Smithsonian Water Exhibition Delights Local Audiences
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The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council, continues its exploration of water’s environmental and cultural impact as it hosts the local showing of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Water/Ways” will be on view through July 7, 2018.
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Moss Point in early July, the exhibition will travel to five more communities in Mississippi before it returns to the Smithsonian.
“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on 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.
“We are thrilled with the attention Water/Ways is receiving,” said Erin Parker, Programs Manager. More than 130 people attended our opening event and the daily visitor count so far has been wonderful. Parker continued, “We’ve had visitors from as far away as Seattle, Washington to see the exhibition and visit our community. It’s great exposure for the Audubon Center and Moss Point. We’ve had a diversity of programs related to water from different perspectives that are attracting different audiences.”
Upcoming public Saturday programs include “Water/Ways Talk” with Dr. Jim Giesen, Mobile Baykeeper Talk, Writing on the River with Mary Ann O’Gorman, and a DIY Rain Barrel Workshop. Some programs require fees for materials. For a complete listing of related programs, visit the events calendar online at http://pascagoula.audubon.org/events or call 228-475-0825.
“Water/Ways” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu, or http://mshumanities.org/. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress and the Mississippi Humanities council.