From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital life resource. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry, and more. It inspires art and music. Water/Ways, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, will be on view at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center (125 Landing Road, Landing) from July 1 through August 10.
The free exhibit, sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) in cooperation with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 11-3, and evening hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8. Note: The exhibit will be closed on July 4.
Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on 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. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
“Water is an important part of everyone’s life, and we are excited to explore what it means in our own community,” said LHF grant and program director Donna Macalle-Holly. “We want to convene conversations about water and have developed a free public program to complement the Smithsonian exhibition.” On July 13, the foundation will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Palace Theatre in Netcong. The festival is a collection of films that address the planet’s environmental concerns and celebrations. For more information, visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org.
“Hosting this exhibit and film festival is a perfect confluence of our mission areas of protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience, as it brings together the Lake Hopatcong community to learn about the importance of protecting this and other watersheds,” said LHF president Jessica Murphy. “We are thrilled to be the first host site in New Jersey, and excited for another opportunity to bring people into our newly rehabilitated building, which is meant to serve the community in a variety of ways.”
Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources, and public programs. Everyone can participate in the conversation on social media at #ThinkWater.
The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions with support from the U.S. Congress. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other MoMS exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.