Arts & Sciences Summer Magazine 2017

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Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane Gallery Dedication and Volunteer of the Quarter.


Portrait of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and the Riverside Years.



A look at how an exhibition gets put together from start to finish.



So what does a security super hero actually do all day?


An interview with registered yoga instructor, Ashley Brooks.



In this issue of Arts & Sciences, we take a look behind the scenes at some of the programs, people and areas of work that can be considered the hidden gems at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.


Dig into all that the MOAS Education Department has to offer, from Family Science Nights to Prehistoric Fossil Shows and more. .



One of the most incredible natural spectacles that can be witnessed by humans will take place across the entire continental United States this summer. Find out why you shouldn't miss it!



The Guild gets ready for fun fall events!



A look behind the cover of this hidden MOAS gem.



An immensely fulfilling and effective collaboration rooted in a devotion to science and community outreach.

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Executive Director ANDREW SANDALL RUTH GRIM, Chief Curator and Gary R. Libby Curator of Art ERIC MAUK, Curator of Exhibits MEGAN FINLEY, Curatorial Assistant ROBERT WOHLRAB, Curatorial Assistant JAMES ZACHARIAS, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History NICOLE MESSERVY, Education Associate KELSEY HANSEN-KRAUSE, Group Tours and Education Coordinator SETH MAYO, Curator of Astronomy ROBERT CONSOLO, Planetarium Educator ASHLEY HOLLIS BUSSEY, Planetarium Educator JASON SCHREINER, Planetarium Educator STEVE CONKLIN, Director of Finance DIANNE MORRIS, Finance Associate CHERYL LONGINO, Finance Assistant STEPHANIE MASON-TEAGUE, Director of Development MONICA MITRY, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator JENELLE CODIANNE, Director of Marketing and Public Relations ALEXANDRA MIDDLETON, Director of Sales and Special Events TORI CARTA, Rental Manager SARA TUCKER CRAIG, Director of Operations CRAIG LEW, Chief of Security PATRICIA NIKOLLA, Guest Services Manager BRANDON SHEPPARD, Facilities Manager Guest Services Team MARK CARRUTHERS, Guest Services Associate COREY COOK, Guest Services Associate NICOLE HARPSTREIT, Guest Services Associate LORI HOEPFINGER, Guest Services Associate HANH NGUYEN, Guest Services Associate LISA SHAW, Guest Services Associate Maintenance Team DEAN CORMIER, Facilities Assistant ISRAEL TAYLOR, Facilities Assistant CARLOS ZELLARS, Facilities Assistant Security Team JUSTIN ALISA, Security LEE ASHTON, Security JOHN BRUCE, Security WILL FIGUEROA, Security SAMANTHA GLENN, Security AUSTIN HARDEN, Security CHERRIE HOLBROOK, Security RUBY MAY, Security LINDSAY MCCALEB, Security AMANDA MITCHELL, Security ANGELO PIERCE, JR., Security DORIS STRNAD, Security





It has been very gratifying to hear so many compliments on the last edition of Arts & Sciences magazine that focused on our wonderful volunteers. These compliments were especially gratifying when ANDREW SANDALL they came from long-time supporters of the Museum who told me that they had learned something that they did not know from the stories that they had read. This month we will continue in the same vein by giving you another look behind the scenes at some of our programs and areas of work that many people do not know about but are a big part of the work that we do here at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

For many years, our museum was substantially supported by grants from the State, but in recent years, these have dwindled and now make up much less of our annual budget. Although very much appreciated, the Museum community has learned that it really cannot rely on these funds ever coming back and, therefore, need to find new ways to fill that funding gap. It is no coincidence that the theme of this year’s FAM conference is “From Valuable to Vital” and will focus on ways that we can make our communities appreciate the positives that local museums bring to their region. More than ever we need to be out there making sure people realize all that we do to make our community a better place to live by providing vital services above and beyond just being a fun place to spend an afternoon.

It is very surprising for people who get closely involved with the Museum to see just how much work we actually undertake, and the wide range of tasks and programs that we cover. I am always amused when friends hear about my job or see me in action at the Museum or out in the community and comment that they thought my job was mostly giving gallery tours! The work that we will discuss within this issue is absolutely crucial to fulfilling our mission and properly serving our visitors and wider community. While some members of staff work with very specific audiences and areas involving programs and efforts that the general public never see, all staff contribute significantly to the jigsaw puzzle that is our museum.

Although construction has dominated our work during these past five years, I hope you have also noticed the significant changes to our programs and events. We have made a concerted effort to make the Museum more accessible and to offer more ways for people to connect with us through new and innovative programs – which seems to be working well. One of the things that I stress to our staff all the time is that we never know who will walk through our doors that is visiting MOAS for the first time and how important it is for us to provide a positive experience that will make them want to come back. Through our social programs, we are bringing many new faces to the Museum that may have never thought to come here before, while our educational programs and exhibits continue to offer enjoyable learning experiences for both newcomers and experienced museum-goers.

These programs are becoming increasingly important for us as we continue to make our community more aware of the work that we are doing and the role that the Museum plays here in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. I am lucky enough to have been elected as President of the Florida Art Museum Director’s Association (FAMDA) for this year, which also gives me a seat on the Board of the Florida Association of Museums (FAM). This provides a wonderful way to network with colleagues from all over the State and to hear what is going on with them. You would be surprised at how similar many of our issues are regardless of our size, subject matter, or location in this giant piece of land we call Florida.

I hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes and learn a little more about the work that goes on at MOAS, sometimes without much attention being drawn to it, as we strive to demonstrate just how vital we are to our community. It goes without saying that none of what we do would be possible without your support and encouragement, and on behalf of the staff, I thank you for all of the kind words and notes that we receive that keep us motivated to continue to improve every day. It is greatly appreciated!




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Melinda Dawson, President SILVER Linda M. Hall, Vice President Cobb Cole J. Lester Kaney, Second Vice President Daytona Beach News-Journal Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Secretary Daytona Beverages, LLC Daytona International Speedway Todd Huffstickler, Assistant Secretary Jon Hall Chevrolet Amy Workowski, Treasurer Mastando Media Bridget Bergens, Assistant Treasurer NASCAR RLF Architects Cici Brown, Trustee Liaison SunTrust Bank Thomas Hart, Past President Randy Dye BRONZE Carl W. Lentz, III, MD, FACS Bahama House Best Western Aku Tiki Inn Katherine Hurst Miller Bomar Construction Carol Lively Platig Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Rachel Samson Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Gary R. Libby Charitable Trust Dr. Kent Sharples Giles Family Electric Kathy Wilson, MOAS Guild Representative Tom and Peggie Hart Allison Morris Zacharias Ed and Pat Jackson

HONORARY TRUSTEES Miriam Blickman Anderson Bouchelle (Deceased) J. Hyatt Brown Alys Clancy (Deceased) Tippen Davidson (Deceased) Susan Root Feibleman (Deceased) Thurman Gillespy, Jr., MD Herbert Kerman (Deceased) Chapman Root (Deceased) Jan Thompson (Deceased)

Dr. and Mrs. Kim A. Klancke Jill Simpkins and L. Gale Lemerand Stuart and Lisa Sixma David and Toni Slick

