So You Want to Learn About… SCIENCE & ART

Science can be beautiful, and art can be scientific! #ATLSciFest 2020 has plenty of events for your inner artist. Learn more about the relationship between science, art, and culture with these curated events! Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these artful events, taking place all over metro Atlanta March 6-21. Keep reading to learn more!

Mathapalooza After Dark! | Monday, March 16th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Presented by Mathematics in Motion Inc., Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Just what do mathematicians do after dark, when they have said QED to their workday? Do they sing and dance off to infinity? Do they take their singularities and push their boundaries? Yes – Innumerable such transformations happen! And now, for the first time ever, the public has the chance to see mathematicians along with some of Atlanta’s most creative artists performing some real numbers on the stage of the Highland Ballroom in the variety show we call Mathapalooza After Dark! Grab your tickets to the event here. Learn more about this event here. 

Exploring the Natural World Through Art – Part 1 | Saturday, March 7th 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presented by AIR Serenbe, Frazer Center

The Information Age has brought an understanding of far-flung ecosystems to more people than ever before. But it has also, paradoxically, divorced our personal relationship with the natural world with increasing, screen-mediated distance. Poet, performer, and conservationist, Robbie Q. Telfer will hold these two conflicting truths as one, like a tiny baby, at once profound and poopy. Learn more about this free event here.

Stick around for “Part 2” of this event, featuring a soundwalk with Lady Eve.

Exploring the Natural World Through Art – Part 2 | Saturday, March 7th 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by AIR Serenbe, Frazer Center

Explore how listening techniques can help increase our subtle perception of the environment. Join Lady Eve for a Soundwalk through the Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center as she examines how the sounds heard in a particular location are as unique as a fingerprint, and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into our ecosystem. Learn more about this free event here.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition | Saturday, March 7th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by Georgia Tech

A music, engineering, and tech mashup, the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, engineering, and impact. The Guardian called the competition “The Pulitzer of the New Instrument World,” and The New York Times described the “special, otherworldly sound that you can feel permeating your soul” which became the hallmark of the competition. Fast Company explained how Guthman’s “Futuristic Instruments will change how we make music,” and Atlanta Magazine suggests that “at the Guthman Competition, innovative instruments just might predict the future of music.” 

Come early from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm to see musicians, artists, engineers, and makers showcase their latest work at the Music, Art, and Technology Fair – a hands-on, interactive showcase. Learn more about this free event here.

Milo the Magnificent: puppets + science! | Tuesday, March 10th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Center for Puppetry Arts and Alex & Olmsted as they introduce you to Milo the Magnificent!  Catch this puppet show about magic and then dive into the science and art behind the show! You’ll participate in our Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ and get hands on with specialized learning stations that share the science and technology behind puppetry!  Have a blast learning about the magic and science of puppetry arts. Use code “ASF” to get 25% off your ticket!

There are two showtimes daily on March 10, March 11, March 12, and March 13 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. Grab your tickets to the event here. Learn more about this event here.

Surface Tension and Suminagashi | Tuesday, March 10th 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Science is art! Join us for an engaging activity exploring where science and art meet. Why is surface tension important? Because it may allow engineers to create items that can “walk on water.” You’ll learn about the study of surface tension and the ancient Japanese art of beautiful Suminagashi, and you’ll even get to create beautiful works of art yourself!

This event repeats at other libraries on March 13th and March 17th. See which event timing and location works best for you by clicking here

OneEarth/OneChance | Thursday, March 12th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by Women’s Caucus For Art of Georgia, Georgia State University Perimeter College

Join us for One Earth/One Chance – Artists Standing for an End To Global Warming. The event will feature an exhibition of work inspired by the climate crisis from 70 local visual artists, performance art, and a panel discussion with four climate crisis experts. Parking is available onsite. Learn more about this free event here.

»SEXY SCIENCE« Serious Humor – Made in Germany | Thursday, March 12th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by German Consulate General

You may think Germans have no sense of humor, and therefore, a German physicist might be the least funny person on the planet. But you have yet to meet Vince Ebert. 

