Water/Ways 2019-09-17T06:46:49-04:00

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.

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, rclendaniel@atlanticbb.net. You can sign up for volunteer slots on our online calendar here.

Educational Resources

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:

Water/Ways Partners

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

Blackwater Adventures

Dorchester Skipjack Committee

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory

Chesapeake College

Shore Rivers

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.

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