Water/Ways Exhibition

The African American Cultural Society, Inc. is pleased to host Water/Ways, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museums on Main Street program. It will be on display in the Founders Gallery of our African American Museum and Cultural Center from July 9th through September 3rd, 2022.

Water Ways Exhibit

Exhibit Details

Water/Ways explores the ways in which water affects our daily lives. From its influence on civilization settlement patterns and religious practices, to our current day reliance on access to abundant, clean, inexpensive drinking water... water plays a hidden, yet vital, role in our society. This exciting exhibition, with its local component, and related activities and events, will ask us to make connections between ourselves, our local waters, and each other.

The theme of our local exhibit and keynote presentation on the exhibition opening day will be "River to River: From the Nile to the St. Johns". With the role of the St. Johns River and the Florida Aquifer vital to the lives of all Floridians, AACS will host a series of events and programs which take on the concept of Water/Ways, and invite you to explore them in a local context.

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Jul 9th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022
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Special Activities

  • Tickets $50; $30 members. Business Attire. Light refreshments, Cash bar.
    Live entertainment by the infamous Longineau Parsons II and his band.

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities at the AACS. Training and information sessions will be held throughout the day.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Ribbon Cutting

    1:00 - 2:00 Keynote Presentation | Robert Whiting, Education Chair

    2:00 - 4:00 Artists Reception - local artists: Doreen Hardie, Bettie Eubanks, Larry Tinsley, Ed Siarkowicz, Weldon Ryan, Robyn Cowan, Dave Bower

    4:00 - 5:30 Matanzas HS Youth - Meet the young people whose work appears in Water/Ways

  • Bishop Phillip King, Jr will preach "Spiritual Blessings Through Water” with words and song.

    They will also honor a Sunday School member for having her artwork selected for WaterWays.

    Service will start promptly at 10:30AM 

  • Watch the unveiling of the Mary McLeod Bethune statue.  Live in Washington DC at the Statutory Hall on CSPAN.  Free admission with ticket. Advance registration is required.

  • The Public is Welcome

  • Video Presentation by area Students - Maya Chatman, Oslyn Bryant and Samira Taite-Headspeth | Coming Home: Stories from Main Street is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (grantor). Coming Home engages youth in exploring their community in collaboration with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition. 

    Young people from our communities will present a video as a culmination of their research and interviews with local community members to share what is unique and special about Flagler County. The video will later be shared in a national narrative about rural and small towns.

    Come out and support our young people as they inform and celebrate what is special about Flagler County!

    Advance registration is required.

  • Today is your last chance to experience the Water/Ways Exhibition. Open to the Public. Lots of Activities for Children.  Keynote Speaker presentation on Black Pirates.  Pirates Invasion.  Come dressed as a pirate!

Guided Tour of Water/Ways Exhibit

A museum docent will be on hand to give tours or answer questions about the Water/Ways exhibit. Tours are conducted in groups hourly, lectures are two hours including the one hour tour. Free admission with ticket. Advance registration is required.

  • Tuesdays - 6 pm to 8 pm (lecture, tour included)
  • Wednesdays - 11 am to 5 pm
  • Fridays - 11 am to 5 pm
  • Saturdays - 11 am 3 pm; 3 pm to 5 pm (lecture, tour included)
  • Sundays - 11 am to 5 pm

Home is where the water is exhibit

Week One Theme: Our Relationship With Water

Tue. July 12th | 6PM to 8PM
A Family’s History Along the St. Johns River
Gayle Phillips, Executive Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center will discuss her family’s relationship with the St. Johns River.

Sat. July 16 | 3PM to 5PM 
The Intricate Relationship between Humans and Water in Florida
Steven Noll, PhD Master Lecturer, University of Florida.  Lead Scholar, Smithsonian-Florida Humanities Water/Ways-- invites the audience to consider the ways in which we are changing the limited resource that sustains our lives.  People have reshaped the land and the water of the Sunshine State to make it more inhabitable- in the process, they are destroying valuable ecosystems and endangering our water supply.

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in learning about how YOU can volunteer to help with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit, please let us know!

Erosion exhibit at water/ways

Week Two Theme: The Power of Water

Sat – July 23 | 3PM to 5PM
Beach Erosion

Mr. Carmello Morales, Stormwater Engineer, City of Palm Coast. As of 2021, more than 426.6 miles of this shoreline in Florida are critically eroded, or worn down or changed to “such a degree that upland development, recreational interests, wildlife habitat, or important cultural resources are threatened or lost. Morales will discuss this issue.

Water is the source exhibit

Week Three Theme: Water is the Source

Tue – July 26th   |   6PM to 8PM 
Aquatic Ecology

Lauren Albury, Ecologist Aquatic ecology is the study of the plants and animals that live in our rivers and streams and their interactions. These organisms are very sensitive to changes in water quality. In a balanced ecosystem, water cycles through the atmosphere, soil, rivers, lakes, and oceans.  Register Now

Sat – July 30th | 3PM to 5PM  
What is an Aquifer?  

Laura La Beur, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Communications, St. Johns River Water Management District will come out to do an interactive demo weekly on the watershed.  Today she will speak about the Floridian Aquifer and demo the exhibit model.  The Floridan aquifer averages 1,000 feet thick, and freshwater can extend to a depth of 2,000 feet below land surface.  Learn about the importance of this source of freshwater to Floridians and surrounding neighbors and how we affect it.

