Dear friend of FLOW,

As days in the Great Lakes Basin grow shorter and temperatures drop, we pause to express the deep gratitude we feel for all those who join FLOW in working to keep the Great Lakes public and protected for all

In this season of thanks, I am so very grateful for the volunteers, partners, champions, and supporters who help us to ensure that clean, safe, and affordable water flows for all. Thank you for your helping hands and your hopeful hearts.

For many, a season of giving begins at this time of year as well, and in the spirit of joyful offering, I’d like to share some gifts with you: the inspiring creativity of artists who, like you, love the waters of the Great Lakes and work to protect them.

Writer Anne-Marie Oomen is one of those artists, and she recently looked back at the inception of the FLOW initiative that we call Art Meets Water. Water inspires art, and that art—in the form of poetry, music, paintings, dance, letters, film—drives us to protect the Great Lakes. (Click on the photo to watch the video.)

The lakes, the rivers, and the groundwater inspire artists of every background. The water is what brings us together. I hope you will enjoy some “together time” with friends and family this season, bringing a chance to share or revisit these gifts of inspiration, created for love of water. Check out the menu below of artistic morsels that fill our hearts! 

Giving thanks,

Liz Kirkwood, FLOW Executive Director

P.S. Please join us on Wednesday, December 8, at 6 pm EST, for a conversation with author Dave Dempsey introducing his just-updated edition of Great Lakes for Sale. Click here to register.

On the Menu: Artistic Morsels that Fill Our Hearts

Presented in partnership with the National Writers Series on Aug. 10, 2021, FLOW Board of Directors member and author Matthew L. M. Fletcher interviews Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass in this video recording.


The Accidental Reef, video recording on Aug. 25, 2021, of the conversation exploring the creative collaboration of author Lynne Heasley and visual artist Glenn Wolff, on display in a new book release.


In Praise of Water, video recording on Aug. 14, 2019, of a solo cello and spoken-word performance by Crispin Campbell and Michael Delp.


A Fine Canopy, video recording on Jan. 18, 2021, of author Dave Dempsey in conversation with award-winning poet Alison Swan.


Words for Water Poetry Throw-Down, video recording on July 31, 2020, of an open-air event collaboratively hosted by FLOW and the Glen Arbor Art Center.


The Best Part of Us, video recording on Sept. 27, 2020, of author Sally Cole-Misch in conversation with fellow author Dave Dempsey about her new novel set in the upper Great Lakes.


I Am Groundwater
, short film with artwork by Glenn Wolff, narrated by Anne-Marie Oomen.


Art Speaks Water: Love Letters to the Lakes, a manuscript collection of heartfelt poetry and prose from nearly 100 writers fiercely in love with Great Lakes water.


But wait, there’s more!

Join FLOW on Weds., Dec. 8, at 6:00 p.m. ET for a conversation with author Dave Dempsey on his newly updated book, Great Lakes for Sale. Sally Cole-Misch, author of The Best Part of Us, and longtime communicator for the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office, will facilitate the conversation with Dave.

"A call to action for every Great Lakes resident to recognize the lakes as our most immense gift from nature, something to be cared for as if our lives depended on them—because they do," Cole-Misch said about Great Lakes for Sale. "This is a must-read for every resident of the Great Lakes region." Click here to register.

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