Since 2007, we have created and presented original multi-disciplinary artistic projects throughout the city of Portland. In 2010, we opened The Headwaters Theatre in North Portland to serve the local artist communities with accessible and affordable space. Today we are developing Prior Day Farm, an urban dance On land Project and Garden for artistic residency and retreat.


Our Mission

WATER IN THE DESERT (WITD) is a Portland-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering innovative, multidisciplinary and accessible artistic experiences & residencies along with integrative educational programming. Each of our projects derive from the same value-based philosophy—to cultivate a more assimilated approach to social, ecological, and cultural concerns through artistic practice and embodied engagement.

Mizu Desierto’s white-eyed gaze inward seems to be projecting a grand vision.
— Anne Adams, Portland Monthly Magazine