African American tribal painting

Week Four Theme: Water Inspiration and Connection

Tue. August 2nd | 6PM to 8PM 
Don’t Rock the Boat: Rock the Mic!

David Allen, event organizer has put together a line-up of local talent: dance, song, music, poetry/spoken word.

Sat. August 6th | 3PM to 5PM
Spiritual Libations

Native American and African religions may be practiced in different parts of the world but they still share the aspect of a unified natural and spiritual world. In the African religions, after long periods of drought, the rain making ceremony was always organized. It involved the offering of libations to the spirits that had caused the drought as away of appeasing them and seeking forgiveness for transgressions within the Native American spirituality, all processes are linked. Native American religion does not differentiate between natural and supernatural events. Accordingly, Native American spirituality honors Mother Earth and the coexistence of life with nature and animals. Hear about the Native American rituals related to water from the Shaman of a local Native American tribe.

water/ways exhibit

Week Five Theme: Water Works for Us

Tue. August 9th | 6PM to 8PM
Sustainable Farming with Aquaponics

Angela TenBroeck, Marineland Mayor, 2021 Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture. In Duval County TenBroeck taught innovative curriculums focused on students interested in professionalizing in medicine or coastal sciences; her initiatives pair entrepreneurship with a social mission. One of those is to channel “reemerging citizens”– formerly incarcerated individuals, veterans, people in recovery, women starting over – into the farming enterprises.

Sat. August 13th | 3PM to 5PM
Coastal Ecology - Fish Camp

Captain Adam Morley, Co-Owner Genung’s Fish Camp, Professional Boat Captain, environmentalist, former president of the Friends of A1A, and co-chair of their A1A Scenic Byway Litter Removal pilot program, discusses environmental causes across the region, and his life as a boast captain and co-owner of a fish camp.

Florida Humanities

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the publications, programs, the exhibition or this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

water quality exhibit

Week Six Theme: Water Quality and Availability

Tue. August 16th | 6PM to 8PM 
Restoring our Oceans: Preserving our Heritage

Kramer Wimberley, Master scuba diver, Researcher and Scuba diving Instructor for Inner City Youth is a member of Diving With a Purpose, an organization with the purpose of restoring oceans for all of humanity and preserving the heritage of people of the African diaspora.

Our world is water exhibit

Week Seven Theme: Water and Human Rights

Sat. August 27th | 3PM to 5PM 
Environmental Ambassador Program for Youth

A youth employment program, teaching youth about water conservation, food safety and environmental awareness. Nkwanda Jah will lead a discussion with the Environmental Ambassadors on the importance of awareness, and an action-oriented approach to environmental problems facing the world today, and how to effectively engage youth in becoming a part of the solution. Nkwanda Jah is an Environmental Advocate, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Chair of the local NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee, and founder of the Environmental Ambassador to youth employment program.
Advance registration is required.

water/ways exhibit hydrotherapy

Week Eight Theme: What’s Your Water Story

Tue. August 30th | 6PM to 8PM
Hydrotherapy: From a Patient Viewpoint

Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating certain medical conditions. Hear about young Caleb Struble’s experience with the healing effects of water therapy. There will be an opportunity for those visiting the museum exhibit this week to record or write their own water story.

Sat. September 3rd | 11AM to 5PM
Water/Ways Closing day : Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the Pirates Invasion

Today is your last chance to experience the Water/Ways Exhibition. Open to the Public. Lots of activities for children and families. Speaker presentations: Black Pirates and the Tale of Black Caesar. Pirates Invasion. Come dressed as a pirate.

Open to the Public, Museum Tour Included, Ticket Required for Entry;

Recurring Activities

  • Free to the public
    Each week will have a different theme.  Week one is “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Four people plus a standard deck of cards equals the best game you’ll ever play. Each deal in bridge is its own mini-adventure. You get to speak in and decipher coded language to determine if you will defend or attack.
    Free admission with ticket. Advance registration is required.

  • $5.00 at the door  A Certified Dance Instructor will lead a session in body movement. Advance registration is not required, however, first time attendees must sign a health waiver and register onsite. Line dance, belly dance, Jazzercise, etc.

  • Free, donations accepted
    From screenings, trailers and “black film” series from our Resource Library we offer cinematic experiences that you can not find anywhere locally.  Come out and enjoy such films as: 
    Their Eyes Were Watching God; Places in the Heart; Blue Lagoon; Dolphin Tale, and others   Advance registration required.

  • Jeffrey A. Turner, Master Deputy Sheriff, Community Policing Division – Marine/Beach Unit Dive Team and Palm Coast Recreation Department invite the audience to learn about Water Safety and You.   Flagler County Fire Departments will host events.  See a Fire Truck onsite and learn about the important work firefighters are engaged in.  Learn about the Watershed and how what we do affects our water in this kid friendly interactive demonstration by Laura La Beur, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Communications, St. Johns River Water Management District.  Lots of fun and educational activities for the entire family!

  • A museum intern will be on hand for story time to read a delightful book about water, such as "We Need Water" by Charles Ghigna and Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle by Emily Kate Moon.  Questions about the Water/Ways exhibition will be answered. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult with a lecture ticket.  Free admission with ticket. Advance registration is required.

Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Program

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. Inaugural funding for the New York State tour was provided by the Smithsonian, Hadley Exhibits, Inc., the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the New York State Canal Corporation.

Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils and museum associations across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Water/Ways and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.