Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Below are the selected host sites for the new exhibition tour that will kick off in June 2018. Stay tuned for more information, host site dates, programming schedule, and more!
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
June 2 – July 15, 2018
Brought to you by the Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities
Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark
Fort Apache, AZ
July 28 – September 9, 2018
Brought to you by the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
September 22 – November 4, 2018
McFarland State Historic Park
November 17 – December 30, 2018
Brought to you by the Town of Florence
Henry F. Hauser Museum
Sierra Vista, AZ
January 12 – February 25, 2019
Brought to you by the City of Sierra Vista
March 9 – April 21, 2019
Brought to you by the Amerind Foundation, Inc.
Central Arizona College – Aravaipa Campus
May 4 – June 16, 2019
Brought to you by the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition
Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam
June 29 – August 11, 2019
Brought to you by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association
Camp Verde Community Library
Camp Verde, AZ
August 24 – October 6, 2019
Brought to you by the Friends of the Verde River Greenway
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
October 19 – December 1, 2019
Cañon Elementary School District 50
Black Canyon City, AZ
December 14, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Brought to you by the Black Canyon City Community Association – Black Canyon Heritage Park
The Lake Havasu Museum of History
Lake Havasu City, AZ
February 8 – March 22, 2020
Brought to you by the Lake Havasu City Historical Society
Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, its effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at political and economic efforts to ensure access to water, and explores how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with 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. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.
Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, energy, and industry. It inspires art, literature, and music.
Water/Ways focuses on the relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? How will the relationship between people and water evolve in the future?
The Water/Ways exhibition arrives in June 2018 and will travel to the twelve sites in Arizona over a two-year period. Each site will host the Water/Ways exhibit for six weeks at a time. Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University will be working with each site individually and as a group for trainings, developing programming, and more.
Paul Hirt is a Professor of History, Senior Sustainability Scholar, and member of the public history faculty at Arizona State University. He specializes in the American West, environmental history, and sustainability studies. Hirt’s publications include a 2012 monograph on the history of electric power in the US Northwest and British Columbia titled The Wired Northwest, a monograph on the history of national forest management since WWII, titled A Conspiracy of Optimism (1994), and more than two dozen articles and book chapters on various topics in environmental history, including two essays on water and sustainability in Arizona. Dr. Hirt conceived and directed the “Nature, Culture, and History at Grand Canyon” project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities he chairs the American Society for Environmental History’s Advisory Board for Professional Development and Public Engagement, and he is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Salt River Project.
Water/Ways has been made possible in Arizona by Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
Water/Ways is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Learn more at www.museumonmailstreet.org.