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The Science of Water Art project is a collaborative research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, examining the role that water plays in each of our lives. Specifically, the project provides insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.
The research is part of the larger Global Ethnohydrology Study, which was launched in 2007 and looks at the role of water, climate change and health in several communities worldwide.
Summary of Study
The study was conceptualized in partnership with Salt River Project and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency by the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's associate professor Amber Wutich and professor and director Alexandra Brewis Slade.
In a sample of fourth-grade classes across Arizona, teachers prompted 9–11 year olds to draw two pictures with the instructions:
The more than 3,000 pieces of artwork were then coded by more than 50 Arizona State University undergraduate students majoring in global health and anthropology, as part of a Community Partnerships class. Coding involved developing nine unique themes found in the drawings and analyzing every drawing for each theme below:
Summary of Findings
Please click on the thumbnails below to view two posters created and presented by honors student Holly Vins.
Gender Differences in Perceptions of Water in Arizona: Insights from the Science of Water Art Project
The Science of Water Art: A Citizen Science Project
Please click on the arrow below to view a sampling of artwork from participating fourth graders and some basic findings.
Participating K-12 Teachers and Schools: