Water is the focus of the next Smithsonian exhibition tourAn essential component of life on our planet, water is also of cultural, historical, economical, and political significance. In Water | Ways, Marylanders will dive into the world's most important resource: water.
About Water | Ways
From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The newest traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, Water | Ways, examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.
All of the water currently on the planet is all that there will ever be. Through the water cycle, it is in endless motion on Earth’s surface, below ground and in the atmosphere. Water | Ways explores this cycle, water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries, and cultural organizations, Water | Ways will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of Maryland Humanities, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding of what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.