Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the Global Water Story On View at Texas A&M Galveston

Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it.  "H2O Today" is a new Smithsonian exhibition opening at Texas A&M University at Galveston on November 8 with a 3:30 p.m. reception honoring Senator A.R. "Babe" Schwartz of Galveston whose generous support helped bring this exciting exhibit to the university's Jack Williams Library.  The exhibit will remain in the library for the next two years.

The exhibit examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. "H2O Today" is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).  It dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than 3 percent is drinkable.  It explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape.

The exhibition highlights its criticality in daily life worldwide through water power, industry, agriculture and home use.  Visitors will learn the affects climate change, population growth and pollution have on the water cycle and weather patterns as well as the creative ways people around the world are tackling the challenges of water shortages and pollution.

The exhibition 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.

"H2O Today" was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (www.amnh.org) and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; The Field Museum in Chicago; Instituto Sangari in Sao Paulo; National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
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 sites.si.edu.