Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Detroit received a $200,000 grant from Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. The contribution will help fund programming for Science Gallery Detroit's DEPTH Exhibition, opening June 8 at the Michigan Science Center.

Part art gallery, part science lab, part theater, Science Gallery Detroit’s DEPTH exhibit will explore the world’s connection to water. Featuring more than two dozen installations, DEPTH will include works from artists and scientists worldwide, in addition to works from MSU researchers.

The grant from Science Sandbox will help produce the DEPTH exhibition and deliver community programming throughout the summer. In keeping with the Science Gallery model, both the exhibition and programming will be free and open to the public from June 8 to Aug. 17.

“Science Sandbox has an excellent, well-earned reputation for supporting emerging and cutting edge approaches to public engagement with science,” said Jeff Grabill, director of Science Gallery Detroit and MSU associate provost for teaching, learning and technology. “We are thrilled to be counted among the projects they support and eager to learn from this relationship. The partnership with Science Sandbox will ensure high-quality experiences for visitors, particularly those ages 15-25, for whom Science Gallery is focused on engaging.”

DEPTH will explore water’s intense power – one that creates catastrophic storms and floods – while also showcasing the beauty and life it brings. Water composes most of the human body and much of the natural world, but there are shortages, droughts and pollution. DEPTH will invite visitors to imagine the future of humanity in relation to water and asks: what will that future be?

"Art has the unique power to transform science in ways that make it more relevant, meaningful and inclusive to a broad range of people," said Greg Boustead, director of Science Sandbox. “We’re thrilled to partner with Science Gallery Detroit to help bring this interactive exhibition to the Detroit community."

Last year, more than 10,000 visitors attended Science Gallery Detroit’s inaugural exhibit HUSTLE.

To make a contribution to Science Gallery Detroit, contact: Jeff Grabill,