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The Nile Project: Bringing Communities Together Through Sustainability

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Written by Breanna Tenda ’16

Beginning on March 25 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW will host the Nile Project for five days of entertainment and education. The Nile Project is a group of about 12 musicians from the Nile countries who aim to serve environmental justice. In the Nile countries, there is a serious issue of sustainability and water management. These musicians travel the globe on tours and visit universities to educate the public and bring awareness about sustainability and inspire change on both the local and global levels.

Sunday, March 26, will be a community day full of music, dance workshops and a panel discussion about environmental issues. Monday through Wednesday, the artists will be on campus visiting classes and holding public lectures and workshops to delve deeper into the music, environmental issues and conflict and resolution.

The community experience is made possible by the UNCW community as well as the public, including the Department of Music, the Plastic Ocean Project, the Department of Biology and Biological Sciences, the Department of Environmental Studies, Feast Down East, among others. The Nile Project and its UNCW affiliates are still welcoming volunteers and encourage students participation in panels, workshops, and more.

One of the most exciting parts of the Nile Project’s visit is its ability to connect various different areas of campus together. “It’s a chance to show how the arts can be relevant to many different parts of departments and fields of study,” says Kristen Brogdon, director of the Office of Arts. Her personal mission is to make sure that every student here at UNCW has an opportunity to be included in the arts.

Even after the musicians leave, Brogdon hopes that the committees that came together to make this event possible will continue to work together to put together a service project relevant to the Cape Fear and Atlantic Ocean. She says, “While the lack of clean water here in Wilmington is not severe like in the Nile countries, we do have our own sustainability issues.” By bringing these musicians and educators to the Cape Fear community, hopes are that students and community members will become inspired to be the change they wish to see in our environment.

Wilmington and its population is growing rapidly. Because of this increase, Brogdon says, “We have a lot to learn from the artists involved who have been studying these issues and ways to address them for a while now.”

For more information about the Nile project, events and ticket prices, please visit the Nile Project’s UNCW Presents webpage.