North Carolina Humanities Council Continues its Partnership with the Smithsonian in 2020 - Tour Host Site Applications Now Being Accepted

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CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2018) – Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition to your community!

The North Carolina Humanities Council is seeking six small town museums, public libraries, nature centers, and other cultural nonprofit organizations to host Water/Ways, coming to North Carolina, May 2020- March 2021.

Interested organizations should check out the Council's Museum on Main Street program (MoMS) and review the Council's Water/Ways RFP for full details on the exhibit and application instructions. Applications will be accepted online until October 3, 2018.

With its distinct aquatic landscape of Atlantic Coast beaches, mountain rivers and local lakes, water plays an integral part in shaping North Carolina’s identity. Water/Ways, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, draws on the environmental, cultural and historical aspects of water. The exhibit explores the relationships between people and water; water as a critical resource; water as a source of food and recreation; and water as an inspiration to authors, musicians and artists.

The exhibit is comprised of five, free standing educational panels with photographs, and interactive film and audio clips. Host sites will also have the opportunity to augment the Smithsonian’s exhibition pieces with their own regional stories, artifacts and programs, thereby creating a unique, local experience.

Eligible organizations must provide a minimum of 700 square feet of secure exhibit space, identify a project director and plan and implement robust public humanities programs that support the exhibit. For a full exhibit description and list of host site eligibility requirements, visit the Council's Museum on Main Street program. Online applications are due by October 3, 2018.

Water/Ways, is brought to North Carolina by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. MoMS is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide and is supported by the United States Congress. To learn about the history of Museum on Main Street in North Carolina, please view our interactive map.

For more questions about the Water/Ways tour or the Council’s Museum on Main Street program, contact Grants and Program Manager, Caitlin Patton at  or 704.687.1521.

Click here to learn how you can support rural communities through this exceptional program.

ABOUT NCHC: The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs and grants, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. Since 1972, the Council has served as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experiences.