Executive Director Emeritus Gary R. Libby

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES The Museum of Arts and Sciences is a not-for-profit educational institution, chartered by the State of Florida in 1962 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Museum collections and research include Cuban and Florida art, American fine and decorative arts, European fine and decorative arts, pre-Columbian and African artifacts, Pleistocene fossils, Florida history and regional natural history. Permanent and changing exhibitions, lectures, and classes highlight educational programs. The Museum houses changing arts and sciences exhibition galleries, permanent collection galleries, a gallery of American art, paintings, decorative arts and furniture, the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the Cuban Fine and Folk Art Museum, a state-of-the-art planetarium, library, the Frischer Sculpture Garden, maintains nature trails in a 90-acre preserve in adjacent Tuscawilla Park, and operates Gamble Place in Port Orange. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is recognized by the State of Florida as a cultural institution and receives major funding from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Major Museum programs and activities for members, school children and the general public are also supported by grants from the County of Volusia, the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Elfun Community Fund, and over 30 Major Sponsors from the community. MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday The Museum of Arts and Sciences is committed to the Americans with Disabilities Act by making our facility and programs accessible to all people. If you have any special requirements, suggestions, or recommendations, please contact our representative, Executive Director, Andrew Sandall, at 386.255.0285. If you prefer, you may contact the Cultural Council of Volusia County representative at 386.257.6000, or the Division of Cultural Affairs, The Capitol, Tallahassee 850.487.2980, or TT 850.488.5779. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER IS 1.800.435.7352. FLORIDA REGISTRATION #CH-1851


Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane G A L L E R Y D E D I C AT I O N

On April 20, the Museum was joined in celebration by members of the Zane family for the dedication of the Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane Gallery at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art at MOAS. The gallery, named for Tom Zane and his late wife, Sena, both longtime supporters and volunteers of the Museum, is one of the changing galleries at the Brown Museum. Visitors can currently enjoy a beautiful exhibit titled Fun in the Sun, which features a collection that represents Floridians and tourists enjoying the events, activities, and natural treasures available in Florida. The Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane Gallery dedication is part of the endowment fund set up for the Museum by Cici and Hyatt Brown.


Carol Gabriel

In early 2015 I walked into MOAS inquiring about volunteer positions and started my journey having fun in the gift shop. After raising a family and driving around southeast Michigan as a home care wound nurse for years, I was ready for something new. My husband and I moved south three and a half years ago and are still navigating the world of retirement. Spending Tuesday afternoons at MOAS has provided me with a connection to the community. Life is also balanced by travel, a book club in Michigan (conference calls required), knitting, digging in the garden, and volunteering at our church thrift store. 6 ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE

Join us Saturday, September 30, 2017 for an afternoon performance from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and an evening performance from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) Concert: Portrait of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and the Riverside Years. Admission is $35.00 for future members and $20.00 for members. Please reserve in advance at 386-255-0285 or in-person at MOAS. Reserve early! This event is popular and will sell out. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Concerts are part of the 7th Annual Septembers with the Smithsonian at MOAS. Hard Bop alto saxophonist and former Floridian native, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, first came to national attention through his association as a member of the iconic Miles Davis band in 1957. While having recorded his first album as a leader in 1955 for Savoy Records, it was his association with Riverside Records in 1958 that led to the launch of his career as a leader. Although his recorded history with Riverside Records spans only five years, 1958-1963, the impact of those years have left an indelible mark on the development of jazz. Some of the noteworthy titles on those recordings included This Here and


MOAS SPECIAL EVENT FOCUS | 2017 SJMO CONCERT Dat Dere by pianist Bobby Timmons and the Hard Bop composition Work Song from his brother Nat Adderley. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet will be delving into that critical body of recording dating from the 1958 titled album Portrait of Cannonball to his 1962 recording titled Cannonball’s Bossa Nova.

The Musicians Charlie Young (Saxophone),

multi-instrumentalist, is a native of Norfolk, VA. Presently, he resides in Washington, D.C., where he is Professor of Saxophone. As a regularly featured member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1988, having performed in Europe and the U.S. with his own jazz quintet, he was invited to the first annual San Remo (Italy) Jazz Festival as Musical Ambassador for Washington, D.C. In 1995, Young became a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation of American classical music.

Tom Williams (Trumpet), has led a sparkling and varied career since he began studying trumpet and drums as a child. Tom joined the renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra, under the

direction of Mercer Ellington, with whom he played the national tour of the Broadway smash “Sophisticated Ladies”, also touring Japan with the road company. A versatile performer, he has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States with artist such as Donald Brown, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Gary Bartz, Hank Jones, Philly Joe Jones, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Frank Foster, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Slide Hampton, Larry Willis, Art Taylor, Milt Jackson, Marlena Shaw, and Barry Harris to name a few.

Tony Nalker (Piano), Since 1989

Tony had been the pianist of the premiere jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army, The Army Blues, is currently the group’s enlisted leader, and will be retiring from the Army in early 2017. Nalker plays for the highest levels of the U.S. government and military and has performed on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also toured on musical diplomacy missions throughout the world for the U.S. State Department. Since 2005, Tony has served as pianist of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, performing throughout the country to share the Smithsonian’s collection of iconic jazz works with the American public. Since 2012, he has also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops. He has also performed on hundreds of recordings in a variety of styles including jazz, folk, children’s music, pop, Broadway, and country.

James King (Bass), was born in Houston, Texas. He studied at Texas Southern University, the Hampton University, and the University of the District of Columbia and was a wellknown bassist in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. King has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area since 1977. During a musical career that spans more than 25 years, Mr. King – in addition to leading his own groups – has performed with Stanley Turrine, Buck Hill, Elvin Jones, Marlena Shaw, and Ronnie Wells, among others. He has appeared at major jazz festivals in North America and abroad including the North Sea, Montreal, and Pori. Mr. King appeared on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the December 25, 1999 Christmas Day Jazz Jam, and he performed in the K.C. Jazz Club with Stephanie Nakasian in her “Tribute to June Christy,” and also T.S. Monk and his ensemble. Ken Kimery (Drums), relocated to

Washington, D.C. in 1993, where he was invited by Dr. Anthony Brown to become a member of the National Museum of American History’s jazz program. He began as assistant program coordinator for the Jazz Oral History Program, then in 1994 he became acting producer for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, producing its 1994 Washington, D.C. concert season and first national tour and finally in 2005 as executive producer.

Images are laid out to determine the final display order for the Florida: Battlefield to Homefront exhibit.



People often ask me how an exhibition that I have curated gets put together from start to finish. I usually respond by saying, “It starts with the story that the curator wants to tell” because, I feel, that in one way or another an exhibition is an illustrated story mounted on the walls of the Museum.

It can be a relatively short story, such as the life and career of a single artist, but often it is a longer story such as the history of a particular period in art that stretched over decades or centuries. These types of art historical stories are told chronologically with the earliest works displayed first and all the succeeding works of art arrayed in at least an approximation of their chronological order so that the viewer is allowed to follow the progression of the art historical era or the artist’s career.

These are what are known as “focus” exhibitions. The idea is to do just that – focus specifically on one highly significant work of art or a small group of a few works. This type of exhibition has become more popular in museums over the years and are a way to truly shine the spotlight on one significant masterpiece or a small number of important works. Since these types of exhibitions rarely fill up a sizeable gallery, however, they are not the mainstay of museum exhibition programs.

Some exhibition stories are not always chronological, however. Sometimes an exhibition is organized into themes and the space will be divided up to display different themes or concepts within art. In this case, the dates of the works of art are not necessarily very important. Speaking from experience as a curator, I can say that this happens because the works often just seem to naturally want to be in that order. Works of the same time period seem to work together visually on the walls or in the rest of the exhibition space.

