Sometimes, the best way to get things done is to do it yourself! We've heard museums say that for years. Imagine, if you could do it yourself, BUT there was a trusted, helping hand to assist with research, graphics, and design. H20 Today, a new traveling exhibition about problem solving, conservation and the global challenges of water usage, might just be the happy medium museums have been looking for! Let us tell you why . . .
1. Sign the license agreement, submit payment, and you're off!
Once we’ve received both a fully executed agreement and full payment, all the digital content and design materials will be sent to you via an external hard drive within 30 days. Please plan to submit your interpretive plan to the exhibition project director, Sara Artes, at email@example.com at least 90 days before your opening date.
2. No facilities report!
Unlike other Smithsonian traveling exhibitions, museums interested in H20 Today don't have to submit an AAM facility report for our review and approval, and there is no set itinerary for which to reserve a specific booking slot. Once you’ve reviewed the marketing materials and we’ve discussed any preliminary questions you might have, simply let us know that you’re ready to book and we’ll send you the license agreement (i.e. exhibition contract).
3. Greater flexibility to the start and conclusion dates of your exhibition.
A two-year license period starts from the date of your fully executed license agreement and is inclusive of planning, fabrication, installation, and display time.
4. You choose which components to build to help your local story unfold.
One of the benefits to this build-it-yourself exhibition format is that host venues can decide which interactive(s) to build. You know your capacity and audience best, as well as the specific water issues that affect your community and region. Build them all or don’t build any; the core H20 Today panel exhibition is engaging and complete on its own, and will be enhanced by whichever interactive(s) you elect to include in your presentation.
5. Ability to control your costs.
The costs of the interactive components will vary depending on several factors such as the fabrication materials you choose, your timeline, location, and in-house capacity and resources. We were mindful to include a diverse range of interactives with fabrication costs that range from $300 to $1,500 each, based on quotes that we’ve obtained. Production/fabrication of the exhibition panels are a separate expense, and estimated from $3,000 - $20,000 total, again depending on the materials you choose and your organization’s in-house capacity and resources. In some instances we’ve provided information for purchasing off-the-shelf components that might make things easier.
*Please note that this is an estimate and for planning purposes only.
6. Fabrication help is only a phone call away.
If you encounter any problems with the exhibition, please contact the project director, Sara Artes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-633-3113.
7. You can create your own interactives or supplement(s) to include in the H20 Today presentation.
Be creative! Please include descriptions of your interactives or supplements with the interpretive plan mentioned above. And note that content added by the licensee is subject to SITES approval and should be labeled in a way that clearly indicates it is an augmentation of the core exhibition.
8. It's part of the Smithsonian's #thinkWater initiative.
“Think Water” is a Smithsonian initiative bringing together exhibitions, educational resources and public programs to foster important national and global conversations, and to develop innovative civic engagement and citizen science projects for community and student interaction with rivers and waterways.
9. The program is also connected with State Humanities Councils and our Museum on Main Street program.
SITES’ Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program develops critical partnerships with state humanities councils to bring Smithsonian traveling exhibitions to small towns. H2O Today complements the MoMS exhibition Water/Ways, which has similar themes but is exclusively designed for host venues in rural communities.
For more information on how to maximize the impact of your H20 Today presentation within your state and to get connected to your state humanities council, please contact Carol Harsh, Director, Museum on Main Street, at email@example.com or 202.633.5333.