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Chesapeake Collective is a creative platform for diverse voices to express their vision for a healthy bay watershed

Chesapeake Collective is an intention, a space, and a platform, at the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum and beyond, for diverse voices and narratives to be shared, seen, heard, and incorporated into the broader conversation about our common vision for a healthy, flourishing, and resilient bay watershed through creative means.

The Collective recognizes and celebrates our watershed-wide diversity as a source of strength and the foundation for the type of social movement it will take to meet our collective bay restoration goals. We hope that you will take the time to listen, watch, and be open to the many realities that make our watershed whole, as well as lend your voice to the conversation.

Multiple voices and stories make our watershed whole, yet only a few dominate the vision for a healthy, flourishing, and resilient Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Join us to change that!

Chesapeake Watershed Forum 2014

Community Art Projects (At Forum ’15, ’16, ’17, & ’18)

  • Express yourself in community art mosaics that examine what connects us to the bay, its ‘citizens’, and watershed wide environmental health.

Word Cloud

  • Generated from the entire text of the Bay Program Agreement to highlight the words and content that most often appears in the document.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum 2015

Demographic Survey

  • Take an anonymous survey to contribute to our understanding of who attended the conference.

Privilege Walk (repeated at Forums ’17 & ’18)

  • Reflect on personal, community, and societal privilege, and the role it plays in our collaborative work.

Video Viewing Station

  • View stories from our shared watershed (from Anacostia Unplugged).

Dinner Conversations

  • Join the conversation! Grab a conversation starter from your dining table and start a conversation with someone new.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum 2016

Water We Doing? 

  • Explore the series of questions scattered throughout the Forum that invite you to think deeper about what we can achieve together and your own participation.

Internship and Job Board

  • Make the most of this opportunity to post open internship and job positions and to find them.

Mapping Our Forum Voices

  • Participate in the mapping of our Forum community by visually showcasing who is present at this year’s Forum, we also recognize and reflect on who is not.

Earth Charter 

  • Join a global movement to achieve peace, justice, and sustainability.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum 2017

Brown People Camping

  • Experience digital storytelling to promote diversity and empowerment in the outdoors. This photo exhibit represents range of issues from privilege and diversity to empowerment.

Climate Ribbon Project (also at the Taste of the Chesapeake 2017 and Festival Del Rio 2017)

  • Affirm your solidarity in the fight against climate chaos by adding your voice to this international arts ritual.

Faces of the Watershed

  • Browse and ponder through these Bay faces in this visual display. You may see new faces, recognize old, ones or learn of their deep connections to the Bay.

Forest Bathing (repeated at Forum ’18)

  • Engage in a practice created to help boost immunity and mood while reducing stress. Slow down and immerse yourself in the natural environment.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum 2018

One Chesapeake

  • See the perspective so of people living all across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and dive deeper into what the Chesapeake Bay means to you by adding your story to the conversation with the hashtag #onechesapeake.

Be the Light (also brought to the Festival Del Rio 2018)

  • Cultivate a mindset of inspiration and thoughtfulness by adding your note to our “Be the Light” arch by answering our question ,“How will you be a supportive light for the environment?”.

Cognitive Mapping

  • Experience how cognitive mapping can help us reconnect with our personal roles in Bay restoration. Cognitive mapping is a non-traditional exercise used to identify one’s own personal priorities and goals tied to a specific place.

Unity Project

  • Raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and how those labels support and limit   interconnected communities. Participants will end up seeing an interconnected web of people.

*For a full list of past projects please contact Erin O’Grady eogrady@allianceforthebay.org*

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Erin O’Grady RiverSmart Homes Program Coordinator, Maryland & DC Office

Erin is based in the MD/DC Office as the RiverSmart Homes Program Coordinator. She manages the Rain Barrel program which helps DC community members reduce their stormwater runoff by installing rain barrels on their property.

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