Cultivating the Next Generation of STEAM Leaders Through an Art & Tech Collaboration
Meatpacking District Announces ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology, A Temporary Activity Center for Children
New York, NY – (February ##, 2017) – The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology, an exciting partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI.)
A two-month long series of workshops, installations, and interactive activities, ARTech will provide children the opportunity to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in an entertaining and engaging environment. The program is designed to inspire young minds to utilize these disciplines in their daily lives and to consider the impact of STEAM on the world in which they live. Art combined with technology enhances problem-solving skills, encourages innovative solutions to old problems, inspires experimentation, and promotes collaboration – ARTech seeks to facilitate this type of experiential education for children and their families.
The Meatpacking BID will use an 8000 sq. ft., beautifully renovated, vacant retail storefront as the location for this dynamic pop-up activity center. As art and technology are among the crucial sectors defining the district’s commerce today, the Meatpacking BID developed ARTech to cultivate the next generation of artists, inventors, scientists and visionaries. ARTech leverages the generosity, ingenuity and creativity of our community and creates an indoor haven of exploration for children and families at no cost to the attendees.
As Executive Director of the Meatpacking BID, Lauren Danziger spearheads the strategy behind the initiative and states “The Meatpacking District is a dynamic hub of activity across many sectors. While the districts food and shopping scenes are commonly recognized, the area’s depth of arts and tech businesses is not as well-known. ARTech, provides a platform to highlight the district as a neighborhood with a strong arts and technology footprint. Additionally, we are providing a gratis experience and a place for children to experience STEAM, an industry that is meaningful to the future of not just the district, but the world.”
Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Barbara Hunt McLanahan adds “The Children’s Museum of the Arts is excited for the opportunity ARTech presents to bring the transformative power of the arts to even more children across the city. Art is an essential part of education— it fosters the ingenuity and creativity that is so important to science and technology fields. We look forward to providing children the chance to experience the A in STEAM education through ARTech.”
“This is such a great opportunity to engage young people and show them that science, art, and technology come together in interesting, unexpected ways,” says Elizabeth Slagus, NYSCI’s Director of Public Programs. “We delight in taking our work out beyond the walls of our museum, and the exhibits and activities offered through ARTech are perfect for starting a dialogue with people about what STEAM is and how it has the potential to inform very complicated and critical issues.”
ARTech will be open to the public every Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm – 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 6p beginning March 1 and ending April 29 at 451-459 West 14th Street. Please see the below schedule and summary of activities planned:
1) Build It – Using award winning design kit, Rigamajig, children will add wooden planks, pulleys, cogs, nuts, bolts, and rope to their imagination to create wonders of creative engineering. Is it a car? Is it a train? No, it’s a thingamajig!
2) Velocity Area – What is the difference between speed and velocity? After designing and making their own custom wheeled projectiles, participants will shoot their rocket racers down the velocity ramps to consider what makes a vehicle go faster in one direction. Is the long smooth ramp faster or do the bumps in the shorter ramp help to increase speed?
3) GIF making station – Everyone knows their favorite animated film, but may not know the simple technology behind it. Learning how to simply animate themselves, families will leave with short GIFS to use in their family albums and social media posts. In partnership with GIPHY.
4) Starlab – Families can experience the stars in the night sky and learn to star hop from key stars to their favorite constellations in the portable planetarium Starlab. iStop Motion and art making workshops will translate ideas about space into 2 and 3 dimensions!
5) Danny Rozin Installation – Have you ever seen an artwork that responds to your movement? Rozin’s giant pixelated painting mirrors movement to create a surprising moving shadow of each visitor.
6) Ball Pond – CMA’s infamous Ball Pond is recreated in the Meatpacking District. Kids can release their pent up energy before turning their minds to Art and Technology.
7) ACCESS: Artist and Scientist Collaborations – Families explore ideas such as ecology, connected systems, sustainability and climate change through art installations created by artist-and-scientist teams. Works include Monster in the Closet, an animated adventure by Laura Chipley and Hannah Zanowski that highlights the Southern Ocean’s role in regulating Earth’s climate; 1000 Fingers of Decision by Carrie Dashow and Matthew Liao, which explores the importance of an individual’s decision-making in addressing climate change; and A Tale of Dogs in a Changing World by Coche Gonzalez and Jack Tseng, that takes visitors on a 40-million-year journey of the dog family.
About the Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is the not-for-profit business alliance of the area whose mission is to support the business community and to keep the area clean, safe and beautiful. The BID runs a robust array of marketing and events programming in support of the neighborhoods economic health. As the Meatpacking District community continues to reinvent itself year-in and year-out, the Meatpacking BID seeks to revitalize and reinvigorate right alongside all of the innovators that call the Meatpacking District home. For more information, please visit, meatpacking-district.com.
About the Children’s Museum of the Arts
Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts provides authentic hands-on art experiences for children, both in its art-filled museum and in the community. CMA’s mission is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists. CMA works to fulfill its mission through four distinct initiatives: On-site public programming that includes interactive art stations and artist-led workshops, early-childhood arts workshops, after-school classes, intensive art camps and special family programs; school & community outreach programs throughout New York City; art exhibitions; and a permanent collection of more than 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. More information is available at cmany.org. Follow CMA on Twitter and Instagram: @cmainnyc, and on Facebook at facebook.com/childrensmuseumofthearts.
About the New York Hall of Science
The mission of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is to nurture generations of passionate learners, critical thinkers and active citizens through an approach called Design-Make-Play. Design-Make-Play emphasizes open-ended exploration, imaginative learning and personal relevance, resulting in deep engagement and delight in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers and families each year. For more information, visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005. Follow NYSCI on Twitter and Instagram: @nysci, and on Facebook at: facebook.com/nysci.