The traveling exhibition — 'We Are Water MN' — opens Thursday at the Rochester Art Center.

A project of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the exhibit seeks to engage Minnesotans with one of the state’s most important natural resource through personal stories, historical content and scientific information.

"The Rochester Art Center is delighted to host 'We Are Water MN' and celebrate water as a vital resource with the community through shared stories, history, science and art,” said Pamela Hugdahl, of the Rochester Art Center.

“We are pleased to simultaneously present 'David Bowen: on water,' an exhibition of artworks that rely on data and robotics to reflect the infinite ways we impact and are impressed by water. We hope the conversations that result from these exhibitions and related programs will help shape our community's appreciation of water, whether it be in the Zumbro, traveling down a gutter, or dripping from a faucet.”

The Humanities Center exhibit, which will run through May 9, was brought to Rochester through combined efforts of the city, Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District and other local partners.

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In addition to the main exhibit, two companion exhibits will be available.

An exhibit at 125 Live focuses on local groundwater and drinking water issues.

Another exhibit looks at the history of water use in our region and is on display at the History Center of Olmsted County.

Details on virtual events hosted by partners can be found on the 'We Are Water MN' Rochester website at

More events will be added while the exhibit is here and throughout the summer, with a possibility for in-person events following current safety guidelines.

Since 'We Are Water MN' began touring in 2016, more than 2,000 stories about water have been collected.