In the course of developing a typicallysized exhibition, the curator or curator’s assistant (this is often Megan Finley here at MOAS, who has been with the Museum for many years now) will draft the exhibition checklist which includes the artist and life dates, title, date of work, medium, dimensions, donor or

Once the story to be told is identified, the curator evaluates the number and sizes of the works to be included to see how they will fit in the exhibition space. This is crucial because the exhibition should not be over-crowded or too lean. If the former is the case, the exhibition will have to be pared down and if it is the latter, possibly a new space found for the exhibition. Of these two situations, moving the exhibition is least desirable. In the curator’s world, it is almost always better to have too many objects than too little because paring an exhibition down is easier than attempting to mount an exhibition with too few works to fill the space. There are exceptions to exhibitions with large numbers of works though.

A uniform on display in the Florida: Battlefield to Homefront exhibit.

Members from the Curatorial Department prepare to move the large rocket on loan from NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

lender credit line and accession number. This list combined with a “layout” on paper helps the curator decide what will go where in the exhibition. The checklist is also useful because it is the information that will be turned into the basic labels to go on the exhibition walls. Text panels also accompany the works of art on the walls and these will go through drafts as the storyline for the exhibition develops. The layout for an exhibition is a schematic drawing that shows where each work is to be placed in the exhibition. As the Chief Curator at MOAS, I work closely with Eric Mauk, MOAS Curator of Exhibits, Rob Wohlrab, Curatorial Assistant, and Megan Finley, Curatorial Assistant, in refining the exhibition and how it could work in our gallery spaces. There are computer programs where you can do this now in a simulated 3-dimensional space (based on the CAD technology used by architects) which is helpful. Some of us, however, still do it the old-school way which is just a drawing with the checklist number of each work in place on the paper drawing. Whether using a computer program or doing it the old-fashioned way, most experienced curators will tell you that no matter how long and hard you work designing the exhibition, invariably, some changes will be made when it comes time to install the works of art. Something just happens when you bring the actual works of art together in a space. Sometimes where you thought you wanted to place a piece – well, it just does not work there and wants to be somewhere else next 16 ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE 12

to another work of art. This should not happen more than a few times within your installation (if it does, you were short on your pre-planning). But I have learned that this is part of the process and it is better to just go with the flow rather than force works of art into an exact pre-ordained spot. This is why I stated in the beginning that your works of art should be in an “approximate” order. There is something organic to how an exhibition comes together finally, and it occasionally works out best to reach a compromise between the original layout and what looks best in the installation. The design scheme for the exhibition will take form as the checklist develops. This is because the best exhibition designs (including the colors on the walls, type fonts for signage, fabrics for lining display cases, specific shapes for pedestals and mounts, etc.) will take their cues from the works of art included in the exhibition. Period fonts, color schemes and other designs taken from works of art in the exhibition can recreate a sense of the time or artistic movements represented by the works of art. Accent wall colors are chosen ahead of time and walls painted prior to the art installation. Once the checklist is refined, the labels and texts written, the layout drafted, and the design scheme realized, it is time to bring the art out of storage and begin installing the galleries. Museum curators are usually lovers of objects so this part of the process always feels a little like

Christmas. The works of art that have been studied, listed, written about, etc. while tucked away on shelves, in drawers, or on painting storage racks come out into the light with other works to help tell the tale. At MOAS, Eric and Rob, our two longstanding, experienced art handlers, carefully bring the art out on carts, racks, or whatever apparatus may be required. They also bring out casework for displaying objects under Plexiglass and platforms for furniture, mannequins displaying costumes, or other large objects. Each work is carefully installed under glass, placed on a platform, or hung on the wall. Next, the labels and text panels are put in place, the vinyl affixed to the title wall and finally, the track lighting is adjusted to illuminate the objects. Christmas is over. It is time to start the process all over again on the next exhibition! It is a rewarding, satisfying process that continually provides opportunities to learn about more art, artists, history, and culture.

Curating is for those who are forever curious for the stories to be told with the endless treasures within a museum’s walls.

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Early in the morning to late at night, seven days a week, our MOAS Security Team is constantly in motion. As the sun rises, I arrive on campus and find the security team gearing up for another fabulous day. With initial opening post and perimeter checks, our security officers ready the Museum’s galleries and exhibits for another round of visitors, learning, and fun! During their opening duties, not only do our officers wish a great day to the MOAS Giant Ground Sloth (okay, maybe that is a stretch), but also, they cross-check timesensitive, vital communications between departments – including Facilities, Curatorial, Guest Services, Sales & Special Events, Education, and even Marketing. With a “Good Morning!” and plenty of smiles, our security officers continue their regular 14 ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE

safety and security duties before the doors open and visitors arrive – but it is never a dull routine. Racing to hold a door and lend a helpful hand to fellow staff members, strategically directing a last-minute delivery of landscape mulch, calling in a suspicious vehicle located on campus, or directing a school bus on where to park, our officers are constantly busy and on their toes – as actual super heroes, in addition to being the daily super glue that binds our organization together. So what does a security super hero actually do all day?

They They Lead! Lead! From assisting visitors and answering questions, to patrolling the campus for safety and security checks, and even directing art deliveries and escorting vendors on campus – you name it, our security officers take the lead! Acting as

liaisons (our organizational super glue) between MOAS departments, our officers constantly assess all activities on campus throughout the day, confirming that all logistics and priorities are successful. In addition, our officers (aka, our super heroes) are prepared to lead visitors to safety if and when crucial security situations may develop. Adaptability to change, strategic thinking, integrity, and exceptional communication skills are vital leadership traits that our super heroes manifest.

They They protect! Our security officers may not be built of steel (even if they are, well, super heroes), but they are able and ready to provide protection on campus at any moment. From detailed museum asset protection to fire, theft, and general safety and protection of visitors and staff, our security officers work hard to stay vigilant and aware at all times.


While monitoring the camera surveillance and vital life safety systems, controlling facility access for employees, visitors, and outside contractors, and documenting security logs and reports, officers always respond to immediate needs of protection. Not only this, MOAS officers maintain foresight of the next potential occurrence in order to try and prevent the possibility of any misfortunate happenings – always putting the safety and wellbeing of others ahead of their own.

Here is a peek at a few of our FAQ’s:

• Where are the restrooms?

They They engage! engage! From directing traffic to way-finding for visitors, to helping children find their parents and providing security and safety services for all major events, our security officers are constantly engaging with our visitors. In fact, as our visitors are never without interesting questions, our security officers always enjoy engaging with them.

Requiring constant interaction with museum staff and visitors, the job of a security officer is one of the most engaging positions within the organization. The next time you visit MOAS, be sure to stop and say “hello” to one of our officers and you are sure to share a smile.

• Where can I see the Giant

Ground Sloth?

• How can I gain more

background and information on a specific piece of artwork, artist, exhibit, and gallery?

• Can you tell me the history of

the MOAS organization?

• Can I take my coffee with me

to see the exhibit?

Simple visitor ‘reminders’ (i.e. “No food or drink is allowed in the galleries” AND “Please do not touch the artwork”) are plentiful throughout the day.

Coming to the end of another amazing day on campus, as the daylight retreats, our officers can be seen performing their closing security checks and duties, but not before they help the last visitor with one more request – a safety escort to her car in the parking lot. As I pull out of my parking spot and drive away in the angled light of the summer sunset, a flaring, gleaming glow catches my eye as the officer tenaciously tips his hand to wave goodnight and gives one last smile after another energizing and fulfilling day at MOAS. But wait, no, it could not possibly be, could it? Was that a cape I just saw?


Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery

Tell us a little bit about you. Where else do you teach? How did you get started and what got you hooked on yoga? “As a kid, I was a dancer and a gymnast, so movement has always been a big part of my life. I first got into teaching movement 12 years ago when I fell in love with Pilates and became a certified instructor. Pilates and yoga complement each other so well, and I started to practice yoga more and more to help balance out my Pilates practice. Several years ago I decided to become a certified instructor in Ashtanga Yoga. I own a studio in Port Orange called Holistic Movements Pilates and Barre where I specialize in personalized private instruction of Pilates, Yoga, and Barre workouts.”

