia’s work has taken her around the country and the globe. She has photographed countless celebrities, worked as a freelance photojournalist, and have produced special projects for major corporations, including Ford Motor Co, Toyota, Instyle Magazine, and more.
In 2018 Asia founded Norwest Gallery of Art a community based contemporary art gallery that focuses on art from the African Diaspor. As Founder and director Asia Hamilton chose to locate the Norwest Gallery of Art in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit because the community had been overlooked in the recent revitalization efforts that focused primarily on the downtown and midtown region. Asia also lives and grew up in the neighborhood where the Gallery is, and so understands as a resident as well as a business owner the importance of having a viable, vibrant, walkable business community to advance the people. The Gallery has turned the neighborhood into an international hub for contemporary art with plans to expand its efforts as a staple for creative arts and culture in the community. Asia is the founder, director, and chief curator of Norwest Gallery of Art on Detroit's Northwest side. She curates exhibitions that allow herself and other black artists to professionally exhibit their work.
Asia is also the owner of Photo Sensei photography tours and workshops, has participated in many community arts projects, and is a 2018 Knight Arts Challenge winner.
Deanne Austin is a proud native Detroiter committed to social justice and quality education for all. As a community organizer, her transit reform reiterates the notion that transportation justice is a civil right. Her advocacy has been featured in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and The New York Times.
Austin is also a fighter for food insecurity, urban safety, bike share, land and water sustainability. As a second-year ambassador for Detroit Future City’s Land and Water program, she stresses the importance of green stormwater infrastructure to her fellow residents. Austin believes that stronger neighborhoods is dependent on strong homes and schools. Combating environmental racism and promoting sustainability are just two of her passion projects. Austin has spent her summer promoting census participation and is encouraging people of all ages to VOTE.
Deanne graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in journalism and a masters in social justice from Marygrove College. She is currently an educator with Detroit Public Schools Community District and when not in school she enjoys bike riding around the city.
Erma Leaphart worked for close to seven years in the Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program, sharing information about green infrastructure via rain barrel sales and rain garden installations throughout the city. She also worked through the Detroit City Council’s Green Task Force – Water Subcommittee, and has been involved with storm water management policy advocacy with a specific focus on Green Infrastructure.
She is now actively involved with the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. The coalition has 160 member organizations that focus on Great Lakes restoration and protection, water infrastructure, strong clean water standards that will protect our natural resources, prevent the spread of invasive species and address the proliferation of toxic algae blooms.
Gibran Washington is the Program Manager for the Eco-D department with the non-profit, EcoWorks, that works to cultivate an equitable approach to securing affordable, healthy, resilient homes and neighborhoods. This work incorporates efficiency upgrades & repairs, in-home energy & water saving assessments and education, sustainability-focused case and train the trainer sessions, and hands-on Energy & Water Smart workshops with DIY supplies to install. Gibran is an alumnus of Wayne State University and holds an M.S. in Geology with specialization in Geochemistry and with a cultivated interest in urban sustainable equitable solutions that address energy, water, food, and healthy homes for residents Previous work experiences as NSF GK-12 Fellow at WSU, Student Conversation Association Crew Leader and AmeriCorps Green School Coordinator have informed some of the ideas regarding innovative K-12 learning and STEM science engagement with youth. Some of his extracurricular activities of interest include gardening, DIY tinkering, music from various genres, energy technology, hiking, and traveling.