2021 River of Words Youth Art & Poetry Watershed Festival Recap

On April 17, 2021, the Center for Environmental Literacy within the Kalmanovitz School of Education hosted its 25th annual River of Words Youth Art & Poetry Watershed Festival. The heart of what River of Words does is to promote environmental literacy through the arts and cultural exchange. The beautiful words from the 2020 & 2021 category winners rang especially clear as the virtual event allowed more of us to celebrate together during a year where we all had to get innovative in how we connect with one another.

River of Words partnered with several SMC undergraduate and graduate students to put together this year's event. Additionally, they were joined by Carol Gittens, Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education; Teachers of the Year Manju Goyal (2020) and Diana Ajjan (2021); and renowned SMC faculty Drs. Luz Casquejo Johnston (Former Director of the Center for Environmental Literacy), Raina León, and Susan H. Marston.

River of Words would like to thank the Board of the Center for Environmental Literacy — Joseph Wright , David Wood , and Brett Morris for their continued leadership and support of the River of Words contest. We are also extremely thankful for all of our donors, especially for the generous donations from the Freitas Foundation and Wood Foundation, who helped make this year’s festival possible.

This year, River of Words received over 1,300 art and poetry submissions from youth all over the world. To view the work of the 2020 and 2021 winners, meet our teachers of the year, and participate in activities from the event, the digital program is accessible on the River of Words website