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Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a cultural project that serves rural America. Oklahoma Humanities partners with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to bring national touring exhibits to small Oklahoma communities.


Bring Water/Ways to Your Town!

We invite museums, libraries, historical societies, and other community nonprofit organizations in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents to apply to host the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition called Water/Ways. The exhibit will tour five Oklahoma communities from July 2019 through April 2020.

Host sites for each six-week exhibition will be selected based on geographic location, evidence of strong community support, strength of proposed ideas for supplementary events, and physical event space.

Building on this national theme, host sites in Oklahoma will develop complementary programming or exhibits that highlight water issues in their community. We will provide a State Humanities Scholar to assist in developing programs that share the local narrative of the Smithsonian exhibit’s theme.

Oklahoma Humanities staff may conduct site visits to collect additional information prior to the final host site selection. Applications are due May 18, 2018. Oklahoma Humanities will work with a community’s host organization every step of the way to ensure a successful tour.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact OH Program Officer Kelly Burns at kelly@okhumanities.org or 405-235-0280.

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About Water/Ways

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water—an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role 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. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Click here for more information about the Water/Ways exhibition.

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