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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Arts in Conservation Education

The Flotilla Project

The Flotilla project, carried out in 2004, underscores the interconnectivity of America’s waterways and the importance of water conservation. Created by artist Maura Bordes Cronin, the project was developed as a way to explore the potential of landscapes in transition. The project was created in partnership with Perquimans County, North Carolina, and was inspired by the county’s 100-mile-long shore line, most of which is undeveloped. Students from Hertford, North Carolina, constructed small sailboats and released them into different creeks throughout the county. Each school was represented by a different color sail. The Flotilla project enabled students to see and learn about the connectivity of the waterways and their importance to the county, the school, and even the students themselves.
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