Mariposa Coffee Roastery and the Norman Arts Council are partnering for Transformation: Coffee+Water+Art, an art and music-filled weekend aimed at raising funds for Campaign: Rwanda.
Weekend activities include an exhibit, documentary film screening, children’s arts and crafts and live music.
The weekend kicks off with an opening reception at the MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Food will be provided by LOCAL and drinks will be available. The gallery will showcase works by artists: Esther Havens, Hailey Helmerich, Skip Hill, Tim Krauss, Roshni Robert, Samantha Lamb, Charlsey Studdard, Amyie Kao, Jenny Hartsell, Tim Elliot and Felix Blesch. The exhibition will run through Saturday, March 22.
On Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., the gallery will screen the short-documentary, This is Normal. The film follows the stories of those affected by the water crisis in Zambia and illustrates how their lives are changed with the addition of water wells. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Documentary Director Derek Watson will be on hand after each showing for a question and answer session. In between showings, popcorn and live music will be provided.
Saturday, March 22 marks the World Water Day Celebration. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Firehouse Art Center and Scissortail School of Art will provide kid-friendly art activities in recognition of the United Nations World Water Day. Water4 (a water non-profit in OKC) will set up an example of one of the wells, which uses sustainable tools to drill and demonstration, live music will also be provided.
Saturday, March 22 features a Benefit Concert from 7 to 11 p.m.
This concert will close out this exhibit with live music from Zach Winters, Momok, Sarah Reid, Fan Club, and Sardashhh. There will be a $5 cover and beverages will be provided.
Campaign: Rwanda is a partnership between Mariposa Coffee Roastery, Scissortail Media and Water4. The group hopes to raise awareness of the water crisis in Rwanda that affects, not only the drinking water, but also the water coffee laborers drink while working. The campaign was created as an effort to educate and inform the coffee industry, as well as a call to action to help build wells to provide clean water.
“We decided to focus on water and water quality because it is an integral component to the brewing, processing and growing of coffee,” said Amyie Kao, co-founder and co-owner of Mariposa Coffee Roastery. “We know that others in the coffee industry care about their own water quality for brewing purposes and could connect with needs of the people that labor to harvest and bring them excellent coffees.”
Mariposa Coffee Roastery has partnered with many nonprofits and charities since they opened in 2009, donating to causes such as disaster relief, development projects, people with disabilities and anti-human trafficking initiatives.
This event is part of the MAINSITE lite series.