What is your favorite thing about teaching Yoga in the Gallery at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art? “The atmosphere of the gallery really brings something to the class, creating an experience beyond just the yoga. To be surrounded by such incredible artwork in a space so beautiful and open while teaching/practicing is 16 ARTS & SCIENCES MAGAZINE

Are you interested in dipping your toe into the world of yoga but are unsure of how to get started? One of the Museum’s lesser known programs is its Yoga in the Gallery series which takes place every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Registered yoga instructor, Ashley Brooks of Holistic Movements, joins us weekly to provide our members and guests with an hour-long session that explores gentle and relaxing yoga poses. We took a moment to interview Ashley about her time teaching at the Museum and what our members and guests can expect from one of her classes. truly like nothing else I have ever experienced teaching before. We have an amazing group of regular students. I love seeing their practice grow every week.”

What can people expect from your class when they attend? “Expect to be truly transported out of your daily routine for an hour every week. The atmosphere of the gallery is the perfect tranquil setting for a relaxing style of yoga, where we take our time in each pose and focus on using the breath to eliminate tension and stress.”

Is this for beginners or for all levels? “This class is suitable for beginners, but appropriate for all levels. For

many of the poses, I will offer several variations, allowing those students that are more experienced the opportunity to push themselves a little bit more while letting those who are newer, or dealing with injuries, the opportunity to stay within a safe zone while learning the movements.”

What advice would you give first time attendees? “On a very practical level, the floor in the gallery is very beautiful, but it is quite a hard surface. Many students like to bring two yoga mats to layer or a mat and a towel to provide a little extra cushioning. Also, it can be chilly so wearing something with sleeves is a good idea too. As for advice on the practice of yoga, come with an open mind and allow yourself an hour to move, breathe, and relax!”

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SUMMER EXHIBITS The Legacy of Abstraction: Late 20th Century Paintings from the Collection

NOW THROUGH SUMMER 2017 Focused primarily on artists with strong Florida ties, this exhibition of large-scale contemporary paintings from the collection pays testament to the lasting legacy of late twentieth-century American and European Abstraction.

Florida: Battlefield to Homefront

NOW THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2017 From the Seminole Wars in the early 1800s to the Civil War and the two World Wars in the 20th Century, Florida has had a role in many of the conflicts on this continent. The MOAS collection contains art, artifacts, graphics, and other items related to this unique aspect of Florida history and, together with objects from other Florida institutions, this exhibition brings this story to light. Tracing 200 years of military history of the state provides a view into its rapid growth from early southern outpost to integral player in this country’s worldwide conflicts.

Delicious and Refreshing: Over 100 Years of Coca-Cola Advertising Calendars

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 29, 2017 The Coca-Cola Company is famous for its advertising which has taken many forms over the company’s long history. In 1891 Coca-Cola began using calendars as promotional material. The calendars were some of the company’s most popular advertising tools and they remain popular today. They offer a window into the popular culture and art of their respective years.

Fun in the Sun

CICI AND HYATT BROWN MUSEUM OF ART NOW THROUGH 2017 This exhibition consists of over 30 works from the collection that represent Floridians and tourists enjoying the events, activities, and natural treasures available in Florida. Paintings feature scenes of fishing, beach going, horse racing, annual celebrations, and more.

Sinuous Lines: Art Nouveau from the Collection

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 3, 2017 Art Nouveau was a French term given to a movement that dominated European decorative arts in the years c. 1890-1910. Partly in reaction to the rise of machine-made objects, this elegant style embraced natural, curvilinear lines in subject matter and form as it overtook architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewelry, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils, and lighting, as well as the fine arts. MOAS has many fine examples of Art Nouveau in graphic art, sculpture, glass, porcelain and brass and these will be showcased in an exhibition outside the Bouchelle Gallery for International Decorative Arts.

Celebrating our Smithsonian Affiliation: A Place for All People – Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

NOW THROUGH SUMMER 2017 A commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the Museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. A Place for All People is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Museum.

Gods and Goddesses: Greek Mythology in the MOAS Collection

JULY 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 15, 2017 The personalities and stories that populate the mythological cosmos of the ancient Greeks are woven throughout the history of Western culture. The exploits of Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Venus, Hermes, Diana, Bacchus and a host of many others have been retold in countless ways in all areas of the arts – visual, performing, literary – for centuries since the height of ancient Greek culture from the 8th – 3rd centuries B.C. This exhibition brings to light the colorful characters and tales of Greek mythology as represented in various types of objects in the MOAS collections and shows that the legacy of one of the world’s oldest cultures is still alive and well.

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SPRING PROGRAMS Ongoing Events Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm Take a break from your busy day and enjoy weekly Yoga in the Gallery at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Meet in the lobby to join registered yoga instructor, Ashley Brooks of Holistic Movements, for an hour-long session that will provide you with an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses. Class is open to all experience levels. Please bring a mat, towel, and water. Space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to the Museum at 386-255-0285. $10.00 for future members, $5.00 for members.

July July 8 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Spirit 8:00pm Laser Zeppelin 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Wall $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows.

July 13 5:30pm-7:30pm Wine Tasting: The World Cup of Wine Join us at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art for our wine tasting series with S.R. Perrott. Spend the evening among friends while you sip up knowledge on swirling, tasting, and describing wines while learning about different pairings. This month’s program will be themed around “All-Star Wines” from six different countries. This event is for ages 21 and older. Seating is limited. Call the Museum at 386-255-0285 to purchase your admission and reserve your seat! $30.00 for future members, $20.00 for members. July 15 3:00pm-4:00pm Hurricanes: The Story Behind the Storm Join Dr. Michael E. Olson, Professor of Physics and Meteorology at Daytona State College and volunteer for Volusia County’s Community Organizations Active Disasters (COAD) for an important discussion about the science of hurricanes and preparations for the upcoming hurricane season. Free for members or with paid museum admission.

July 27 3:00pm-4:00pm Talk and Walk: Florida – Battlefield to Homefront From the Seminole Wars in the early 1800s to the Civil War and the two World Wars in the 20th Century, Florida has had a role in many of the conflicts on this continent. The MOAS collection contains art, artifacts, graphics, and other items related to this unique aspect of Florida history and, together with objects from other Floridian institutions, this exhibition brings this story to light. Tracing 200 years of military history of the state provides a view into its rapid growth from early southern outpost to integral player in the country’s worldwide conflicts. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, for a walkthrough of this important Florida history exhibit. Free for members or with paid museum admission. July 29 11:00am-4:00pm Family Engineering Day Inspire the next generation of scientists and enjoy a fun time tinkering, building, and experimenting with our many hands-on science stations. Enhance your knowledge in science, technology, engineering, robotics, mathematics, and more. Enjoy exploring our tinkerer lab, making paper rockets, food chemistry, and many more science stations. Free for members or with paid museum admission.

AUGUST August 1 1:00pm-4:00pm Painting Demonstration with Florida Landscape Artist, Arnold Desmaris People of all artistic interests will enjoy this unusual opportunity to watch classically trained artist, Arnold Desmaris, recreate a painting from his private collection right before your very eyes. Please join us in the Education Room at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art for a visit between 1:00pm and 4:00pm as Mr. Desmarais exhibits the intricate craft of fine art painting. Mr. Desmarais will narrate the process and answer as many questions as time allows. Free to the public.

