Think Water Utah


Logo WaterWaysWater is an essential component of life on our planet – environmentally, culturally, and historically. What role does water play in your life? 

Think Water Utah is a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Join us throughout 2020 and 2021 for Smithsonian exhibitions, along with local exhibitions and events that explore how water is essential to Utah communities.

Find the latest event details at our Think Water Utah Calendar!

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Water|Ways Exhibition Tour


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What's Your Water Story?

Water is life. It forms our world and our lives. It allows us to travel and blocks our paths. It determines where we live and work and what we eat and drink. It is an essential natural resource that we struggle to access and control. Water shapes human culture – our ways of life.

What does water mean to you?  Think about your water/ways...


"In the Southwest we tend to think our water scarcity challenges are unique. It was valuable to learn through the exhibition about how parts of the country with much more precipitation and surface water face shortages."  – Exhibition Visitor


COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!

Visit the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition and participate in great local activities!

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Special thanks to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, our statewide partner providing education outreach programming and training for each tour location.

 

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Water|Ways has been made possible in Utah by Utah 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) and the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland), Field Museum (Chicago), Instituto Sangari (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), San Diego Natural History Museum, and Science Centre Singapore.


The Utah tour of Water|Ways  is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: Fremont Indian State Park Museum with Snow College Library - Richfield, Kanab Heritage House with Kanab Heritage Museum, Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, and the John Wesley Powell River History Museum.

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H20 Today Exhibition Tour


H2O Today invites visitors to explore the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood. Through immersive content, interactives, and digital media, the exhibition explores the diversity and challenges of our global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity, and innovation across disciplines. This exhibition also features Utah's history with water and how it shapes where and how we live. 


Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”  – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi


COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!

Visit the Smithsonian's H20 Today exhibition and participate in great local activities!

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H2O Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland), Field Museum (Chicago), Instituto Sangari (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), San Diego Natural History Museum, and Science Centre Singapore.


The Utah tour of H2O Today  is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Uintah County Heritage Museum, and the Bear River Heritage Area in partnership with the Hyrum City Museum. 

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Partner Exhibitions


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Learn how water unites and divides us in our communities, our cultures, and our future!

Think Water Utah, presented by Utah Humanities and its partners, is a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water. Along with the Smithsonian Water|Ways and H2O Today exhibitions, visit these community exhibitions around Utah in 2020-2021!


  • July 18, 2020 – December 31, 2021 | Our River is Our Community explores how the Green River is essential to life and culture in southeastern UtahJohn Wesley Powell River History Museum, 1765 Main Street, Green River, UT 84525, 435.564.3427
  • August 22 - October 11, 2020 | Carved Rock: How Water Shaped Land & Life in Clear Creek Canyon explores how a canyon passageway carved through daunting mountains served as a source of life and symbol of sustenance to people using the canyon for the last 10,000 yearsFremont Indian State Park Museum, 3820 W Clear Creek Canyon Rd, Sevier, UT, 435.527.4631 | SEVIER VALLEY ACTIVITIES
  • August 29 - October 11, 2020 | Drained: Using Water from the Sevier River shows how irrigation projects started in the 1860s have directed nearly all the Sevier River’s water to agriculture and industries and asks whether it's time to re-evaluate this water usageSnow College Library - Richfield Campus, 800 W 200 S, Richfield, UT, 435.893.2238 | SEVIER VALLEY ACTIVITIES
  • December 5, 2020 – June 1, 2021 | Decisions Downstream examines new models for predicting the environmental impacts of water development projectsNatural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, 801.581.6927
  • February 18 – December 5, 2021 | Confluence highlights the diverse ways water is used in the Great Salt Lake watershed through art, community, and education.Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801.581.7332 

Think Water Utah is presented by Utah Humanities in collaboration with these extrordinary partners: 

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Utah Resources


We Want to Hear Your Water Story!


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Books, Films, and Resources for Educators!


Find More Utah Water Stories Online


Many thanks to our vital partners and generous funders for their support of Think Water Utah. 

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