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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 Mid-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 Mid-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 Mid-Michigan.
  • May include but is not limited to recent flood events in 2017 and 2020.


Who can submit to the exhibit?

  • 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
    Mid-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 Mid-Michigan community are welcome and encouraged to submit work as all members of the community have been impacted and have a story to tell.


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


Work may be submitted beginning in March 2021.
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.