July 18 3:00pm-4:00pm Coffee, Chocolates, and Collections: Cuba Art, History, and Culture Discover the rich collection of art from the colonial era 1650 to the early modern period 1959. Learn about the European-inspired culture of Cuba as an extension of western civilization in the tropics. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias and MOAS Docent, Juan Junco, in the Root Family Auditorium for a discussion about the significance of the art and the artists who created them. Free for members or with paid museum admission.

August 9 8:30am-4:00pm Member’s Only Trip: Appleton Museum of Art Join us for a member’s only trip to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. The Appleton is a gem in the heart of Ocala with permanent collections of European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary, and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The various galleries also include temporary and traveling exhibitions such as Coveted Delights: Qing Dynasty Snuff Bottles and Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil. MOAS members joining the trip will have the opportunity to view these two wonderful exhibitions and more! Enjoy lunch afterwards at Mojo Grill, one of the best dining experiences in Ocala with its southernstyle hospitality and Mississippi delta eatery. $40.00 for members only (Includes Museum admission and transportation. Lunch is not included.) Please meet at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art no later than 8:30am.

July 22 7:00pm-9:45pm Summer Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Country 8:00pm Laser Vinyl 9:00pm Laser Zeppelin $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows.

Schedule: 8:30am: Depart from the Brown Museum (please do not arrive any later than 8:30am) 11:00am: Guided Tour of the Appleton Museum of Art 12:00pm: Self-Guided Tour of the Appleton Museum of Art 1:00pm: Lunch at Mojo Grill

2:30pm: Depart from Ocala 4:00pm: Arrive at MOAS (approx.) August 12 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Beatles 8:00pm Pink Floyd – The Wall 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows. August 15 3:00pm-4:00pm Gods and Goddesses: Greek and Roman Mythology in the Collections at MOAS Join Ruth Grim, Chief Curator and Gary R. Libby Curator of Art, for a gallery walk through this exhibition describing how the great mythological figures and stories from Ancient Greece and Rome have been inter-woven into Western culture since at least the Renaissance. Free for members or with paid museum admission. August 16 7:00pm-9:00pm National Rum Day Tasting Join us for a National Rum Day celebration in the Courtyard of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art with Copper Bottom Craft Distillery. Learn about the process of distilling rum locally from Jeremy Craig of Copper Bottom Distillery as well as the history of the original Rum Runners of Holly Hill by MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, while tasting rum samples and popular rum cocktails. Enjoy the social atmosphere, music, and light appetizers among friends. This event is for ages 21 and older. Call the Museum to purchase admission at 386-255-0285. $20.00 for future members, $15.00 for members. August 17 2:00pm-3:30pm Florida Vistas Book Club: Don Juan McQueen by Eugenia Price Join us for our monthly Florida history book club at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. This is the story of John McQueen, American patriot and friend of Washington and Jefferson, who finds himself bankrupt and forced to flee to Spanish East Florida to escape imprisonment. He obtains a new identity and becomes a confidante of the Spanish governor in St. Augustine. The characters struggle with religion, Spanish influence and America’s quest for expansion and recognition. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386255-0285. Free for members, $5.00 for future members. August 17 4:00pm-4:45pm Special Planetarium Show: Preparing for the Great American Eclipse of 2017 Join us for an exciting and unique show about the upcoming total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on Monday, August 21st. With our digital universe, you will learn how eclipses work, the history of their observation, safe viewing techniques, and where to find the path of totality across the continental U.S. Even though this will be a partial eclipse for Floridians, we will discuss how to safely view this rare phenomenon. You can even join us for a viewing at MOAS on the 21st. We will also be selling solar eclipse glasses for $1.00 at the front desk before and after the show. Free for members, with paid museum admission, or $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.

SUMMER PROGRAMS August 19 3:00pm-4:30pm Afternoon with Florida History Join us for a presentation on Florida history. $7.00 for future members, $5.00 for members. Florida Forts: On the Edge of Empire Discover the amazing forts that now sit as relics to a bygone age in Florida history. The Spanish, English, French, and Americans all built major fortification to control the all-important strategic peninsula. Uncover the history of Florida through historic forts such as Fort Caroline, Fort Clinch, St. Augustine Castillo, Fort Pickens, Fort Christmas, and many more. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, and learn about Florida’s amazing history through the eyes of its forts. The Minorcans from New Smyrna to St. Augustine After the British received Florida in 1763, they offered land grants to populate the peninsula. A Scottish physician, Andrew Turnbull, jumped at the chance to acquire land in Florida as he planned to begin an agricultural colony near present day Daytona Beach. As the story of what happens unfolds, the colonists eventually become residents of St. Augustine during the British period of Florida’s rich history. Join Steve Voguit, Assistant Professor of History and Geography Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Major Facility and Humanities Department at Flagler College to learn about the history of Minorcans as they took up a new life in St. Augustine. August 21 1:00pm-4:15pm Special Event: Great American Eclipse Viewing Come view a rare and spectacular event as the moon passes over the sun in a partial solar eclipse for the Florida skies. We will be exercising safe viewing experiences by selling solar eclipse glasses and operating our solar filter-equipped telescope that will allow visitors to see the eclipse happening in real time (weather permitting). We will have staff on-hand to discuss the science behind the event and will be tuning into digital streams of the total solar eclipse occurring across the U.S. Free for the public. August 26 7:00pm-9:45pm Summer Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser U2 8:00pm Laser Vinyl 9:00pm Laser Metallica $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows.

August 30 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and Learn: Curator’s Choice at the Brown Museum Join James “Zach” Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and History at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art as he shares some of his personal favorites from the collection. Learn about Florida’s history and ecological wonders through this amazing historic collection. Call the Museum at 386-255-0285 ext. 312 to RSVP and place your lunch order. Space is limited and advanced RSVP and paid lunch are required. Lecture and tour is $5.00 plus the price of paid lunch for future members. Lecture and tour is free plus the price of paid lunch for members. August 31 4:00pm-4:45pm Special Planetarium Show: Experiencing the Great American Eclipse of 2017 Did you miss the Great American Eclipse that occurred on August 21st? No worries! We will be highlighting the spectacular footage captured of the solar eclipse as it crossed the continental United States. Using the planetarium software, we will also explore how eclipses work and the scientific implications of studying them. Curator of Astronomy, Seth Mayo, and Planetarium Educator, Jason Schreiner, will discuss their experiences viewing and capturing the total eclipse and what to look forward to for the Great North American Eclipse that will be occurring in 2024. Free for members, with paid museum admission, or $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.

SEPTEMBER September 9 4:00pm-4:45pm You Run the Show! Join us in the MOAS Planetarium to take a journey to anywhere in the universe that you would like to explore during this quarterly presentation, guided by you! Come to the show prepared with a brief topic of your choice and let’s travel there to discuss it. We cannot wait to star gaze and navigate the universe with you! Free for members, with paid museum admission, or $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. September 9 7:00pm-9:45pm Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert 7:00pm Laser Spirit 8:00pm Electrolaze 9:00pm Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon $5.00 for one show, $7.00 for two shows, and $9.00 for three shows.

