The weather in Michigan may be frightful, but Science Gallery Lab Detroit’s first year has been delightful. We hope you enjoy these highlights of what we’ve been up to in 2017.
BEHIND THE SCENES
We were lucky enough to send team members to Dublin twice this year to learn and gather inspiration from the first Science Gallery. Our director, Troy Livingston, along with MSU Hub leaders Jeff Grabill, Leigh Graves Wolf, and Mark Sullivan, visited for the opening of HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY, while designers Caroline White and Erin Campbell got a behind-the-scenes look at SOUND CHECK. Find out more about our team's takeaways in these blog posts.
SGLD RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT FROM MSUFCU
We were thrilled to announce in October that Science Gallery Lab Detroit will receive one million dollars from our founding partner, the MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). This funding, which will be distributed in yearly $200,000 increments over the next five years, will support our upcoming launch, as well as SGLD’s future exhibition development, production, community engagement efforts, and staffing needs.
OUR TEAM GROWS
We’re delighted to welcome Natasha T Miller to the SGLD team as our Community Engagement Manager. A Detroit, MI native, Natasha is a performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the Artists Inn Detroit. She has been a member of four national slam teams, and she is a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time- top five finalist. Natasha’s palpable love for Detroit makes her an amazing choice to help SGLD connect with and inspire local youth.
Natasha is SGLD's first full-time hire, but she isn't alone! Our friends at Michigan State University's Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology will be providing invaluable communications, event development, education, and production support leading up to our first exhibition. Hub team members include: Teal Amthor-Shaffer, Erin Campbell, Jordyn Davis, Gabe Duran, Jeff Grabill, Ellie Louson, Ashton Keys, Rashad Muhammad, Mark Sullivan, Caroline White, and Leigh Graves Wolf.
THE STEAM ENGINE
In November, we partnered with Will 'The Poet' Langford and Natasha T Miller to host The STEAM Engine, a science-themed poetry slam. From the functions of the medulla oblongata to the science of sound waves, premier spoken word artists from across the region explored a range of scientific topics as they competed for the top spot – taken by poet Siaara Freeman. Check out the amazing talent of our competitors here.
In conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), we launched The Intersection, a series of panel discussions pairing STEM-inspired artists with researchers and educators in those fields. Check out our first conversation between visual artist Sam Van Aken and MSU Foundation Professor Dr. Beronda Montgomery as they explore natural phenomena as transformative metaphors, and stay tuned in January for details on the upcoming talks.
The open call for our first exhibition, HUSTLE, ended on December 15th. We asked scientists, artists, and anyone inspired by our theme to consider what it means to work hard or get worked over, and they certainly delivered. Narrowing down the 86 submissions to a set of up to 20 finalists won’t be easy. We’ll be hard at work until the end of February finding the best cross-section of proposals that explore the spirit of the hustle for our summer 2018 exhibition.
With HUSTLE opening in the summer and our team constantly growing, we're looking forward to a new year full of excitement and learning. See you in 2018!