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Who is hosting this exhibition?

CMU Libraries, in collaboration with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries, are creating a community virtual exhibit that conveys the impact of flooding and big water events in Michigan on the people who live in this area. 


  • We will be accepting submissions March through May.
  • The exhibition will launch in September of 2021.


What is the purpose of this exhibition? 

This exhibition will highlight the impact that large water events in Michigan have had on individuals or groups including their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and responses.

  • Big water events include floods, rainstorms, pollution, water quality, erosion, or other incidents involving the rivers, lakes, streams, and water supply in Michigan.
  • May include but is not limited to recent flood events in 2017 and 2020.


Who can submit to the exhibit?

  • There is no entry fee, and people of all ages may submit works of art or research that depicts the impact of recent big water events on the people who live in
    Michigan.
  • We welcome submissions from those who have been directly impacted by these events and those who have not.
  • All submissions should provide insight into how these extreme water events impacted at least one person.
  • All members of the Michigan community are welcome and encouraged to submit work as all members of the community have been impacted and have a story to tell.
  • A parent or guardian needs to fill out the Exhibition Application form for those 13 and under.


What kind of works will we accept?

Original works in any medium or area of research.

  • Written or spoken words such as journalism or poetry
  • 2D such as painting, drawing, photography, or mixed media
  • 3D such as sculptures, fiber art, or 3D printing
  • Audio-visual such as video or podcast
  • Recorded performances of original works such as music or dance.
  • Any combination of the above



Download a PDF Exhibition Application (For reference only. Please use the online form to submit your exhibition information.)
Learn more about Big Water, Big Impact:

Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan presentation
This virtual presentation took place on Thursday, February 18, 2021 and was co-sponsored by the University Libraries, Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries. This event was made possible by a grant from the American Library Association.


Decoding the Weather Machine
In this two-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change and discover how Earth’s intricate systems are changing.



This virtual exhibition is co-sponsored by CMU Libraries and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries, and
is made possible by a grant from the American Library Association.

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Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association.