A Thousand Flags, A Thousand Wishes for Rivers: The Kinship of Rivers Project opens Monday, October 29 at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. The exhibition will include various components, from poetry to art, along with installations of river flags and flag making, in which people from the community are encouraged to participate.
Kinship of Rivers is a five-year international river project that uses collective art, poetry, stories, music, dance and food to create a sense of kinship among the people and communities along both the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers. Throughout 2011 and 2012, poet, writer and artist Wang Ping has led a group of artists and volunteers to visit river communities of the Mississippi and its tributaries making over 1000 flags with poetry, stories, wishes and art, including prints of local plants at each locale. These flags, made by 1000 people from the communities visited, are presented as peace ambassadors, gathering people from different walks of life together in joy, creativity, and imagination. In 2013, the flags will travel to the Yangtze River where additional flags will be made as the project travel the Yangtze. The project hopes to bring together the communities of two of the mightiest rivers on earth to spread wishes for clean water, land and air, and a peaceful world.
The Yangtze and Mississippi Rivers share many things in common as the world’s third and fourth greatest rivers. Both rivers are rich with history and culture, inspiring poets, writers, artists and musicians for centuries. As the two rivers flow across continents, giving and taking on their way to the sea, they demonstrate that we are all connected.
During the exhibition, visitors to the KHN Center are invited to make their own flags that will become a part of this ongoing project.
A closing reception for the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, December 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibition closes that day.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City and is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Appointments at other times are encouraged: please call ahead. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public. For more information, call 402-874-9600 or visit www.khncenterforthearts.org. More information about the Kinship of Rivers Project is available at www.kinshipofrivers.org.