September 12 7:00pm-9:00pm Movie in the Courtyard Join us for an outdoor movie in the Florida Hospital Courtyard at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, sponsored by the Law Office of Wickersham & Bowers. This month, we will be screening the film, Casablanca. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks and beverage stations will be available for purchasing snacks and drinks. This is a family-friendly event. Free for members, $5.00 for future members. September 13 3:00pm-4:00pm Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuban Connection Join Rodney Kite-Powell, Director of the Touchton Map Library and the Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, for a talk outlining the many connections and similarities between Cuba and Florida over the past 500 years. Cuba’s role as Spain’s “Key to the Caribbean” and Florida’s position as both the southernmost state in the continental United States and the northernmost area of the Caribbean allowed both to serve as gateways to the New World. Since the 1850s, Florida and Cuba have been bound together through business, cultural, and family ties that still endure to this day, despite over 50 years of political and ideological separation. Free for members or with paid museum admission. September 16 10:00am-3:00pm Natural History Festival Join us for our annual celebration of all things natural history. Enjoy natural history specimens on display from rarely seen MOAS collections with many examples of fossils, mollusks, corals, insects, and more. Enjoy the various exhibitors that will have displays set up around the Museum. Various presentations will take place hourly throughout the day. Free for members or with paid museum admission. Schedule 10:00am Fossil Hunters TV Show Have you tuned into Fossil Hunters on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.? Here is your chance to meet the cast! Join Zach, Allison, Dave, Trish, John, Linda, Don, and April, as they share a video summary of their first season of discoveries, highlighting the only television series being broadcasted on fossil hunting. Various guest fossil hunters from the series will be in attendance as well. See some of the most exciting adventures that these “fossilheads” have had over the last two years. Enjoy a Q&A with the cast after the video presentation. 11:00am River of Grass, River of Time: The State of the Everglades in 2017 There is only one Everglades, but the future of this national treasure is uncertain. Join Clayton Ferrer, Executive Director of the United Nations Accredited NGO, IDEAS for Us, and learn about the history, troubled past, and unfolding future of the real Florida’s most celebrated natural treasure. 12:00pm The Diversity of Volusia’s Ecosystems Learn about the large variety of ecosystems that make up Volusia County from mangrove estuaries and pine uplands, to salt marshes. Join Dr. Don Spence, Associate Professor of Biology, Bethune-Cookman University Plant Ecologist and Plant Pathologist on an ecological journey throughout the county and discover our many natural wonders.


SUMMER PROGRAMS 1:00pm A Short History of Nearly Everything Join Jeff Rogers, Provost of the South Florida Museum, for a fascinating scientific journey from “nothing” to the world we see around us today. Along the way, you will take a look at the Big Bang, the origins of matter and energy, the first stars, the creation of elements, the formation of habitable planets, the origins and evolution of life, and the uniquely human adaptations that have allowed us to forge our modern world.

Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas Join us for our monthly Florida history book club at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. Discuss a collection of tales boiling with real estate dealers, egret poachers, rum runners, mango growers, sportsmen, land grabbers, murderers, and mosquitos. These stories provide a rip-snorting glimpse at a South Florida that now exists only in memory. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0085. Free for members, $5.00 for future members.

Records in 1958 that led to the launch of his career as a leader. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet will be delving into the critical body of recording from the 1958 titled album Portrait of Cannonball to his 1962 recording titled Cannonball’s Bossa Nova. Please reserve admission in advance by calling 386-255-0285 or in-person at MOAS! This event is popular and will sell out. $35.00 for future members, $20.00 for members.

2:00pm Smithsonian Environmental Research in the Indian River Lagoon Often recognized as the most biodiverse estuary in the continental United States, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is part of the longest barrier island complex in the United States, spanning 156 miles from Ponce de Leon Inlet in the Mosquito Lagoon, to Jupiter Inlet near West Palm Beach. Dr. Valeri Paul, Director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, will discuss the ongoing research activities at the Smithsonian Marine Station and other research organizations focused on the IRL that include better understanding the factors causing harmful algal blooms, their persistence and termination, documentation, environmental effects, and understanding the role that bivalves and other invertebrates play in maintaining the health of the IRL.

September 23 10:00am-5:00pm Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Enjoy free Museum admission when you present a Museum Day Live! coupon. Beginning August 25th, visit Smithsonian. com/museumday for details and to download your coupon. Coupon does not include planetarium admission.

September 30 7:00pm-9:00pm Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Concert: Portrait of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and the Riverside Years Hard Bop alto saxophonist and former Florida native, Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, first came to national attention through his association as a member of the iconic Miles Davis band in 1957. While having recorded his first album as a leader in 1955 for Savoy Records, it was his association with Riverside Records in 1958 that led to the launch of his career as a leader. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet will be delving into the critical body of recording from the 1958 titled album Portrait of Cannonball to his 1962 recording titled Cannonball’s Bossa Nova. Please reserve admission in advance by calling 386-255-0285 or in-person at MOAS! This event is popular and will sell out. $35.00 for future members, $20.00 for members.

September 21 2:00pm-3:30pm Florida Vistas Book Club: Nine Florida

September 30 3:00pm-5:00pm Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Matinee Concert: Portrait of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and the Riverside Years Hard Bop alto saxophonist and former Florida native, Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, first came to national attention through his association as a member of the iconic Miles Davis band in 1957. While having recorded his first album as a leader in 1955 for Savoy Records, it was his association with Riverside

An elementary school level hands-on Florida nature and fossils class



The Education Department has created a lot of wonderful programs that museum members and guests may not be aware of. One of our biggest and most important audiences are the Volusia County students. The Museum’s partnership with the school system has a long standing history dating back decades. Since the Museum’s beginnings at its current location on Nova Road, children (mainly K-5) have visited the Museum with their school on a yearly basis. The Museum’s Education Department has evolved alongside the school system by constantly adjusting the programming to coincide with curriculum changes as well as offering educational programs that enhance the curriculum.

One popular series of programs that the Education Department has created for students is the selection of handson classes. These classes allow the Education Department to offer more intense course work that goes beyond a general tour of a particular gallery. The Museum uses its vast collections to make classes like these an ideal setting for inquiry based learning and a chance to work with real objects in a unique environment. A hands-on class consists of a gallery tour and an accompanying classroom activity. HANDS-ON FOSSILS CLASS

One of the most popular classes is our Hands-on Fossils class. The first half of class is dedicated to various fossil specimens such as foot prints, teeth, vertebrae, and dinosaur fossils, followed by a tour of the Prehistory of Florida Gallery which contains the Giant Ground Sloth skeleton. The second half of class consists of a hands-on experience for

students where they can sift through various Florida fossils, then sort and classify them using an identification chart. Sorting allows children to create order in their world and perform a scientific activity just like a real paleontologist. Our hands-on programs enhance higher level thinking and are designed to inspire learning. HANDS-ON MILKY WAY Another popular class is called Hands-on Milky Way. This class follows the same format with a 30-minute presentation in the Planetarium, followed by a 30-minute hands-on experience. Students continue to learn more in-depth material by using educational tools that study topics such as rotation, revolution, eclipses, planet size, and gravity. WORLD OF ENERGY SHOW The Education Department has also developed numerous education stage shows that are performed in the Root Family Auditorium. One of the most popular shows is called the World of Energy Show. This 45-minute, interactive presentation follows important STEM science curriculum that is used to reinforce concepts and to inspire a sense of wonder in science. The show covers important content such as electricity, sound energy, various chemical reactions, potential and kinetic energy, and much more. For example, students


MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, James “Zach” Zacharias, at Lafayette Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana giving a talk on hurricane science with the Smithsonian Outreach Team.

learn about sound energy, a type of wave energy, by striking drums and cymbals. The show ends with a demonstration of the ever popular Van der Graf generator. Several lucky students are selected to join the education staff on stage to participate and demonstrate this unique experiment. The Van Der Graf generator is an excellent tool to demonstrate static electricity and the buildup of negative electrons. Students stand on a small stool and place both hands on the metal ball. The result is a huge roar of laughter and amazement as the negative electrons can be seen in their hair. The hair stands straight up as all the negative charges have moved as far away from each other to the ends of the hair. PREHISTORIC FLORIDA FOSSIL SHOW Another popular stage show is our Prehistoric Florida Fossil Show. This interactive show is all about past life on A middle school level hands-on computer video production class.


