"We Are Water MN"

“We Are Water MN” explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events, and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship.

2020-2021 "We Are Water MN" Host Communities Announced!

The Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and their statewide partners are pleased to announce that the popular statewide exhibit, “We Are Water MN,” will be continuing in 2020 and 2021 – spanning the state at six new host sites.

April 16-June 15, 2020

June 18-August 17, 2020

August 20-October 19, 2020

October 22-December 21, 2020

January 7-March 8, 2021
St. Paul

March 11–May 10, 2021

Nibi Walks

Nibi Walks

Build your relationship with water in Minnesota through the Anishinaabe spiritual and cultural practice of Nibi Walks. During the Nibi Walk, participants will pray and sing for the water, and observe the conditions of the water and land around it.

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Water Stories from Minnesota

Water Stories from Minnesota

No one knows the waters of Minnesota like the people who live here. Listen to stories from parents, children, fishers, farmers, indigenous Minnesotans, immigrants to Minnesota, water professionals, and people who just love to be out on the lake.

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We are the Headwaters

We are the Headwaters

Minnesota sits atop a triple-continental-scale water divide. This means that we do not receive polluted water from a state with lower environmental standards. But it also means we have a responsibility to keep water clean for our communities, other states and nations, and future generations. “We Are Water MN” explores the question, “How’s the water?”

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Jennifer Tonko Water Voices

Jan. 10, 2019 By Jennifer Tonko

Water Voices

“We Are Water MN” is a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary conversation among those who protect and affect water. We build relationships in greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities region.

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Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Join us for fun, challenging, fascinating events that help build thoughtful, literate, and engaged Minnesotans.

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Native Nations of Minnesota

Native Nations of Minnesota

In this place now called Minnesota, we learn from Dakota and Ojibwe people through stories of this land and its first people.

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