Shop One Artist/ Educator In Residence

Engaging and empowering water stewards


The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (District) is a leader in water stewardship, returning water safely to the environment and recovering resources like nutrients to help crops grow and methane to generate power. The District embraces a vision of enriching life through clean water and resource recovery and our mission of protecting public health and the environment, and has done so for nearly 100 years by operating the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Shop One is a physical building at the wastewater treatment plant with a rich history of adaptation, changing as the Sewerage District’s needs have evolved. The call for this building’s next evolution is to repurposed into a flexible, community-oriented space to help the District tell our story, remember history, connect with the community, and look to the future. This artist/educator residency is the first in a series of Catalytic Projects to do this. In addition to being a physical space, it is also an opportunity to open the wastewater treatment plant beyond its fence and normal business hours; to teach through interactions, to provide hands-on opportunities and experiences; engage in conversations that challenge social norms and conventional thinking as well as collaborate and test new approaches to convey the One Water message. 

The Artist/Educator in Residence is a catalyst to activating the space and engaging and empowering water stewards.

2022 Resident Artist

nipinet landsem

Bringing multifaceted experience as both an artist and activist around water issues, nipinet will be kickstarting a ‘onewater’ social media presence, and coordinating a series of events throughout 2022. 

This residency seeks to engage community. It will culminate in a printed piece that synthesizes the many different conversations about water throughout the year. 

Call for Artist/Educator(s)

2023 Residency

Deadline for applications has now closed. The resident artist/educator for 2023 will be announced in Early January. This program is expected to be recurring annually, if you would like to view the 2023 call, or stay in touch for the 2024 call, please contact us.  

Call for Artist/Educator(s)

Community Panelists

Now seeking qualified community artists to provide consultation services as part of the catalytic projects artist selection processes. This paid, (10-20 hour) commitment is for experienced, community-based artist and cultural practitioners to help select and craft district-arts partnerships such as for the Artist/Educator Residency Program. Full details (Request for Qualifications) is at: (MADSEWER LINK)

One Water

Water is finite. We can’t create more of it. All water is connected. We all live, work and play in the same watershed. By changing the way we think about and use water, we have the power to improve the quality of life on our planet. Be leaders. Respect every drop of water.

This residency is the first of a series of Catalytic Projects for the District & Shop One. Design of this residency was supported by the US Water Alliance Arts & Culture Accelerator program. Community members served as creative collaboration advisors to guide development of this residency and other catalytic projects.