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Beaver Island has been expressly chosen by the Michigan Humanities Council to host “Water|Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Michigan from June 23, 2018 through April 7, 2019. Beaver Island is the exhibit’s first stop.
“Water|Ways, an exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, explores the relationship between people and water. It explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning, and its impact on culture and spirituality. “Water/Ways” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.
From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Beaver Island Historical Society, in cooperation with Michigan Humanities Council, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water|Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water|Ways” will be on view June 23, 2018 through August 5, 2018.
“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.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Water|Ways” will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of state humanities councils, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.
“Water is an important part of everyone’s life and we are excited to explore what it means culturally, socially and spiritually in our own community,” said Lori Taylor-Blitz. “We want to convene conversations about water and have developed local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”
“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. The public can participated in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.
“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 across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.
Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.
**The six host sites and dates of the exhibit are:
(North) Charlevoix County Venue: Beaver Island Historical Society will host at St. James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave.
June 23 – August 5, 2018
HOURS: 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. Monday – Saturday, and 1 – 4 P.M. Sunday
East Jordan (North) Charlevoix County
Venue: Raven Hill Discovery Center
August 11 – September 23, 2018
Big Rapids (West Central) Mecosta County
September 29 – November 11, 2018
Harrisville (East Central) Alcona County
Venue: Alcona Public Library
November 17 – December 30, 2018
Niles (Southwest) Berrien County
Venue: Niles Public Library
January 5 – February 17, 2019
Owosso (East Central) Shiawassee County
Venue: Shiawassee Arts Center
February 23 – April 7, 2019
Local Contact: Beaver Island Historical Society, Lori Taylor-Blitz; (231) 448-2254; firstname.lastname@example.org
State Council Contact: James Nelson; (email@example.com; 517) 372-7770
Smithsonian Contact: Jennifer Schommer, (202) 633-3121; firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover Beaver Island history with the annual Museum Week full of informative and entertaining events including: music; presentations on nature, history, and Native American culture; nature walks and cruises, and an art show. Museum Week 2017 was the most amazing and well attended ever, so you don’t want to miss Museum Week 2018.
Founded in 2003, the first event was appropriately named “Music in the Woods”. BIMF brought the sound of music to the hardwood forests of Beaver Island and that tradition continues today. More information is at www.bimf.net.
The BIC Center and WVBI are proud sponsors of the 2018 Beaver Island Music Festival.
For centuries, strains of music have risen from the deep green forests of Beaver Island. Today this age-old tradition continues in the form of the Beaver Island Music Festival, at a gathering place nestled in the upland hardwoods of Beaver Isle’s West Side. The Festival is a rich mix of music, art, and nature, a sweet summer balm for the restless heart and hurried mind of the outer world.” So if you are looking for that perfect vacation that has your days filled with exploring and relaxing, mixed with trips to town for shopping, museums, restaurants, a dip in beautiful Lake Michigan, and evenings that contain glorious star lit skies with air breathing the sounds of music, join us the third weekend in July for this three day event.
Check our BIMFx events elsewhere on the island both before, during and after the Music Festival.
The Beaver Island Music Festival is brought to you by Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities (PARC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
WVBI’s Jazz Night Watch takes you through Beaver Island nights in style with a mix of traditional and contemporary jazz. Occasional specials include looks at new music, artist and theme focused shows and seasonal favorites. Hosted by Kevin Boyle.
Monday through Friday overnight from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. (with a break on Friday for the Midnight Special from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.), Saturday overnight from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Sunday overnight from 11 p.m.until 6 a.m.
Inside Europe, a one-hour weekly news magazine hosted by Helen Seeney, explores the topical issues shaping the continent. No other part of the globe has experienced such dynamic political and social change in recent years, and with Brexit underway the pace of change there will only accelerate. Keep up to date on what’s happening there and how it will it affect our world–near and far.
Saturday mornings at 7:00 on WVBI. Feed your soul and your mind.™
Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. It’s a Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ that is one of public radio’s most popular shows. And, it’s right here to help you get your Saturday morning off to a start knowing more than you did Friday night. Hopefully. No warranties or anything.
Saturday mornings at 8:00 on WVBI. Feed your soul and your mind.™
WVBI’s Cottage Mix is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’ll get next–but it’ll be good. And on Saturday its non-stop music. In addition to current and recent hits, you’ll hear your favorite oldies, some country, a bit of folk and jazz, Celtic and Irish tunes, and cuts from artists who’ve performed on the island. We call it the Cottage Mix because it has something for every musical taste in your cottage.
Let us know what you’d like to hear. Email us at email@example.com or call us at our BIC Center studios on 231-448-2022.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on WVBI. We are the Voice of Beaver Island.
Beaver’s six inland lakes vary widely in their chemical, physical, and biological makeup. Join the island’s most knowledgeable field guide, Dan Benjamin, as he guides participants through the history and the mechanisms driving such great diversity in a small area. Benjamin has taught classes at CMUBS, led numerous field trips, and has a vested interest in the natural and cultural history of the Beaver Island. $25 includes sack lunch. Contact the Beaver Island Historical Society for reservations and tickets. Contact CMUBS for event details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please arrive at the main campus of the CMU Biological Station 15 minutes early.
Join us as we count down the Top Ten + Five songs based on a highly scientific poll of all the customers at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop.
Well, have you ever seen an unsophisticated person at a coffee shop? We didn’t think so. Each week the results of our topical poll are sealed in a mayonnaise jar and buried behind the shop. Then, just before the show they are dug up by a Beaver Island beaver, delivered to our host(s) and presented to you.
Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. with an encore presentation Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on WVBI.
“A Summer Story Hike, Story Walk”
Michigan children’s author and illustrator, Lori Taylor, is bringing a portable Story Walk program to get kids reading and moving along a creative, sensory walk to the pages of her The Young GeEK’s Guide to Getting Outside book. The outdoors Story Walk is read one set of pages as a time along the Story Path where kids will follow the fun set of instructions and creatively MOVE to the next PAGE set as Taylor guides them to the end of the book. After the walk, Taylor’s puppets will introduce a short Backyard Bingo scavenger hunt to be played Taylor’s and a coloring page poster will be available at the end.
Lori Taylor is a bog stomping, trail stumbling Michigan artist, author, and illustrator in hiking boots who captures children with her tales only to release them into their wild imagination and the great outdoors to find their own story. Inspired from her home among the pines and ponds of Clarkston, Lori knew that drawing, writing, nature, books, and science would be her life. Her motto is, “story is found outdoors!”
Lori’s humorous, realistic fictional HOLLY WILD series was selected as a “Great Lakes, Great Reads” from the Historical Society of Michigan, has won awards for book illustration at Michigan fine art fairs, been artist-in-residence for Michigan’s state and national parks, and a seasonal natural and educational exhibit preparator for Michigan parks and nature centers.
Lori lives in the heart of the Manistee National Forest in Bitely, MI. When she is not making books, she is wandering wild places in search of story.
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