Performing arts & civic dialogue

Open Waters is a performance collaborative that aims to create opportunities for effective communication and cultural exchange through the production of theatrical events. Emphasizing participatory research and interdisciplinary approaches, Open Waters projects are grounded in arts-based civic dialogue and take place in diverse communities across the state of Maine.

Both an independent practice and a collaborative entity, Open Waters is administered by artist Jennie Hahn. It functions as a vessel to hold a collection of creative collaborations, both continuous and finite, between and among artists, community organizations, civic leaders, and individuals. 


Fisheries dialogues

In Kinship in 2016 has focused on migratory fish restoration in the Penobscot River. Three co-curated events combined community dialogue, collaboration between artists and biologists, and physical interaction with both fish and the river. Learn more HERE. 

2016 gathering

In August of 2016, Open Waters hosted the first In Kinship Gathering, a four-day convening of artists and community partners involved in ongoing civic performance work in the Penobscot River Watershed. This gathering included on-river research experiences, planning conversations, and meals enjoyed with friends. 

performance scores

In May of 2015, Open Waters artists Jennie Hahn and Cory Tamler spent three days observing fisheries biologists from the Maine Department of Marine Resources during the spring migrations of several fish species. The In Kinship Performance Scores were written in response.