The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council that will allow the LGAA to be the host of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit called Water/Ways in 2019.

Locust Grove was chosen as one of five towns in Oklahoma for this opportunity, based on a grant co-written by Marsha Whalen Downum and Shaun Perkins.

The exhibit, on display for six weeks from Oct. 21 to Dec. 7, 2019, will be housed at the VFW Hall, Post 3573, 116 Broadway. Supplementary activities, such as a Wonder City Wonders Chautauqua, lectures, contests, and more will also take place there or at other downtown locations.

The LGAA encourages everyone, especially school groups, to experience the exhibit and the activities associated with it. You can book a group tour at the LGAA website,

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

If you would like to get involved with this exhibit in any capacity, please contact LGAA President & Water/Ways project director Jennifer Henson,, 918- 530-1902, or Water/Ways site manager Shaun Perkins,, 918- 864-9152. For more information, visit

Water/Ways has been made possible in Locust Grove by Oklahoma Humanities.

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.