Because water is an increasingly contested resource, our third programmatic theme brought together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to expand and revise our knowledge of Water Rights.
New Mexico is particularly rich in its relationship to water—a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource. To broaden the conversation, we asked our residents and community partners to consider these questions:

Guiding Questions

  • How do we describe and define the contested space around water?
  • If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity to our water systems?
  • How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?