The TAMU Water Project is dedicated to the production, distribution, and research of affordable, appropriate technology point of use ceramic water filters for residents in the Texas Colonias and other rural communities locally and worldwide, and the interdisciplinary engagement of creative public pedagogy informed by social, cultural, political, and health issues related to inadequate access to potable water. Currently, the TAMU Water Project is working to establish water filter production facilities in College Station and Laredo/Webb County, Texas.

TAMU Water Project: A Photo Slideshow About Potters, Engineers, Housing Experts, and Medical Staff Working Together for Clean Water [created by Michelle Badash, Managing Editor of an academic international nutrition journal, and a freelance consultant specializing in global health and photography projects: michelle@mbadash.com]

The point of use ceramic water filter as told by Manny Hernandez, Northern Illinois University

An Incomplete History of the Project

The TAMU Water Project / TAMU Proyecto de Agua was originally conceived to link visual art with public and community service; engage students in the creation of socially-responsible ceramic artworks; invite education students to contribute to the research and desgn of interdisciplinary K-12 curriculum documents; and support the shared interests and social responsibilities central to the Culture and Curriculum Concentration area in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture and the Colonias Program in the Center for Housing and Urban Development at Texas A&M University. The project has since expanded to include the support and efforts of educators, artists, and social activists across the U.S. and around the world

In Fall 2006, ceramicists and social change agents Richard Wukich (Slippery Rock University) and Manny Hernandez (Northern Illinois University) visited TAMU, conducted 2 public talks and demonstrations and met with students and faculty to discuss their work (with Potters for Peace and as independent agents) and the role artists can play in addressing the potable water crisis in the world. Wukich and Hernandez have visited Texas A&M University several times, supported by grants from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and the Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center. The video above features Manny Hernandez talking about the ceramic water filter technology and process. The video is just under six minutes.

Project consultant Richard Wukich curated a traveling exhibition of ceramic water filter receptacles created by ceramic artists. The exhibition was on display at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries on the campus of Texas A&M University in Fall 2007. To listen to an interview on KAMU radio featuring Steve Carpenter and Catherine Hastedt (Stark Galleries Director) click here and listen to the September 6, 2007 archived show. The traveling exhibition was initiated to bring attention to the ceramic water filters and to the lack of potable water for people around the world.

This blog is a companion to the TAMU Water Project/ Proyecto de Agua website. This blog is intended to support and extend the website dedicated to the TAMU Water Project / TAMU Proyecto de Agua. The main focus of this blog is to post important educational, environmental, artistic, political, and research project links and information related to but not directly connected with the TAMU Water Project. In addition, the blog offers readers an opportunity to respond directly to the project and make contributions to the blog.