In Minnesota, water is a vital part of our history, identity, and culture. In a state with more shoreline than Florida, Hawaii and California combined, this connection to water, both culturally and literally, is vital.
Cannon River Watershed Partnership, in cooperation with the Minnesota Humanities Center, celebrates this connection as it hosts We are Water MN, a traveling exhibition that explores the connections between the humanities and water through an interactive exhibit and public events.
We Are Water MN will be on view in Northfield at the Weitz Center for Creativity, 320 3rd St. E., June 20 through July 28, Tuesday–Friday, noon–6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
As a part of the We Are Water MN exhibit in Northfield, Cannon River Watershed Partnership is offering a series of programs about water. See six months of upcoming programs at crwp.net/yearofwater.
The Grant Opening for the We Are Water MN Exhibit takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. There will be an artist reception from 10-11 a.m. at the Northfield Arts Guild, immediately followed by an art walk to the Weitz Center.
Inside the Weitz Center, there will be a reception, guided tours of the exhibit, food, family-friendly art activities, a water bar (a chance to taste different drinking waters) and speakers.
We Are Water MN reveals the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how we relate to water — how we use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life and how we care for our water and protect water for the future. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for, and participate in, water stewardship.
“In 2016 and 2017, MHC was honored to host the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street exhibition, Water/Ways,” said Humanities Center President and CEO David O’Fallon. “During the planning and implementation of Water/Ways, MHC and their partners identified an opportunity to more fully tell the story of Minnesota’s relationship with water and developed an accompanying exhibit all about water, relationships and the humanities in our great state. Thus, We Are Water MN was born. We are thrilled to be able to continue sharing this exhibit with the state. We thank Carleton College and the surrounding Northfield community for hosting this one-of-a-kind exhibit and having an important conversation about the needs and realities of water in our state.”
In addition to Northfield, the exhibition will tour seven other communities in Minnesota from Oct. 12 through Nov. 2. For more information about the exhibition, visit mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn.