The Smithsonian makes a splash in Arizona!

Explore, share, and experience Arizona’s water stories.

Visit Water/Ways
The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit will visit 12 rural communities in Arizona between 2018-2020.
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Check out the latest Arizona water stories. Get news about Water/Ways, read interesting articles, watch videos, and more.
Attend a program
From lectures, community conversations, film screenings, and more, find water programs across the state.
Find Resources
Free materials, curriculum, and resources for educators and Arizonans interested in learning more about water.

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit dives into Arizona water. Water is an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. This national exhibit will be in Arizona 2018 through 2020, and will be paired with local exhibits developed to extend the national exhibit with Arizona water information specific to each community hosting the exhibit tour.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Globally, the complex character of water inspires authors and artists. Yet, water also plays a practical role in all societies. 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. American creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Water/Ways Arizona Partners

Water/Ways is made possible in Arizona by Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils.

Museum on Main Street

The mission of Museum on Main Street is to provide access to the Smithsonian for small-town America. Museum on Main Street engages small-town audiences and brings attention to underserved rural communities. Through community programs and creative activities, Museum on Main Street exhibitions like Water/Ways and research are a launching point for storytelling and local pride. 

Arizona Humanities

Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University, ranked No. 1 “Most Innovative School” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for an unprecedented two years in succession, has forged the model for a New American University by operating on the principle that learning is a personal and original journey for each student; that they thrive on experience, and the process of discovery cannot be bound by traditional academic disciplines.

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