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Be a Part of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Program

Tuesday, September 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Widener

On behalf of Virginia Foundation for Humanities, the Virginia Association of Museums is pleased to announce an exclusive Virginia tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Venues are needed to host this Smithsonian exhibition starting in May 2017. Water/Ways will be at each site for six weeks.

If your site is interested in hosting, we'd love to hear from you!  Eligible sites need to be able to  demonstrate the physical capacity to host the exhibition, requiring a minimum of 700 square feet of display space, a ceiling height of at least 8 ½ feet, four functional electrical outlets in the display space, and crate storage space.  

* Preference will be given to VAM member museums.
* Preference will be given to Virginia museums in communities of fewer than 20,000 residents.


Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment's engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape. Water's impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation.

Water/Ways focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?

Exhibition Program Details
All chosen sites receive from the Virginia Association of Museums and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities:


* An exhibit support manual covering installation, object collection and conservation, public relations, and evaluation.
* Assistance in program planning and ready-made publicity material such as PSAs and brochures.
* Free registration for one representative from your organization to attend any or all VAM workshops in 2016 and 2017.

In return, all sites must provide:


* $100 rental fee of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.
* Assign a staff member or volunteer who will serve as project director for the exhibition. The project director is required to attend one statewide planning meeting in May 2017, and will coordinate the project from beginning to end.
* Travel expenses to attend the planning meeting and any VAM workshops.
* Implement publicity in your local community and region.
* Provide a secure, dry space to store empty exhibition crates for the duration of the exhibition.
* Provide a cost share report at the project's conclusion tracking all staff and volunteer time, facility expenses, and other donated resources.
* Sites are responsible for shipping the exhibition to the next host site (via a commercial carrier or on own). Due to the size of the crates, it will take two U-Haul trucks to ship the exhibition.


Questions? Contact:
Rebecca Guest, Membership Coordinator
Virginia Association of Museums
Phone: 804-358-3170

Find out more about the exhibition.
See images from the exhibition. 

What's in the Exhibition?
* 5 Stand-alone kiosks
* Colorful photographs and labels
* Audio clips
* Video clips
* Hands-on activities
* iPad interactive

October 14, 2016

Download the application. 

Thank You Conference 2016 Sponsors

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