PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACCELERATOR funding will contribute to a multi-year, multi-faceted artistic creation project conceived by award-winning musicians Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, playwright Robert Chafe, Canadian composer Randolph Peters, film-maker Barbara Doran, videographer Jerry Macintosh and sociologist Barbara Neis. Jointly funded by the Future Oceans and Coastal Infrastructure (FOCI) Project of the Ocean Frontier Institute using funds from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, this project draws on conversations with people living in Newfoundland's coastal communities about the diverse impacts of ocean and coastal change on their daily lives. It consists of an hour-long musical dramatic piece called Taking on Water, and a documentary film called Living on the Edge. Taking on Water, created by Chafe and Peters will premiere at the Tuckamore Festival in St John's on Aug 7, 2023, and then tour to Arts and Culture Centres and schools across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in September. This musical/drama will be performed by Duo Concertante and two actors, Chafe and Louise Moise. Doran and Macintosh's documentary film combines footage from Chafe's conversations with coastal people with footage with the creators of the musical/dramtic performance to explore how artistic process can contribute to our collective engagement with the effects of ocean and coastal community change. Tuckamore Festival will organize a public screening of this documentary at the Rooms in late fall 2023 and it will made available to high schools following the fall tour. Doran will market it to broadcasters to broaden engagement; it will be shared with community groups focused on sustainable development.