exploratorium

Exploratorium
2017 – $10,000 urban fellowship
2017 – $10,000 Habitat: Bay As It Is Symposium
2016 – $5,000 Habitat: Bay As It Is Symposium
2016 – $10,000 urban fellowship
2015 – $10,000 urban fellowship
2015 – $10,000 Center for Art & Inquiry
2014 – $10,000 urban fellowship
2013 – $10,000 Jane Wolf, bay lexicon
2013 – $1,000 living innovation zone
2011 – $10,000 capital campaign

The Exploratorium is a San Francisco museum of science, art, and human perception that believes that curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, awareness and understanding of how the world works. The Exploratorium creates tools and experiences that help visitors to become active explorers: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 25,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; and evening art and science events for adults. They also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. The Exploratorium shares its exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.

Bay As It Is Symposium
Habitat–the Bay as it is, or as it could be… Symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of thinkers in science, art, design, education, history, ecology, policy, legislation, and activism to help envision a resilient future for the Bay Area. The project is an outgrowth of the Bay Observatory Urban Fellow program and is envisioned as a public think-tank to bring professionals, non-professionals and educators together to consider the San Francisco Bay as habitat for future generations. The three-day symposium will consist of talks, excursions, design and working groups, and public events led by experts in various disciplines.

Since the Gold Rush, the ecology of San Francisco Bay has been radically transformed by human intention and action. Now it faces equally significant forces for change because of sea level rise, global warming and climate change. The Symposium will seek to understand what the last century and a half have meant for the Bay as habitat for flora, fauna and people and to think collectively about what might come next. Over the course of three days, a range of experts and citizens with special insight about the Bay landscape will convene to talk about the Bay’s habitat as it is now and to consider ways in which it might evolve over the next twenty to fifty years — and what that will likely mean for policy, design and daily life.

Urban Fellowship
The Exploratorium’s new Urban Fellow program will address issues related to climate change and rising sea levels.  This program situates an artist or urban practitioner in a residency within the Bay Observatory to explore the human relationship to the urban environment.  Fellows could explore concrete forms: such as architecture and infrastructure: as well as human forms: such as approaches to planning or individual practices within the city.  This investigation is both important and timely as urban areas globally explore the issue of climate change and coastal resiliency.

Jane Wolf, Bay Lexicon
Bay Lexicon is an illustrated field guide to San Francisco’s shoreline. Using methods and tools from landscape scholarship, design, and science education, Bay Lexicon aims to encourage observation and enquiry about the natural world and its relation to culture.

Living Innovation Zone
The LIZ project is a place making project, which encourages people to engage with their environment and each other in new and surprising ways.  The Exploratorium relies on this kind of open-ended inquiry as a means of engaging people and encouraging them to learn about themselves and the world around them.

Capital Campaign
It is the Exploratorium’s goal to be the world’s first net zero energy, carbon neutral museum.  Their LEED Platinum certification sets the stage as they continue to work on their sustainability goals.  The new location on San Francisco’s waterfront showcases a premiere “green” building, operating with maximum energy efficiency and preservation of the atmosphere.

www.exploratorium.edu