Monday, May 7 | Submitted by Charlotte McCoy | Downtown Central
Exhibit opens on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Discovery Center of Springfield.
Discovery Center of Springfield will be among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States when the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit opens. A project of American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday impact of race.
“At the Discovery Center of Springfield we’re proud to present innovative, cutting-edge exhibits,” says Emily Fox, Executive Director. “RACE gives us an opportunity to step up and be a leader in the museum community when it comes to helping visitors explore race and racism and tackle an issue that’s important to our community and our country. Our visitors know we are – and always will be – a place for hands-on science learning that appeals to all ages. We also want them to think and talk about important social issues in which science plays a role, and we want to give them the space and the tools to do that.”
The RACE exhibit is part of a larger public education project from American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The project is intended to inform and shape the national dialogue about race. In addition to the exhibit, the initiative includes a website, educational materials, and conferences designed to share research and information with the public.
Three perspectives on a wide-reaching topic
The RACE exhibit addresses the topics of race and racism from three different perspectives. The three sections are interwoven and tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact.
Science Museum exhibit developers, designers, and fabricators have worked hard to make RACE an approachable exhibit that promotes discovery, discussion and reflection.
In addition, RACE features the photography of Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie, who specializes in documenting the changing cultural landscape of the Twin Cities. His Lake Street USA project transformed six miles of Minneapolis’ Lake Street into a public art project that earned national attention in 2000. (Please note: Select Wing Young Huie images are available for media use. Contact Sarah Imholte at (651) 221-9412 or email@example.com for access.)
Additional events during this exhibit
Purchase pre-paid admission tickets or reserve a group visit to compliment corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives or training.
Rent one of Discovery Center’s meeting spaces to host a corporate meeting, teambuilding event or diversity and inclusion training at Discovery Center incorporating the RACE exhibition experience.
Additional events are being planned. For details on corporate reservations call Charlotte at 417-862-9910 Ext 713. Check the website for further details at www.discoverycenter.org.
RACE will be open daily in the Discovery Center and will be in 3 separate galleries on the west side in the LEED Gold Certified building. It will run through September 9, 2012 then continue on a tour of museums and science centers across the country. RACE could be closed during special events.
Admission to RACE is included in Discovery Center general admission $9.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors, and $7.00 for children ages 3 to 15. For information on corporate events call Charlotte McCoy at 417-862-9910 Ext 713 or check our website at www.discoverycenter.org
Discovery Center of Springfield is a hands-on interactive science center located at 438 E St. Louis in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Completing an expansion project in September, 2006 to be the 1st LEED Gold Certified building in southwest Missouri. Discovery Center is open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is free to members and children 2 & under. $9.00 adults, $8.00 seniors and $7.00 children (3-15).