We are this river | Basia Irland | TEDxVail

“We are all connected. We are not separate from the waters of the world.”

A Fulbright Scholar, author, sculptor, artist and water advocate who creates international water projects to foster a dialogue with communities that connects them with local rivers and watersheds to understand We are this River.


Fulbright Scholar Basia Irland is an author, poet, sculptor, installation artist, and activist who creates international water projects featured in her book, Water Library. She is Professor Emerita, Art and Art History, University of New Mexico, where she established the Arts and Ecology Program. Irland works with scholars from diverse disciplines building rainwater harvesting systems; connecting communities and fostering dialogue along the entire length of rivers; filming and producing water documentaries; and creating waterborne disease projects around the world. She is deeply passionate about connecting people directly with their local rivers and watersheds. She examines how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element.


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