Exhibition to open in October
The Smithsonian is coming to Dorchester County!
Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
Oct. 19-Nov. 30, 2019
Hours: Sunday, Noon-4 p.m; Tuesday-Thursday, Noon-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Additional hours: available for groups by appointment; contact the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, 410-228-3575
Cambridge Main Street has begun planning with partner organizations and stakeholders for Water/Ways, the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, which will come to the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge from October 19, 2019 – November 30, 2019.
From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Water/Ways traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.
Water/Ways explores water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources.
Local planning is underway
Dorchester County has received a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant to develop a companion exhibit that focuses on the county’s unique water story. Partner organizations throughout the county also will be hosting special events, programming, exhibits and activities before, during and after the Smithsonian exhibit.
A Steering Committee has organized and is working with six subcommittees that include fundraising, communications, logistics, programming, local hosting and local exhibit planning.
Visit the following websites to read more about the exhibit:
Be a Volunteer Exhibit Host!
We’re looking for volunteers to serve as hosts at the Water/Ways exhibit when it is open to the public and when groups arrange special visits. No experience or expertise is required! We will hold a training session for our volunteers before the exhibit opens. For more information contact Ruth Clendaniel, email@example.com. You can sign up for volunteer slots on our online calendar here.
Maryland humanities has developed a toolkit for educators to use in conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit. The resources include curriculum guides, reading lists and other activities. Read more and download the resources here.
Connect with Us!
Do you want to learn more about the exhibit and related programming? Contact one of the Steering Committee members:
- Steering Committee Chair: Cheryl Hannan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Programming: Katie Clendaniel, email@example.com
- Communications & Marketing: Julie Gilberto-Brady, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Finance & Fundraising: Amanda Fenstermaker, email@example.com
- Logistics: Bill Christopher, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local Host: Ruth Clendaniel, email@example.com
- Barbara Seese, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephyn Butcher, email@example.com
Cambridge Main Street
Dorchester Center for the Arts
Dorchester County Department of Tourism
Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area
Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Choptank River Lighthouse
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Cambridge Yacht Club
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
Richardson Maritime Museum
Main Street Gallery
Dorchester Skipjack Committee
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory
Dorchester County Historical Society
Is your organization planning a local event or programming related to the Water/Ways exhibit? Submit your information here to be included in our calendar and related promotional materials.
Become a Sponsor
Join us in bringing this exciting exhibit to Dorchester County! Become a sponsor of the Water/Ways exhibit.