Watershed for Families


Activities for Families and Children

These downloadable activities and upcoming in-person events are designed to connect you and your family with the content on UMMA's exhibition Watershed — learn about the Great Lakes, see how artists deal with complex issues, and discover ways to make a healthy environment! Activities and events are best suited for children ages 5 and up.

No registration required!

Summer 2022

DIY Tour & Activity at UMMA

Pick up an illustrated activity kit at the front desk and use it to explore Watershed and learn more about the art and the artists on display. The kit also provides materials necessary to make your own sunprint cyanotype, just like some of the artists in Watershed!

11am to 1pm
Location: UMMA
Free and open to the public

Healthy Rivers Event at U-M Museum of Natural History

Build a river and watch what happens during a flood! You'll learn more about rivers and watersheds at this hands-on event. Dip your hands into our 10-foot model of a river and work together with others on an art activity to learn how rivers form and what it takes to keep water fresh and safe. How does pollution spread? How do we limit erosion? How do the ways people use land affect a river?

1pm to 4pm
Location: U-M Museum of Natural History
Free and open to the public


Illustrated Gallery Guide for Watershed

Visit on your own time and get more from Watershed with this illustrated gallery guide. Print it off before you arrive and follow the prompts as you explore the gallery and learn more about the art and artists of the Great Lakes region!

Download Guide


Watershed brings recent work from fifteen contemporary artists to UMMA for an exhibition that immerses visitors in the interconnected histories, present lives, and imagined futures of the Great Lakes region.

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Exhibition Support

Lead support for Watershed is provided by the U-M Office of the Provost, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Susan and Richard Gutow, and the U-M Institute for the Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, Graham Sustainability Institute, and the Department of English Language and Literature. Special thanks to Margaret Noodin and Michael Zimmerman, Jr. for translating the gallery texts into Anishinaabemowin.