As a programming intern (a.k.a. laboratory manager), I am responsible for putting together the new programs for the summer. This means I am communicating with scientists, artists, science communicators (or all of the above) about the schedule of the dates of classes, putting together the summer catalogue and doing everything I can to promote these classes and workshops. Unfortunately, I will not be around when the summer programs begin, which is a shame because I would have liked to see what the interactions in this space is like. I am also helping Hayley (founder) with event promotion tasks from submitting to event listing sites, social media as well as general exhibit preparation and take-down.
Note: Hayley runs this gallery all on her own and so she does not have other paid staff to help her. She gets help from family, friends and interns. It’s a small, local space which is in immense contrast to larger galleries and science centers. But, this is what I wanted to experience – how does a smaller organization promoting science through a creative means function?
I would really like to contribute to the art and science movement in Canada and have been thinking about what it would be like to have a physical space, like the Art.Science.Gallery or the Action Potential Lab in Toronto. Art.Science.Gallery. is really only just beginning their “laboratory” space and are more focused on engaging visitors through their different science exhibitions. Pieces for the exhibits are carefully selected by Hayley and so are all the cool science art merchandise in the gift shop. It’s not a traditional science space, in fact visitors probably see it more of an art gallery than a science space. So, my tasks tend to vary! While I have been working hard doing promotional material for future events and programs, I’m hoping to do more science communication related tasks via social media (will talk about this in next post). I get to dabble in a little bit of everything, including seeing how a small business runs and what things are important to consider.
So far we have transitioned from our weather exhibit (Meteora) to a botanical illustration exhibit (Flourish). Here are some photos of that preparation…