Earth and the study of paleontology. The show begins with the education staff bringing out the first fossil, which is normally a huge mammoth leg bone. As the show progresses, more mammoth fossils are brought on stage until a partial skeleton has been laid out. This is an interactive way for students to learn the parts of the skeletal body as well as the history of an amazing animal that once roamed Volusia County. The show also teaches how scientists keep journals and the tools they use to collect data. Many extinct Florida Ice Age animals are explored such as the giant ground sloths, mammoths, saber tooth tigers, megalodons, and many others. The show also incorporates a PowerPoint presentation as a backdrop to further enhance the experience. Students leave with a basic knowledge on fossilization, extinction, changing environments, and the important concept of adaptation.

A marine science class at Rose Bay

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHTS Family Science Nights are another type of service that the Museum offers to Volusia County schools. Family Science Nights first began in 2008 and have been very successful for the Education Department. This is a way to bring the Museum to your school for the night and is a service that any school can book. Family Science Night allows for the whole family to attend, including siblings. The 2016-2017 school year has been a record year for the Family Science Nights program. This familybased program has 15 science stations on activities such as astronomy, physics, environmental science, paleontology, and other sciences. The program lasts for an hour and a half during which students and their families visit the different science stations in the comfort of their own school. The Museum designed the stations to follow the state science curriculum for

Members of the MOAS Education Department with the Portable Planetarium. From left to right: Kelsey Hansen, Seth Mayo, and Nicole Messervy.

grades K-5. Many of the science stations are table top versions of the exhibits that already exist in the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum. Thanks to our amazing partnership with the GE Volunteers, they have helped us to design and create these one-of-a-kind science stations. A new station that made its debut this year was a tabletop version of the Museum’s popular laser harp. With the help of Jim Kotas and his team of GE Volunteers, the new tabletop laser harp station teaches sound and light energy. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most spectacular of all of our science night stations is the portable planetarium. This amazing piece of equipment creates an inflatable dome that is 26 feet wide and 13 feet tall. The portable planetarium features a star machine, projection unit, and most importantly, a curator to run a live night sky show. During the program, a curator will run four to six 15-minute astronomy shows to accommodate the large crowds in attendance. This Family Science Night program has been so popular that is has taken us to five different counties and countless schools. Every year we are always striving to perfect our outreach stations by improving them or creating new stations to stay current with any curriculum updates. Family Science Nights can also be booked and held at the Museum. The program is the same length in time, but instead of

MOAS Volunteer, Quinn Zacharias, at a middle school science outreach.

tabletop hands-on science stations, the school has access to the entire Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum. Included in this program is the digital planetarium and select museum galleries. This works well for the local schools surrounding the Museum. Programs such as these take a dedicated and flexible team of educators to create and keep these programs running on a regular basis. The Education Department

is constantly reevaluating the curriculum, teaching tools, and the effectiveness of these programs. The department is always working to improve the experience of our guests while implementing new teaching strategies to be as effective as possible. These programs are designed to motivate and educate in an informal learning environment. The Education Department strives to inspire lifelong learning, and it is never too early to start.

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Solar Eclipse from space. Image Credit: NASA


solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the sunlight from reaching the Earth. For a viewer, there appears to be a void in the sky, as the shadow cast by the Moon envelops an area stretching around a person for miles. As you look at the Moon, you will see the blackest black imaginable, surrounded by the atmospheric halo of the Sun’s tenuous and undulating corona, normally invisible from the overpowering brilliance of the Sun itself. It is a stark reminder of the Sun’s active nature. Fortuitously for Earthlings, the distances work so that the apparent size of the Moon exactly fits over the Sun to create perfect coverage. The Sun is about 400 times the diameter of the Moon, but the Moon is also about 400 times closer. This was not always the case. Early in Earth’s 4.5 billion year history, the Moon began closer to our planet, taking up a larger portion of the sky. Due to the exchange of


gravitational energy between the two bodies, the Moon perpetually drifts farther way, at a current rate of 1.6 inches per year from its average distance of about 239,000 miles. We are now in the exact, perfect time for the Moon to cover the Sun, while still letting the Sun’s corona peek past its edges. Eventually, the Moon will blot out only a portion of the Sun as it moves away from us and will cover a smaller area of the sky, leaving a solar ring during an eclipse. While beautiful, it will still pale (no pun intended) in comparison to a total eclipse. One day, there will be a final total solar eclipse. Good news though, we still have about 500 million years until this happens. While the entire continental United States will receive at least a partial eclipse, only the full splendor can be experienced in the relatively narrow shadow path of totality or umbra. For those remaining in areas of semishadowed penumbral (or partial) eclipse, safe viewing precautions must be taken, as looking at even a sliver of the Sun directly is still highly hazardous. As in moments leading up to the

total eclipse, viewers of a partial eclipse must use special equipment, such as solar filters, eclipse glasses, or even welder’s masks, provided they are grade #14 or darker. Regular sunglasses are not nearly dark enough to protect from the immense photonic overload that the Sun can impart upon our eyes.

When it comes to Sun safety, there are three rules to remember: 1. Never look directly at the Sun. 2. Never look directly at the Sun! 3. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN!

The only time you can look at the Sun with yourEven naked eyesperiods is during quick totality, brief of the unprotected when you are technically at the Moon viewing can causelooking permanent in damage your viewing path rather than seeing the to vision or even blindness. blinding sun itself.

One of the most incredible natural spectacles that can be witnessed by humans will take place across the entire continental United States this summer. Stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, The Great American Eclipse will plunge a swath of the U.S. into daytime darkness, as the celestial motion of our solar system brings the Earth, Moon, and Sun into brief alignment. On August 21, 2017, this total eclipse of the Sun will be the first in almost 40 years to grace America.

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The Great American Eclipse map. Image credit - Michael Zeiler,

While the entire event spans nearly three hours in the path of totality, totality itself will only last a few moments – about 2 minutes and 30 seconds for most places, but viewers will remember that precious time for the rest of their lives. You will have a deeper awareness of the motion of our planet and the Moon as you witness this movement with a clarity never available before. You could experience unexpected emotions; viewers often report primal feelings of awe and amazement, with an uncontrollable urge to gasp, shout, or cheer. You will certainly smile and you may even cry as you realize, perhaps for the first time, that you are not an outsider, detachedly watching the universe, but rather a full participant in the cosmic action. The Moon’s shadow will race across the Earth, finally encompassing you in darkness and a sunset seeming to come from all directions on the horizon. Bright stars, such as Regulus, and the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars will be visible in the sky. Vibrant colors will dance in the heavens near the eclipse. You will feel a profound connection to your planet, the universe, and your fellow humans as never before. Pictures and videos cannot do justice to the firsthand experience. When it ends, you will likely have been bitten by the eclipse bug, and will begin planning for the next one in 2024.

While the entire continental United States will receive at least a partial eclipse, only the full splendor can be experienced in the relatively narrow shadow path of totality or umbra.


A total solar eclipse is a rare and extraordinary phenomenon – a cosmic billiard shot as the Earth, Moon, and Sun align in an incredible celestial coincidence.

Eclipse alignment. Image Credit: NASA

Eclipses are not just renowned for their beauty, as they create rare opportunities for some serious scientific work. The solar eclipse of May 29, 1919 helped confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Measurements of stellar distances within the constellation Taurus could be made with and without the sun between them. An apparent shift in distances while stars were visible near the eclipsed Sun demonstrated the deflection of their light as it passed around the Sun, en route to Earth, thus substantiating Einstein’s claims on the nature of light, gravity, and the warping of spacetime and therefore expanding humanity’s knowledge of the nature of reality (see Figure 1 below). The eclipse also provides an opportunity to better understand the Sun’s faint corona. Some strange things happen in the corona, where the 10,000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures at the surface of the Sun sharply and perplexingly spike a few million degrees farther away from the surface (see Figure 2 below). Data collected during each eclipse brings us one step closer to solving this “coronal heating problem” and better grasping the stellar dynamics of our home star.



