The Science Center was beyond thrilled to celebrate its 30th Anniversary on March 9th. The evening was an absolute smash, and we are so grateful to all who came to celebrate this huge event with us! Thanks to everyone who was involved, the Science Center was able to raise over $5,000 in funds that will benefit our in-house program participants, support our animals, and help make a lasting impact on youth and families in our wonderful region. And with the assistance from some truly talented artists and photographers, our building now features gorgeous artwork depicting the numerous things science is to all of us, making us a truly smART museum. Alongside the works featured on our banners, 17 artists contributed beautiful photos, paintings, and mixed media pieces featuring what science is to them as a part of our silent auction. For more information on each photo, double click on each slideshow.
With amazing music from Skylar Capri floating through the atmosphere all evening, guests mingled, had the chance to enjoy delicious food from Graffiti's while sipping on cranberry Moscow Mules courtesy of Tito's Vodka, amazing ales from Props Brewery, and wine for every palette courtesy of Taste. This of course led to some of our guests being brave enough to approach our animal ambassadors and test out several of our museum exhibits.
Director Diane Fraser spoke during the event about the importance of the Science Center to our community over the last 30 years, and gave thanks to the many people like Alexis Tibbetts and Cindy Frakes, who both brought the museum to life, and those who have assisted the center through sponsorships, exhibit building, and support of our mission.
We'd also like to extend our huge thanks to the staff at The Hive--they assisted in planning and executing this event, ensuring every last detail--including some out of this world balloon art--made the evening one to remember.
We are so happy to have reached this milestone and loved celebrating with so many wonderful guests. The growth the Science Center has achieved over the past 30 years has been incredible, and we look forward to bringing families and students amazing encounters for many years to come.
This event was such a wonderful reminder of why the museum exists:
To help a home school student discover his interest in coding and programming advanced robotics.
To help a young woman discover she loves to tinker, build, and engineer.
To help families make discoveries together under the night sky in our planetarium.
To help students discover an entirely new way to learn in SMALLab.
...and so, so much more.
We do discovery, but we can't do it without you. Your support makes so many of these moments of wonder happen, and it builds an exciting future for so many learners. Here's to another 30 years of inspiring and growing a scientifically engaged community together.