“The Michigan Humanities Council and Artworks bring the Smithsonian to Big Rapids.”
Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street initiative designed to bring high quality exhibits to small-town cultural organizations. Artworks is one of six locations in Michigan that will be part of this exciting touring exhibit. Water/Ways focuses on the unique impact and essential role that water plays in our communities. This exhibit allows Michigan to rediscover the value of water as both a resource for humans and a cultural symbol.
The Muskegon River Watershed, which flows through Big Rapids and all of Mecosta County, has a rich history and has been instrumental in shaping our culture and our way of life. This interactive exhibit will remind our community of the importance of our waterways and encourage us to engage in dialogue and stewardship. Also, to remind us that water is central to the rituals of our life and that we are all downstream.
Artworks has partnered with many community organizations to design events, additional exhibits and programs that will deepen our understanding of what the water means to us.
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Sylvia Earle, oceanographer.
A partial list of Water/Ways events and exhibits:
The Water/Ways Exhibit will be at Artworks from September 29 through November 10.