For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2011
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Exploratorium Receives NEA Grant for "YOU ARE HERE" Artist Residency Program
an artist residency program, at its new home on Pier 15 in 2013
Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide
San Francisco —The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The Exploratorium is one of the grantees and will receive $39,000 to begin You Are Here – a residency for a particularly unique group of artists to develop public art for the new Exploratorium at Pier 15.
You Are Here: Revealing Place and Collective Experience invites a diverse group of three artists to participate in residences and develop alternative forms of public art for the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 - where it is scheduled to move in spring 2013 - to provoke visitors to re-see where they are. Focusing on the visitor as the transformative perceiver, You Are Here artists will offer their works as a kind of safe passage into unfamiliar social, physical, and historical territories, opportunities presented by the Exploratorium’s new Pier 15 home.
The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website here.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367