We Are Water

October 12 through November 26, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will host We Are Water MN. This popular statewide traveling exhibition explores the connections between the humanities and water, inviting visitors to reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota – and add their own stories to the mix.

Organized by the Minnesota Humanities Center and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in cooperation with four other state agencies, We Are Water MN will be housed at the Institute on the Environment during its stay on the Twin Cities campus, before moving on to seven other host sites. Other key partners at the University are the Institute for Advanced Study and the Water Resources Center/Water Resource Sciences graduate program.

Stay tuned for opportunities to engage with this unique exhibition and celebrate our connection to water! A number of University of Minnesota programs and units will contribute to programs and events held during the exhibit period. Both the exhibition and associated programming focus on two themes: We are all responsible to steward the water resources that we enjoy and that support our lives; and how changes in water systems, whether due to a changing climate or other factors, will disproportionately affect nondominant communities. The program therefore addresses both scientific and policy understandings of water, as well as humanistic sensitivity to absented narratives in our society.

For more information, or to share a water-inspired event, contact Kim Long (Institute on the Environment) at longx296@umn.edu or Pat Nunnally (Institute for Advanced Study’s River Life program) at pdn@umn.edu.

Exhibition & Opening Details

October 15 – November 26
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, October 12
3 – 7 p.m. (Program at 4 p.m.)
RSVP by October 8.

Institute on the Environment
Learning & Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Commons Meeting & Art Space (Room R350)

Directions, transit, and parking information.

Events & Programming

  • Weekly Wednesdays at 12 p.m. River Walks
    Further details on topics and starting locations available here!
    Oct 3: The River is the Classroom – Linda Buturian (CEHD & IonE Educator)
    Oct 10: Simi Kang (UMN Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies)
    Oct 17: Doug Snyder and Abby Moore (Mississippi Watershed Management Organization)
    Oct 24: Julie Rantala (University Facilities Management)
    Oct 31: In the Footsteps of Winchell – Dr. Carrie Jennings (Freshwater Society)
    Nov 7: Dan Milz (Visiting Assistant Professor, Humphrey)
    Nov 14: Pat Nunnally (IAS – River Life)
  • October 6 & October 27 – Phalen Creek Nibi Walk 
    Participants must be able to attend both days.
  • October 12 – Opening Ceremony & Reception
    3 to 7 p.m. (IonE)
  • October 13 – Open Saturday
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (IonE)
  • October 25 – IAS Thursdays: All That We Are Is Story (Panel Discussion)
    3:30 to 5 p.m. (Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop)
  • October 27 – Open Saturday
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (IonE)

For additional details go IonE’s event calendar

Exhibition Organizers

In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Departments of Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources

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