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Growing Peace: A Daylong Celebration at the Exploratorium

For Immediate Release:
August 01, 2005

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Growing Peace: A Daylong Celebration at the Exploratorium

Saturday, August 6, 2005, noon-4pm

On the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the Exploratorium invites the public to a museum-wide exploration of the concept and practice of peace on Saturday, August 6, noon-4pm. Join in as the Exploratorium highlight acts of peace and peace activism through hands-on activities, films, and performances. All activities and events are free with museum admission.

Highlights include:

Paint for peace! Help create a 24’ x 5’ communal peace mural with the Mission
District’s Precita Eyes Muralists. This drop-in painting activity will be held in the Museum’s Skylight Area from noon – 4pm.

Plant a peace seedling in honor of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Peace Prize. Learn about how Maathai and the Green Belt Movement planted trees as a way of combating environmental degradation and enabling economic self-sufficiency for African women. Find out how to tend for your seedling, and take it home with you! All materials are provided. This activity will be held in the IFI classroom from noon – 2pm on a drop-in basis.

Speak up for peace. Join or witness an open mic performance hosted by the poets of Youth Speaks: the Living Word Project at noon in the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio. Poets of all ages and experience levels will deliver verses on combating violence, confronting obstacles, and working toward peace within our communities.  Visitors are welcome to read their own poems, or share poems by their favorite poets.

After the performance, Youth Speaks will host a performance poetry-writing workshop in the Exploratorium’s TI classroom from 1:30pm – 3pm. Newcomers to poetry are welcome; however, space is limited. Same day sign-ups will be available in front of the classroom.

Who would you nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize? Your mother? Your teacher? A community hero? Or a basketball star? Come by our nomination booth and add your personalized entry to wall of Peace Prize nominees! From noon – 4pm

According to Japanese folklore, folding 1,000 paper cranes will fulfill an earnest wish. To complement our film installation, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, come fold a paper crane and help us meet our goal of wishing for world peace! Origami provided. For ages 6 and up. From 2 – 4pm.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 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.

Getting Here
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.

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San Francisco
California 94111
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