In a workshop hosted by EnterState artist Alex Arzt, participants will connect place through materials by making soap using Anacostia river water, lard, beeswax, collected trash, soil, and foraged plant material. While making soap using the hot process method in the WPA gallery, the group will learn about issues pertaining to urban river systems and what we can do in everyday life to improve the health of the watershed. 

Each participant will come away from the workshop with their own river soap and instructions and recipes for making soap on their own at home. 

Goals for workshop:

  • Connect place to material through the act of making hot process soap out of elements of environment.
  • Explore environmental issues surrounding urban rivers. Propose solutions and things people can do in their everyday life to improve health of river systems
  • Discuss local rivers in context of the greater Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

This project and Washington Project For the Arts Inc. are supported by the City Fund, which works to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. The City Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001




Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2pm

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