Betsy Damon Director of Keepers of the Waters Keepers of the Waters - Projects and Works
Eco Art Treasure Coast-South Florida Environmental Project
With Martin County Arts in collaboration with the Florida Oceanographic Society,
Audubon Society and departments of water management.
Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist
Keepers project "Resources: Saving Living Systems".
West Palm Beach, California
Lectures, workshops for restoration collaboration in the Everglades.
Ballona Network, Los Angeles, California
Workshop for citizen activism for the Ballona creek.
Strawberry Creek, Berkeley, California
Funding of the Friends of Strawberry Creek.
2002 - present
Chengdu Urban River Association, Sichuan, China
Consultant to CURA, an organization to preserve watershed of Chengdu China.
Lectures, training sessions, mentor ships and fundraising.
2001 - 2003
Beijing Bureau of Hydraulic Research & Engineering, Beijing, China
Taught ecological design and sustainable water systems to departments in the Planning Bureau.
Wrote the city guidelines for sustainable water systems and stream bank restoration.
Led workshops for eco-activists and teacher training.
1999 - present
Living Water System, Bay Front Park, Duluth, Minnesota
Assisted Jill Jacoby to initiate system to process run off on Lake Superior.
1999 - present
Urban Water Works to Protect Willamette River, Portland, Oregon
Community meetings, lecture, workshop with city departments. Project to process non-point pollution through parks.
Successful pilot project at the DaVinci School, spawned funding for schools to recycle their run-off.
The Green SOS Handbook, Sichuan, China
Funded activist handbook, developed by the graduate students in Environmental Studies at Sichuan University,
Green SOS. www.greensos.org
Public Art Concerning Water, Lhasa, Tibet
From an invitation from Tibetan artists, organizing and development.
Installations/Events on Fu and Nan Rivers Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Gathered 25 artists to create first such public events in China.
Many artists continued with other public events about water in Chinese cities.
Watershed Map, Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
A community project to celebrate the park’s water and history. Worked with artist and educator, Chris Baeumler.
Project Development Workshop, Duluth, Minnesota
Developed art works addressing local water issues. In collaboration with the Pollution Control Agency
and the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
1993 - 2003
Teaching Eco-Activist Art, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
Focused students and the community on the Edwards Aquifer and the San Antonio River.
The citizens action group that formed succeeded in creating the largest aquifer preservation park in the USA.
Damon lead a four-day charrette to design the human interaction inside the park.
1991 - 2004
Citizens Rights and Responsibilities, University of Minnesota
Project on water in collaboration with Hubert Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs,
Minnesota Extension Service and Water Resource Research Center. Completed 1992, pilot program in Anoka, MN.
Artist: List of Works and Exhibitions
Water Rules – Life, Mattress Factory, Pittsburg PA.
Installation exhibition and concurrent community projects.
2011 – current
Eco-Structures, Sierra Nevada, CA.
Test site for reforestation/ watershed management project with Harrison studios and Santa Cruz University CA.
2009 – 2011
Water Revealed, Chinook Bend National Park, Carnation, WA.
A public, permanent installation, granite carving and fountain.
Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, MN. (Group show)
Living Water Garden
Chengdu Municipal Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai, China. A demonstration exhibit.
Water, Source & Resource ArtStreet Studio D Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
2006 – 2007
Spirals of Life
The Hope and Healing Center, Memphis, TN. Private commission.
Tong Zhou District Ecological Design Plan, Director, Beijing, China.
Model ecological park, in collaboration Ron Henderson of L+A Landscape Architecture.
2002 - 2004
Sounds of Water, Turtle Bay Arboretum, Redding, CA.
A permanent installation water feature.