Water/Ways

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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.

How To Apply to be a 2020 Host Site

  1. Please review the Water/Ways RFP for full exhibit details and host site expectationsbefore begining your proposal
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the online application process.
  3. Get started on your application in our online application system using one of the two options below:
    A. If you are new to the online system, please create an account prior to applying. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Scroll down and select "2020 Museum on Main Street Program" and complete the form. 

    B. If you have previously created an account, please click here to login. Once on your Applicant Dashboard click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Scroll down and select "2020 Museum on Main Street Program" and complete the form. 

    Still have questions? We are here to help! We offer one-on-one application coaching sessions. Please reach out to Caitlin Patton at cpatton@nchumanities.org or (704) 687-1521.