SCIENCE + ART  Winter-Spring  2020  events

Experiment with Cultivate.  New venues.  New nights.  New #SciArt mashups.

Something Different for Happy Hour...
Enjoy a little science presentation, art creation, and conversation.

$15, Students FREE, Educator discount.  No experience needed!

This is meant to be a fun, informal, community event for adults & youths.

Be sure to keep scrolling down to see the latest, as we continue to add events.

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Rutledge Cab Co.

1300 Rutledge Ave.  • . Charleston, SC

Great food, $1 off happy hour all event long.  Free parking.

10% evening sales will be donated by Rutledge Cab Co. to support more Community Science + Art!

Long after an industrial plant has closed its doors, the surrounding lands bear its mark through the presence of heavy metals and other hazardous chemicals.  Did you know heavy metals are a serious problem in much of the soils in North Charleston and the upper peninsula? The Environmental Protection Agency refers to these properties as brownfields, and there are 10 listed Federal Brownfield sites in Charleston County alone.  Dr. Florence Anoruo, Plant Physiologist and Environmental Biologist, South Carolina  State University, and Visiting Scientist, Department of Energy (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, researches the use of plants to remove heavy metals from contaminated soils.  Catch her fresh on her return from COP25 UN Climate Change Conference and global environmental justice discussions.  Join us to find out what plants may help cleanup our own backyards. And Marielena Martinez will introduce us to the magical art of Ebru, floating paints in water and wicking our pictures out onto paper.  Let’s hope we can find the right plants to wick out soil pollution as easily. 

We are excited to also have Conservation Voters of South Carolina joining us.  CVSC fights for our air, water, land, and energy through political action.  They are bipartisan, pragmatic and effective, working to hold South Carolina legislators accountable for their conservation votes and actions.  They will share about their current campaigns to keep chemicals out of our environment.

And more exciting news - Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) will be joining to share what this awesome North Charleston community alliance is all about.  As part of  Charleston Community Research to Action Board (CCRAB), LAMC used citizen science and research institute collaborations to conduct  soil sampling and GIS mapping to measure dangerous chemicals in North Charleston neighborhoods. They are now taking a similar approach to address air pollution as well.

Photo by Heather Moran

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Rutledge Cab Co.

1300 Rutledge Ave.  • . Charleston, SC

Great food, $1 off happy hour all event long.  Free parking.

10% evening sales will be donated by Rutledge Cab Co. to support more Community Science + Art!

Rise early and you are rewarded with the melodies of songbirds.  But why do they sing? Animal behaviorist and evolutionary biologist Dr. Melissa Hughes will share highlights from her research into the sounds of songbirds.  What do these signals mean? How are they used? How do they vary? We will explore the diversity of bird songs to bring a new appreciation to our Carolina morning soundscapes.  Marielena Martinez will then show us how to turn these soundscapes into abstract art, inspired by some of the work of Joan Miro. Through pen & ink we will turn sounds into patterns, and then add emotion and imagery with watercolors -- all while being inspired by early morning bird songs.  

 

Audubon South Carolina will also be on hand to advise participants on native plantings and habitat to appreciate more birds in their own backyards, with native perennial seeds to take home. They will discuss their policy initiatives for the coming year and how participants can help advocate for birds. We hope you will join us for this exciting collaboration of science, art and community in action.

Photo by Heather Moran

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Rutledge Cab Co.

1300 Rutledge Ave.  • . Charleston, SC

Great food, $1 off happy hour all event long.  Free parking.

10% evening sales will be donated by Rutledge Cab Co. to support more Community Science + Art!

Can we digitize and transmit touch the way we have images and sounds?  What could we do with such technology? Join us for an engaging conversation about emerging technologies capable of transmitting touch with Dr. David Parisi, Associate Professor of Emerging Media in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston.  Haptic smartphone screens are just the tip of the iceberg.  What if you could wear a t-shirt for friends to send you hugs on a tough day?  How about explore the Brazilian rainforest, complete with sweat and itchy bug bites? Or step foot on Antarctica?  What are the possibilities? What are the concerns? Prepare to have your imagination blown and the opportunity to take home your own signed copy of Parisi’s new book, Archaeologies of Touch. Then experience the complexities of touch as Marielena Martinez introduces us to encaustic painting.  Using rough textures of wood and sandpaper, hot wax and cool surfaces, you will further appreciate all the information we gather through touch and make some beautiful images along the way.

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Palmetto Brewing

289 Huger St  • . Charleston, SC

Great food and drinks.  Free parking.

$1/pint will be donated by Palmetto Brewing Co. to support more Community Science + Art!

Research indicates we are on the brink of the next mass extinction.  How do scientists know this? One of the most valuable resources for evolutionary biology and ecology is museum collections. Dr. Norma Salcedo is a biologist who specializes in the development and use of museum collections to promote a better understanding of biodiversity. Here is your chance to view up close some of the 500,000 unique specimens of larval, juvenile and adult fish and invertebrates housed at the Grice Marine Lab collection. And discover the insights and value each individual specimen provides. Then dive into pop art with Marilena Martinez, who will inspire us with some Andy Warhol history to help you create your own pop art fish reproductions using vibrant colors and recycled-styrofoam.

Drop-ins Welcome, but RSVP appreciated.

We are excited to announce

a FREE Cultivate SciArt Evening at the Gibbes Museum of Art,

sponsored by the South Carolina Aquarium 

Changing climate, populations, and lifestyles have impacted longstanding traditions of coastal communities. Join us for an interactive evening merging art, culture, and science with Cultivate SciArt and Albert George, director of conservation at the SC Aquarium. Participants will learn about the history of Gullah sweetgrass baskets and culture, reflect on how museum pieces capture this history, discuss the shared challenges climate change brings to our coastline, paths to resilience, all while creating their own woven work of art using natural fibers and enjoying complimentary food and beverages from Destiny Community Cafe.

ALL ARE WELCOME for this special FREE community event.

But space is limited, so reserve your tickets soon.

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Palmetto Brewing

289 Huger St  • . Charleston, SC

Great food and drinks.  Free parking.

$1/pint will be donated by Palmetto Brewing Co. to support more Community Science + Art!

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