Luther performance featured at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames March 23

'Body of Water' at 'Art of Water 2016'

Showing how small actions by individuals can accumulate into a powerful force to benefit all, students from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, will present "Body of Water," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames as part of the "Art of Water 2016" event.

"Body of Water," a project conceptualized by Luther Professors Jodi Enos-Berlage, biology, and Jane Hawley, dance, uses video, music and dance to tell the intimate story of water usage and quality.

"Science and the arts are intentionally interwoven to more powerfully inform, connect and inspire human bodies of water to cherish and protect this sacred resource and elixir of life," said Enos-Berlage.

First presented in Decorah in 2015 to several sold-out shows, this production has been described as "informational," "emotional," and "spiritual," as well as "a wonderful example of the power of liberal arts." The innovative approach comes at a time when water challenges are receiving local, state and national attention.

The audience is invited to stay for a dialogue following the performance.

"Art of Water 2016," an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Water Conference in its current format, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The "Art of Water" event begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-performance gallery session featuring students from the Ames High School Bluestem Institute. Their photo-mosaic posters define water quality terms from a technical, social and cultural perspective. Students will be on hand to talk about their posters, their process and the lessons they've learned.

The Bluestem Institute is a service-learning cohort of seniors at Ames High School where students can earn credits in English, environmental science, government and sociology through hands-on, project-based learning experiences and formal classroom studies. Their capstone project for the 2015-16 academic year is focused on water quality.

For more information, visit the Art of Water webpage and read the blog post written by Enos-Berlage about the journey of "Body of Water." The community is encouraged to RSVP to the Art of Water Facebook event.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: