Traveling Smithsonian exhibit part of AZ Water/Ways Week Black Canyon City will be a hosting city

Tara Alatorre


BLACK CANYON CITY – Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed June 2-8, 2018, as Water/Ways Week, which is part of a Smithsonian Institute exhibit that will travel to 12 rural communities across Arizona for the next two years.


The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit arrived in Bisbee on June 2, and it is designed for small town museums, libraries and cultural organizations. The traveling exhibit is intended to spark conversations about water’s impact on American culture, while also examining the effects of water on politics, landscape, settlement, migration and spirituality.


“It looks at political and economic efforts to ensure access to water and explores how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with the natural environment,” states the Arizona Humanities website, which is a partner in the exhibit.


Each of the 12 towns will host the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition for six weeks at a time.  The hosting sites, with the help of Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University, will also create free  water exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise awareness about water stories in local communities over the next 18 months.

Pictured: Illustrations from the Water/Ways Coloring Book that is available at the 12 traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit host sites.
Images courtesy of by Isaac Caruso

The 12 Water/Ways hosting towns are: Fort Apache, Miami, Florence, Sierra Vista, Dragoon, Winkleman, Page, Camp Verde, Tubac, Black Canyon City and Lake Havasu City.


Black Canyon City will host the traveling exhibit December 14, 2019, through January 26, 2020, at the Canon Elementary School.  The Black Canyon Heritage Park will have a series of water-related events planned over the next two years related to the Water/Ways exhibit.


Anyone interested in Water/Ways exhibit can follow the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #waterways and #thinkwater


Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative that is raising awareness about water’s critical role in sustaining life on Earth.


“In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol,” stated the Water/Ways website.  “American creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.


Water/Ways is made possible by Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU, and is part of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street.


For more information about Water/Ways exhibition visit


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