There are really only four “P’s” that you should ever flush down the toilet. (Think about it.) Artist Marita Dingus is helping students, primarily in kindergarten through 3rd grade classes, to mind their P’s through a series of hands-on art-making workshops. Students make tiny toilets (some feature “people sitting on them” as one excited first-grader explained to me) constructed from re-purposed materials that are typically excluded from curb-side recycling programs. The art activity guides a conversation with our youngest citizens about what you should and definitely should not flush. In mid-July Marita participated in Brightwater Center’s Summer Day Camp Programs with IslandWood. This spring, the artist worked with students in elementary schools throughout King County. The resulting artwork is on display at several locations including:
- Moorlands Elementary School, Kenmore on display at the Northshore Utility District Office in Kenmore through early September
- Woodin Elementary School, Bothell on display at Kingsgate Library in Kirkland until August 1 (along with some of the creations from Moorland)
- Daniel Elementary School, Kent on display at the Kent Library until early September
- Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Seattle on display at the Rainier Beach Branch Library until September 7
Marita’s school collaborations are part of Brightwater’s on-going public art programing, produced by 4Culture in partnership with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. As part of the Conveyance Project, Marita and five other county-based artists are producing temporary artworks designed to inspire and engage the broader community in a conversation about water quality in our region, environmental stewardship and the extent of the Brightwater system.