Think Water Utah


ThinkWaterUtahWater 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.

Learn more about Utah Water Ways in this fascinating essay by Gregory Smoak or catching the latest water story at Utah's Beehive Archive.

Find the latest activities at our Think Water Utah Calendar and dive into our Virtual Events!

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H20 Today Exhibition Tour


Water is wonderful. But water is limited. And fragile. H2O Today explores 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, as well as Utah’s unique relationship with water. What does water mean to you?  


No water, no life. No blue, no green.”  – Sylvia Earle, oceanographer


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: West Valley Arts at the 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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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


2020-2021 TOUR OF UTAH!

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, for 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 Museum, Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, and the John Wesley Powell River History 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!


PARTNER EXHIBITION PROJECTS

  • January 15 – September 6, 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 | LEARN MORE HERE and TOUR THE EXHIBITION HERE
  • February 18 – December 12, 2021 | Where does water in Salt Lake Valley come from? Where does it end up? Confluence explores water’s journey from mountain streams to Great Salt Lake in collaboration with six local organizations. Also see Think Water Through Art, exploring water as a universal theme in art from Africa to Europe to Asia | Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia & John Price Museum Building, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801.581.7332 | UMFA ACTIVITIES 

H2O TODAY COMPANION EXHIBITIONS

  • January 21 – April 19, 2021 | Utah's Waterways is a juried exhibition of 2-D artworks providing a localized and artistic visual complement to H20 Today West Valley Arts, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, UT 84119, 801.965.5100 | WEST VALLEY CITY ACTIVITIES
  • April 26 – July 31, 2021 | Through Their Eyes: Photographs from the Second Powell Expedition is an exhibition featuring reconstructed images captured by John Wesley Powell’s Second Expedition paired with diary entries from members of Powell’s crew describing the breath-taking scenery along the Green River| Uintah County Heritage Museum, 155 East Main Street, Vernal, UT 84078, 435.789.7399 | VERNAL ACTIVITIES
  • August 7, 2021 – February 5, 2022 | Bear River Boa Ogoi: the River is Life explores how the Bear River is the source of life for Northwestern Shoshone peoples, representing their physical, cultural, and spritual experiences both in the past and today | Hyrum City Museum, 50 West Main Street, Hyrum, UT 84319, 435.245.0208 | BEAR RIVER HERITAGE AREA ACTIVITIES

WATER|WAYS COMPANION EXHIBITIONS

  • July 18, 2020 – December 31, 2021 | Our River is Our Community explores how the Green River is essential to life and culture in southeastern Utah | John Wesley Powell River History Museum, 1765 Main Street, Green River, UT 84525, 435.564.3427 | EXHIBIT TOUR VIDEO and GREEN RIVER ACTIVITIES
  • August 22, 2020 - December 31, 2021 | 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 - December 31, 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
  • October 17 - December 13, 2020 | Water Right explores the idea that cultural values of different societies in the Kanab region have caused water resources to be allocated in decidedly different ways over time Kanab Heritage Museum, 13 S 100 E, Kanab, UT, 435.644.3506 | KANAB ACTIVITIES 
  • December 19, 2020 – December 31, 2021 | Why Wetlands? is a new, Spanish-English bilingual, permanent exhibit that explores the Swaner wetlands and the critical role they play in the long-term health of the community and local ecosystem Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City, UT, 435.797.8943 | PARK CITY ACTIVITIES

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

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Utah Resources


Join Us Please!


We Want to Hear Your Water Story!

      • Add your story to the Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street website. 
      • Join the conversation using #ThinkWaterUtah and #MyWaterStory

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Many thanks to our vital partners and generous funders for their support of Think Water Utah,  and to Justin McFarland, photographer of the Great Salt Lake Causeway.

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