Join Vince as he wins heads and hearts explaining scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humor: Why is the sky blue? Why is the night black? Why shouldn’t we eat yellow snow? You don’t want to miss this witty and inspiring performance about skeptical thinking, fake news, the secret of German cars, and the important question: Do strippers in the southern hemisphere turn around the pole in the opposite direction?

Grab your tickets to the event here. Learn more about this event here.

Science Riot | Thursday, March 12th 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by Georgia Institute of Technology, Science Riot

Take some scientists, teach them the basics of comedy writing, and put them onstage for a live audience performance. Real Science. Real Experts. Real Funny. Learn more about this event here.

Petri Dish Picassos | Saturday, March 14th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presented by Atlanta Contemporary, Science ATL Science Communication Fellows

Bacteria art – is it crazy, awesome, or both? Come learn about professional artists that use bacteria to make living artwork and learn how to become a petri dish Picasso yourself! Participants will be provided with agar plates, paints, and tools commonly used to “paint” with bacteria. You will get to take home your own petri dish masterpiece! Learn more about this event here.

Movement Love | Sunday, March 15th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by Movement Love, Atlanta Contemporary

Emotions influence our bodies. Thoughts register neurological connections in our brains. Memories inform our actions and our movements. It’s all an interactive dance of experience, perception, decision, and happenstance; a push and pull dialogue during any moment in time. Join us at Atlanta Contemporary for an opportunity to expand that dialogue at Movement Love – a yoga series that explores the brain-body connection through a scientific lens. 

Yoga doesn’t just have to be about “zen” – it’s about connecting with one’s mind and body; connecting with pain, happiness, peace or lack thereof. It’s about discovering the surprising compatibility of things and the liberation that results in both body and mind when we give ourselves permission to engage with our own mental health. 

Tickets are available at the door only. Learn more about this event here.

In My Granny’s Garden | Sunday, March 15th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Alliance Theatre’s Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young meets science! Join us for this play, based on the book by Pearl Cleage, that explores the glory of growing your own food. We’ll be joined by a special scientist guest, Chelsea Thomas, who will share knowledge about some of the creatures living in our gardens. Use discount code ASF2020 for 50% off your ticket for this special Atlanta Science Festival preview performance. 

Grab your tickets to the event here. Learn more about this event here.

Comic Strip Science | Wednesday, March 18th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by Oxford College of Emory University and Emory College’s Center for the Study of Human Health, A Cappella Books

The internet and social media have revolutionized the way we are able to share scientific findings. Science has even found its way into comic strips! Join us to hear scientist and artist Garfield T. Kwan share with us how his Squidtoons comics walk the line between scientific accuracy and visual appeal.

Event is free with advance registration; sign up here today. Learn more about this free event here.

It’s Only Natural: Examining the Art of Scientific Illustration | Wednesday, March 18th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by Fernbank Science Center, University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art

Join Fernbank Science Center as they debut a new exhibit with featured speaker, Gene Wright, UGA Chair of Scientific Illustration. Professor Wright will highlight his students’ successes, and discuss historic and modern techniques of scientific illustration. The exhibit, It’s Only Natural, will feature the artwork of UGA students and selected renderings from DeKalb County Schools fifth graders. Arrive early to preview the artwork. Following the presentation, enjoy refreshments and meet the talented illustrators. Learn more about this free event here.

Discovering Science Through Art | Friday, March 20th 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by Oxford College of Emory University

Investigate the wonder of science and nature through the perspective of an artist! Drop in during the afternoon to explore the art of Garfield Kwan, scientist and comic artist. Hear him talk about his art and what he finds important in depicting science through comics.  

Take a look at the specimens on display (fish, crabs, squid and more) and try your own hand, with a little guidance, at drawing what you see. This event is for everyone! Learn more about this free event here.

The Story Collider | Thursday, March 19th 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Story Collider brings true, personal stories about science to life. At this live show, you’ll hear scientists tell heartwarming (and heartbreaking) stories about their failures, successes, and everything in between, and you’ll also hear from people who haven’t had a formal connection to science in years. Science is a part of all of our lives and The Story Collider brings chemists, comedians, actors, neuroscientists, writers, and physicists alike onto the stage to tell their (true) stories.

Grab your tickets to the event here. Learn more about this event here.


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