Science Gallery Detroit and Michigan Science Center to host “Summer of Science”

Free summer-long science related programming for youth and young adults

DETROIT – Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Detroit, the first and only North American location of the global Science Gallery Network, is launching DEPTH, its premier 2019 exhibit, in partnership with the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). DEPTH will be located on the upper level of the Michigan Science Center from June 8 through August 17, 2019. The exhibition is free to the public and includes free general admission to Michigan Science Center, which includes: 250 hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from Smithsonian, Kids Town Gallery, STEM Playground and more.

As part of an international gallery network growing local roots in Detroit, Science Gallery Detroit merges science and art to ignite a passion for art and science in young adults by presenting exhibits in connective, participative and surprising ways. Like all Science Gallery exhibits, DEPTH is geared toward youth ages 15-25, an often-ignored population among museums and galleries.

Instead of traditional docents, Science Gallery Detroit offers “mediators,” ages 18-25, who help guide visitors through brief storytelling experiences to excite further curiosity and bring the exhibition to life.

“Science Gallery represents the future of how Michigan State University engages Detroit and the State of Michigan. Science Gallery is bold, thoughtful, and engaged with cutting edge art and science,” said Jeff Grabill, Science Gallery Detroit Director and MSU associate provost for teaching, learning and technology. “We are part of an international network of universities and galleries designed to ignite passion for creativity and problem solving through the blending of art, science, and conversation. The Michigan Science Center’s reputation for informal science education made it an ideal host location choice for DEPTH.”

DEPTH features more than 25 interactive, thought-provoking installments from exhibitors across the world, further bolstering Detroit’s rising importance as an arts, culture and travel destination point. There are also more than 12 MSU researchers participating in the show.

A short description of a few exhibits can be found below:

Along the River of Spacetime: Elizabeth LaPensee, Ph.D and MSU faculty will create a virtual reality game which shares Anishinaabeg teachings relating to land practices, star knowledge, and quantum physics in an interactive non-linear journey about restoring rivers and its eco-systems by activating Anishinaabe constellations.

Sound Mural of Detroit: hear the bellows of Detroit students as they share water-related anecdotes through poem. This copper pipe exhibit will be displayed three stories high through a winding staircase. While viewing this sculpture, visitors can turn a spigot on the copper pipes and hear the children’s stories recorded through the pipes.

Fog of Dawn: MSU’s assistant professor of molecular biology will feature five self-contained habitats which, each two-weeks apart, are inoculated with cells of the moss Physcomitrella, one of the most ancient lineages of land plants. A last one will project humanity into the future, with colonization of Mars. The project intends to fuel discussions about deep space exploration, terraforming, and synthetic biology.

Detroit Water Portrait: clear prisms are filled with mud collected from bodies of water throughout Detroit. Vibrant gradient colors form in the sculpture, as the microbial life naturally present in the mud begins to flourish. This life continuously grows throughout the exhibition, creating a constantly changing portrait of Detroit’s bodies of water.

Eternal: Made from plastic bags, this larger than life-size jellyfish floats from the ceiling, pointing toward the issue of plastic in the ocean and the dangers it presents for ocean wildlife.

“Michigan Science Center is thrilled to host Science Gallery Detroit’s DEPTH exhibition as our vision is to engage and empower all children and all communities with STEM” said John Anderson, Interim CEO of Michigan Science Center. “Summer of Science extends free access to MiSci’s interactive exhibits and programs designed to help mitigate summer learning loss and set-up students for success in the coming school year.”

To reserve Summer of Science tickets, which includes admission to DEPTH and free general admission to Michigan Science Center, visit: www.Detroit.ScienceGallery.com

DEPTH is sponsored by MSU’s Science Gallery Detroit founding partner, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), in partnership with the Michigan Science Center, and is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.





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