Exploring the Environment and the Arts

A Confluence means the place where two rivers come together. It can also mean a place where ideas meet and grow. Our Confluence is the intersection of the environment and the arts. Produced by the Governor’s Award winning arts and humanities nonprofit Meridian Herald and guided by a steering committee that includes 100 Miles, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Georgia Humanities Council, the South Fork Conservancy, the Trust for Public Lands, and individual artist and community volunteers, Confluence will present a series of programs in 2020 and 2021 focused on art of all types–visual, musical, and written–created by Georgia artists, amateur and professional, children, and adults, who have been inspired by Georgia’s natural beauty and whose works inspire others to preserve and protect Georgia’s environment.

On June 29th, 2020, Confluence launches an online project, inviting the electronic submission of photographs or videos by children and youth of art they have created celebrating Georgia’s natural wonders and/or efforts to preserve and protect them. Each week Meridian Herald will announce a theme for art work inspired by the work of Georgia’s poets and post it on our website. The theme for the first week, “Rivers,” is based on Georgia poet Sydney Lanier’s poem, “Song of the Chattahoochee.”

All children and youth are warmly invited to submit works of art for posting to Meridian Herald’s website. Decisions on which works are actually posted lie exclusively with Meridian Herald. Art should be submitted by email to Each submission should include the child’s or youth’s name, age, and address. Only the first name of the child will be posted with their submission.

Every entrant will receive an attractive certificate and be eligible to be selected to display his or her art work during the final week of Confluence in June of 2021.

And the lordly main from beyond the plain

Calls o’er the hills of Habersham,

Calls through the valleys of Hall.

From Sidney Lanier’s, “Song of the Chattahoochee”