February 25, 2020 | Katelyn Vause
UPDATE: In light of COVID-19 restrictions, please check the North Carolina Humanities Council website for news about possible changes to event dates and times.
The North Carolina Humanities Council’s “Water/Ways” exhibit will tour the state in 2020 and 2021 through the “Museum on Main Street” program. North Carolina Sea Grant and the NC Water Resources Research Institute are among the sponsors of the tour.
Chosen by a North Carolina Humanities Council selection committee, six rural North Carolina host sites will showcase the exhibit in their respective communities. Each host site will announce local program activities for Water/Ways.
North Carolina’s distinct aquatic landscape of Atlantic Coast beaches, mountain rivers and local lakes plays an integral part in shaping our state’s identity. Water/Ways is designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations to catalyze community conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The multi-panel exhibit explores water as an essential natural resource that allows us to travel, determines where we live, controls what we eat and drink, and inspires culture.
“Creating personal connections with our local waterways is extremely important for supporting active stewardship of these waters,” says Christy Perrin, the sustainable waters and communities coordinator for North Carolina Sea Grant and a leader in the NC Watershed Stewardship network. “Hopefully visiting the exhibits and related events will inspire people to get out and explore their own local waterways.”
Host organizations will develop complementary exhibits, offer public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to increase understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.
AMY Regional Library System, Burnsville
May 28, 2020 – July 8, 2020
Fontana Regional Library – Macon County Public Library, Franklin
July 14, 2020 – Aug 24, 2020
Wake Forest Historical Museum, Wake Forest
Aug 30, 2020 – Oct 10, 2020
Partnership for the Sounds – North Carolina Estuarium, Washington
Oct 16, 2020 – Nov 29, 2020
Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach
Dec 4, 2020 – Jan 18, 2021
Alamance Community College, Graham
Jan 24, 2021 – March 5, 2021
Adapted from this press release from the North Carolina Humanities Council.
The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org
lead photo: Merchants Millpond State Park, courtesy of Bill Russ/VisitNC.com
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