img_1312The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is proud to be the host of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit Water/Ways and to offer activities associated with it in 2019. Marsha Whalen Downum and Shaun Perkins wrote the grant, and Locust Grove was chosen by the Oklahoma Humanities Council as one of 5 towns in Oklahoma to receive this opportunity.

The exhibit will be housed at Ingram’s Custom Rods at the corner of Water and Main. Supplementary activities, such as a Wonder City Wonders Chautauqua, lectures, contests, and more will take place at Wonder City Coffee and the LGAA gallery.

Oct. 21-Dec. 8, 2019

The LGAA encourages everyone, especially school groups, to experience the exhibit and the activities associated with it, which will include:

  • Wonders of Wonder City Chautauqua, with living history characters from the area
  • LGAA art contest with a water theme
  • Poetry contest sponsored by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
  • Lectures by area scholars
  • Presentations from the GRDA, Spring Creek Coalition and the Cherokee Nation

More about Water/Ways:

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

If you would like to get involved with this exhibit in any capacity, please contact LGAA President & Water/Ways project director Jennifer Henson, jenniferh@rae-corp.com, 918-530-1902, or Water/Ways site coordinator Shaun Perkins, okiestoryteller@gmail.com, 918-864-9152.