Thank you to our Ambassadors and Board Members who joined us September 12 for the fall meeting. For those of you we missed, here are some exciting updates…
New Smithsonian Program
Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Exhibition
Through a competitive selection process, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is one of only eight museums in the nation to be invited to participate in Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC).
Created by scientists and educators at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), YCCC aims to provide students with the opportunity to capture images of the night sky, learn new technologies through the online MicroObservatory platform and through digital photo processing work, and access their own creativity when colorizing and manipulating their images. The YCCC program allows students the opportunity to use the same technology and software used by NASA’s own team of illustrators when preparing images for research and exhibition.
The YCCC pilot program will launch next month with 300 students from Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School and Sterling Middle School. Educators from each campus will be invited to attend a 2 hour professional development program introducing the program and then students will work with TCMU Program Manager, Tom Kelley. Students will also visit the Roper Mountain Science Center Planetarium.
The two week program will culminate in a public exhibition of the student’s astrophotography creations beginning October 28 at TCMU.
TCMU features NASA Illustrator
Greenville resident Renato Moncini joined NASA as a full-time illustrator in 1965. A native of Italy, he worked for Piaggio and the Italian Air Force before becoming a United States citizen. Moncini worked at NASA for 14 years, creating images used to promote the space program to the public. In the late 1970’s, Moncini moved his family to Greenville to take the role of creative director and lead illustrator for Fluor Daniel, where he worked on renderings for many of Fluor’s projects, including BMW’s North American headquarters in Greer.
TCMU is thrilled to exhibit a selection of Mr. Moncini’s works from his time as a NASA illustrator. Mr. Moncini will also meet with students participating in the YCCC program and tell them about his experiences working for NASA in the heyday of the “Space Race.”
Mr. Moncini’s exhibit opens October 28th and is generously sponsored by Fluor.
Smithsonian Speaker Series
SAVE THE DATE: October 28th at 8am
“Smithsonian, Space, and STEM: Where’s a woman’s place? Everywhere!”
TCMU will host our first “Smithsonian Speakers Series” event featuring Dr. Deborah Barnhardt, CEO of the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Barnhardt and the entire team at the US Space & Rocket Center are currently serving as a Smithsonian Affiliations mentor organization to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Dr. Barnhardt has three decades of service in commercial industry, government aerospace, and defense. A retired Navy Captain, she was one of the first ten women assigned to duty aboard ships and commanded five units in her 26-year career. She received NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal in 2013.
The Smithsonian Speakers Series is a new benefit for Roots & Wings annual fund donors at the $1,500 level and above. We are offering this benefit as a way to connect our donors with the programming that they make possible. Our speakers series will coincide with the opening of our YCCC exhibit and Renato Moncini exhibit.
We invite all of our Ambassadors to attend and to bring a friend that they think would be interested in engaging with TCMU as a donor, sponsor, or other supporter. Invitations will be mailed at the end of the month – please consider how you can use this opportunity to introduce someone to TCMU!
Roots & Wings Campaign
Already at 1/3 of goal – help us make it to the top!
The 2014 Roots & Wings Annual Fund campaign is off to a great start thanks to the leadership of TCMU board member Kevin Kirtley. Kevin provided Ambassadors with a quick update on how they can help.
The 2014 Goal is $130,000. $43,740 has been raised so far, with $86,260 left to reach our goal. Please consider how you can support our annual fund, and remember that all donors at the $1,500 level and above receive 4 complimentary tickets to the Smithsonian Speakers Series event on October 28.
You can review the donor benefits and contribute online here.
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