Examples from WEFTEC's Opening Session... all reinforcing their theme of community (and water)!
The backdrop was a pretty aqua blue and had circles that reminded me of water bubbles, so it set the stage (literally!) for water to be at the core of their program.
The local artist who introduced the first performer shared his story of where he's from and how water impacted him/his community.
The first performer did a dramatic reading related to the Wizard of Oz (which is largely a story about finding your way home with the help of your friends), with the support of a band who... get this... played an instrument that used water (it was like big shells in bowls of water that they tapped like drums)!
Then, the organization's president came up and shared her story (which reinforced what I'm guessing was their secondary theme, re: DEI) about her experience coming up in the water community being different from others.
A local government official from the water industry shared her experience in water and how her job is, literally, to support the community's water needs (again, from a DEI perspective, she highlighted the ways she persevered in that journey).
Next, there were four short presentations (about five minutes each) where water professionals from around the world - Ireland, Belize/Atlanta, Charleston, and Cicero - shared where they're from and why they care about water (often highlighting a cool water-related initiative they're working on)
Finally, the program finished up with more music. The original performer (and the artist who introduced him) sang a song where "water" was one of the main words - he started by telling a story about the community that sang this song (and songs like it) to provide "cover" for their message and he ended with a call and response of everyone singing "neighbor" to each other to remind us we're all connected... by water, of course!
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