We Are Water MN exhibit to visit Pine River

Exhibit opens at Happy Dancing Turtle on April 27

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PINE RIVER — The Minnesota Humanities Center and Happy Dancing Turtle announced the traveling exhibition We Are Water MN will open with a reception 4-6 p.m. April 27 in Pine River.

The reception and exhibit will be at Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW in Pine River. The event is open to the public.

We Are Water MN is a project of the Humanities Center that engages Minnesotans with the state’s most important natural resource through personal stories, historical content and scientific information. We Are Water MN will be on display at the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus through June 19.

“Bringing people together around an issue they care about is how the humanities can be put into action. When Minnesotans learn from each other about the water where we live, we can make decisions that account for the complexity of our world,” says Kevin Lindsey, CEO of Minnesota Humanities Center in a news release.

The following additional partners will host the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit in their communities:


  • March 2-April 24: Sherburne SWCD (Sherburne County)
  • June 22-Aug. 14: Somali Museum (Twin Cities)
  • Aug. 17-Oct. 9: Roseau County Historical Society (Roseau)
  • Oct. 12-Dec. 4: Stillwater Public Library/ArtReach St. Croix (Stillwater)

The host partners will collaboratively design local events and public programming that connect people to issues surrounding water in their communities. In co-creating with community members and organizations who are working on water issues, Minnesota Humanities Center is expanding the local and state network of stakeholders at multiple levels within Minnesota to support citizen initiatives and create a shared vision around water in Minnesota.
Visitors to the We Are Water MN exhibit learn about water issues statewide and in their community. They also reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. Combining learning and sharing in this way strengthens Minnesotans’ relationships with water and increases participation in water stewardship activities.

In Pine River, the We Are Water MN exhibit will be open select hours for the public. Those hours can be found at . Groups, including school groups, are encouraged to attend, but asked to schedule ahead by emailing . Volunteers are sought to act as exhibit docents (guides). Learn more at: .

A photo contest for residents of Cass and Crow Wing counties will be part of the exhibit starting in mid-May. To participate in the photo contest or learn more about any of these opportunities, please visit .

Since We Are Water MN began touring in 2016, more than 2,300 stories about water have been collected. More than 400 high-quality audio stories are available via the project’s Story Map. Water stories are a way for visitors to share personal experiences while learning about their neighbors’ relationships with water. The range of experiences — from water as a daily part of visitors’ lives to personal stories of family, ritual, joy, and loss — along with education materials, compel people to evaluate their relationship with water and engage more deeply in conservation.

Minnesota Humanities Center’s project partners for We Are Water MN are the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; the Minnesota Historical Society; the Minnesota departments of agriculture, health, and natural resources; and the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources Center. The partners connect host communities to resources and information, learn from host communities, and provide opportunities for host communities to learn from and with each other.

We Are Water MN is funded in part by money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Clean Water Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

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