Reservoir Studio’s Carpenter is Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), and Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, will combine art, science and social practice to demonstrate how to enhance practices and possibilities for sustainability through socially engaged art and education.

During the fall term, Carpenter will provide new perspectives on issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis  through a series of seminars, performances and workshops. The series, entitled Intentional Public Disruptions: Art, Responsibility and Pedagogy, will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the MIT community to work with Carpenter and learn about his work and approach to socially engaged art and education.

Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

B. Stephen Carpenter II



Big Ten Network Features Carpenter’s Unique Underground Approach to Water Filtration and Art Education

“For us, art education is about social engagement. The light bulb goes off and they [students] say I might be able to respond in a really simple way that might have a large impact.”

Read the full School of Visual Arts press release here.

PWAG and Reservoir Studio Workshop at New Castle High School

On Friday November 11, 2016, members of Potters Water Action Group and Reservoir Studio visited New Castle High School  (New Castle, PA) to conduct a water filter presentation and demonstration. Art teacher Raquel Flora and PWAG member/art teacher Cynthia Blackwell coordinated the event.

img_0415The presentation took place in the auditorium supported by slides and a display which included a water filter, ceramic receptacle, books, and a portable water filter press. The water filter production demonstration took place in the art room after the presentation. The art room was filled to capacity. We produced a water filter from scratch with cooperation from students.


PWAG and Reservoir Studio appreciate the administration, teachers, and students at New Castle High School. We extend special thanks to Ms. Flora for her hard work organizing and coordinating the visit. We are proud to include this wonderful school as a K12 Curriculum Partner in “the war against waterborne disease,” our water filter curriculum project and the African Diaspora Water Crisis Curriculum Project.