FLOW Family Day

Connect with art, science and nature during an afternoon of activities related to the IMA exhibition FLOW (Can You See the River?). Through her exhibition, artist Mary Miss directs Indianapolis’ attention to the importance of our waterways. Enjoy fun and interactive experiences that encourage families to respond to natural environments within 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.

  • Board the BioBus, a mobile microscope lab, and discover the organisms found in nearby water systems.
  • Follow the Susurrus Dance Company through the Park to see how the movement and sound of water inspires their choreography. The dancers will perform at 1 pm, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 pm near the Jeppe Hein benches between the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion and Stratum Pier.
  • Create uniquely designed paper using an ancient paper marbling technique.
  • Make streams of humungous flowing bubbles in the meadow.
  • Make a keepsake while going through the stations of the water cycle with the Upper White River Watershed Alliance.
  • Explore the Indianapolis Zoo’s Conservation Station to learn ways to protect animals and the environment.
  • From 4-5 pm, find your flow through a series of yoga poses inspired by the lake and hear local poets read poetry written in reflection of water. Meet near Kendall Buster's Stratum Pier.
  • Check out a US Geological Survey (USGS) water mapping demonstration**
  • Purchase snacks and drinks in the Park provided by Nourish Café.
  • Learn how local organizations are working to address climate issues – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit, Sierra Club-Hoosier Chapter, Earth Charter Indiana, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Climate and Sustainability Action

**The USGS will demonstrate high-tech equipment that uses underwater sound to map the speed, direction, volume of flow, and depth in rivers, streams, and other water courses. An instrument called an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) will be used – the ADCP is mounted on a manned boat, a remote-controlled boat, or an unmanned tethered boat that is pulled across the channel usually from a bridge. As the boat moves across the water, the ADCP measures water speed and direction, flow, and depths. A USGS hydrographer views and collects the data on a laptop computer. The USGS makes thousands of stream and river flow measurements per year with this technology; these data are used for many purposes including flood warnings and forecasts, power plant operation, bridge design, recreational boating and fishing, and ecological studies. This technology can also be used to create 2D or 3D depth images of streams, rivers, and lakes – such images were created by the USGS for the White River and the lake at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park and as part of the FLOW project

This event is part of FLOW: Can You See the River? - a visionary art project conceived by visual artist Mary Miss, commissioned by the IMA, with the FLOW: White River Festival facilitated by EcoArts Connections and more than 20 leading arts, science, environment, and municipal organizations and agencies, including IMA. FLOW includes art installations located throughout Indianapolis, a Raindrop mobile app, and the Festival, which takes place September 22–October 1. More at www.flowcanyouseetheriver.org or on Twitter at #FlowIndy.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN