The 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 the VFW Building, 116 Broadway, in downtown Locust Grove. Supplementary activities, such as a Wonder City Wonders Chautauqua, lectures, contests, and more will also take place during the exhibition.
Oct. 21-Dec. 7, 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 Plastic Bottle Art Contest
- Poetry contest sponsored by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
- Presentation from the GRDA’s Justin Alberty: A History of the Grand River Dam
- Rain Garden Workshop w/Jeri Fleming, Oklahoma Conservation Commission
- Blue Thumb Stream Monitoring Training Workshop
- Opening Celebration with Water-Themed Karaoke & Awards Ceremony
Schedule of Events (subject to change):
Oct. 21-Dec. 7: Exhibit is open to public, VFW Hall
Oct. 21: Opening Celebration w/Water-Themed Karaoke & Awards Ceremony, VFW, 6 p.m.
Oct. 26: Rain Garden Workshop w/Jeri Fleming, Time/Location TBA
Nov. 2-3: Blue Thumb Stream Monitoring Workshop, Wonder City Coffee, 8:30-4:30
Nov. 11: History of the GRDA w/Justin Alberty & Special Veterans Recognition, VFW, 6 p.m.
Nov. 22: Wonder City Wonders Chautauqua & Tellabration, VFW Hall, 6:00 p.m.
For TEACHERS and GROUPS: Please fill out the form below to let us know when you would like to schedule a group tour of Water/Ways:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 918-530-1902, or Water/Ways site coordinator Shaun Perkins, email@example.com, 918-864-9152.
Water/Ways has been made possible in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, by Oklahoma Humanities.
Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
Water/Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.