AND WATER BECAME ART
and water became art
Water. It is essential to life, water to drink, to clean, to play. It won't come as a surprise to you that water is so essential for our existence, it is even important for the arts. Water is a source of inspiration.
For us, water is taken for granted. Clean drinking water is always within reach. Nevertheless, this is - as we all know but sometimes tend to forget " not the case for everyone. Large parts of our world survive with insufficient drinking water. Children can't go to school because they have to walk for hours so as to fetch the daily supply of water. Crops can't grow because there simply is no water - famine, poverty, despair
For UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education the water problem has the highest priority and this problem is tackled at the source. UNESCO-IHE has adopted the premise that by training students from over the whole world to become water managers it is possible to eliminate our global water problems " from lack of water to misuse of water.
Lucien den Arend is Cultural Ambassador of the project '... and water became art' in which a group of international artists focus the attention on water. We believe that solving the world's water problems is the first step to a fairer and better world. But of course this works only if we collectively back this project.
The Cultural Ambassador program for the UNESCO-IHE Fellowship Trust Fund builds a pact between Culture and Science where the objective of raising funds is supported by big cultural entities that are aware of their importance, their responsibility, and their ability to send a powerful signal to a broader public.
UNESCO-IHE cultural ambassadors' promote and support the UNESCO-IHE Fellowship Trust Fund in a number of ways. Apart from organizing or participating in benefit performances, UNESCO-IHE cultural ambassadors may serve as cultural resource persons for discussions and presentations at symposia and congress events, serve as hosts for presentations, dinners and similar type of activities, provide information to visitors to their performances and to participants to master classes, exhibitions, programs and festivals.
UNESCO-IHE considers the cultural world as its natural partner, as science, education and culture are united in UNESCO. UNESCO-IHE feels privileged to present the following cultural ambassadors :