If possible, totality should not be missed. The reason this particular eclipse is so special and has been dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” is due not only to the path covering so much of the U.S., but to its accessibility for so many Americans as well. Most Americans can reach the path of totality within a drive time of about 6 hours, with much of Florida falling into this category. With people flocking into the path from not just the corners of America, but from all around the world, planning will be crucial for those that want to participate. Traffic will be heavy, to say the least. Hotels and flights have been booking for years already. In expectation of the hordes of visitors, many towns will be hosting eclipse festivals. As with every astronomical event, the wild card will be the weather. Remaining on the humid east coast on August 21st is a gamble. The sky could be crystal clear, or there could be thunderstorms and you may miss everything. Even worse is the prospect of being in the peak of hurricane season. Many will be traveling to the dryer northwest United States to avoid this problem. Wherever you make the trek into the path though, experienced eclipse viewers recommend that


first timers avoid taking pictures and videos and instead simply use your senses to fully immerse yourself in the moment. Taking grainy cell phone images will be a poor use of your time, especially compared to the professional footage that will be readily available. A total solar eclipse is a rare and extraordinary phenomenon – a cosmic billiard shot as the Earth, Moon, and Sun alighn in an incredible celestial coincidence. For many, it will be a once in a lifetime experience and will be unforgettable for those that observe it. Do everything you can to witness the majesty or totality. Have a safe and fun viewing!

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The Guild Gets Ready for Fun Fall Events


ummer is now upon us and what a year we have had! The Guild ended the 20162017 season on a high note. April 3 brought the golfers out for the 7th Annual Children’s Museum Golf Classic. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the luncheon, silent auction, and awards ceremony. Our very own MOAS Executive Director, Andrew Sandall, even went home with a trophy! April 11 the Florida Hospital Courtyard at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art was alive with plants and planters for purchase to celebrate the 4th Annual Garden Party Luncheon. Again, another perfect day


brought the crowds for a sold out event. Both of these April events contributed to our total net profit of almost $58,000 for the Museum. Our May 9 meeting was a very special way to end this season. Cici Brown was our guest speaker, updating the crowd with what was going on at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, as well as the main Museum. Her message about the importance of volunteerism hit home to our members who work tirelessly on all events throughout the year. Being a volunteer is a vital part of the Museum’s growth.

For me, these past two years have been exciting and fruitful as President of the Guild. I appreciate all of the board members for their dedication and spirit. While the Guild transitions to become more aligned with the MOAS Board of Trustees during the fall, I feel that we have accomplished a lot in the past two years. Thank you all for your passion in being a Guild member and for supporting the Museum. Check out the Calendar of Events, beginning with our Welcome Back meeting on September 12. Be proud to be a Guild member and bring a neighbor or guest. Enjoy the “fun”raising possibilities this fall.

MOAS GUILD 2017-2018

Event Calendar Guild meetings take place in Root Hall at the main Museum, unless noted otherwise. Social time 10:00 – 10:30am, Meetings or Speakers begin at 10:40am.

September 12 Guild Meeting

Introduce the slate of new board officers. Welcome back and explore all volunteer possibilities.

October 10 Guild Meeting

Vote for new board officers. Speaker and Program TBD.

October 11 Mini “Fun”raiser

Masterpiece Jeweler from 2pm to 5pm Wine and Cheese event

November 4 and 5 55th Halifax Art Festival Beach Street, Daytona Beach

November 14 Guild Meeting

Speaker/Program: John Brinkley

December 9 Family Festival of Trees

11:00am to 5:00pm Enjoy a day of fun with your children at the Museum.

December 12 Guild Meeting

Holiday party and installation of new board members.

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Book collection that belonged to Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista in the Margaret and John J. Wilkinson Library



Every museum has its hidden treasures, objects, or even entire collections that many visitors are not expecting to find. The Library at the Museum of Arts & Sciences surely qualifies as one of these hidden treasures, which is all the more remarkable because there has been a library at MOAS since its beginnings.

The Library’s genesis was fourteen cartons of books from the personal collection of Esther S. Bates as well as the stock of her downtown Daytona Beach bookstore, the Book Nook. Ms. Bates was a well-traveled French teacher and seashell collector who opened her store in 1926. Visitors to the Halifax Art Festival may recall seeing Book Nook on the Guild’s book sale booth – now you know where that came from. Ms. Bates passed away in 1962, and in addition to books, she gifted her large seashell collection. In honor of her donation, the Museum named the library the Bruce Everett Bates Memorial Library after her nephew. The Library was administered by volunteers from the Guild until 2012, most notably by Marge Sigerson who served the library for 40 years (1962-2012). To commemorate her dedication, the Museum’s Annual Volunteer of the Year Award is named after her. The Museum moved to its current location on Nova Road in 1986 where the Library found a new home in the Life Long Learning Center which gave it twice as much space as before. At the time, the collection contained more than 3,000 volumes. The present facility opened ten years later as part of the Administrative Suite in the new Arts & Humanities Wing. It was named the Margaret and John J. Wilkinson Library and houses the renamed Bates Memorial Research Collection. The Wilkinsons were active supporters of the arts, including the library at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach which also bears their name. The new facility made possible by the Wilkinsons was fifty percent larger and featured a new card catalog, shelving, furniture, and equipment. A large conference table made the Library a comfortable place for meetings as well as browsing and research. Following in the footsteps of Marge Sigerson were Thomas and Sena Zane who began putting the library catalog on the computer, later with the help of Lynette

Luff, another MOAS volunteer. Sena was the first professional librarian to work on the collection. The Zanes were very active in many areas of the Museum, most recently making a donation to the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art Endowment through a gallery dedication that bears their names. Today, the Wilkinson Library contains over 4,000 titles, plus periodicals, auction catalogs, and other materials supporting the MOAS collections. It is every bit as diverse as the Museum itself. One might say perhaps a little more diverse because there are materials relevant to visiting exhibits from the past that have since moved on. The Library has been almost entirely built by donations. These were most numerous in the 1960s-1980s, so the majority of the holdings were published during this time. A little over 130 books have been published since 2000. On the other end, there are a couple dozen items issued in the 19th century. While the Library does not collect rare books, per se, it does contain several hundred titles found only at a handful of other libraries. However, it is first and foremost a working collection, so rather than citing individual titles from the collection, perhaps some sample counts will be more useful in illustrating its depth. Planning a trip? There are 350 profusely illustrated catalogs of other museum collections. If you are interested in French art or history, you will find 114 books that focus on this subject. Interested in Cuba? There are 172 books which highlight this topic. Painting and painters is the theme of 288 works in a dozen different languages. There are 74 volumes on worldwide architecture, 43 books on Chinese art, and closer to home, 26 works on Florida art and museums. One wall in the Library is devoted to the book collection that belonged to Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista. Comprising 251 titles, the most visually imposing sets are bound in matching leather. These consist primarily of books on the history and literature of Cuba. However, most of the collection consists of pamphlets, no doubt most automatically sent to Batista by governmental

BEHIND THE SCENES AT MOAS | BOB SKINNER, MOAS VOLUNTEER have appeared over the years. These will be of particular interest to docents who can find articles on the collections, interviews with the donors such as Anderson C. Bouchelle, and similar background material. There are also some interesting general columns that have appeared over the years. For example, a series of 66 profiles on Volusia County artists who were active from 1982-1998. The Library is fortunate to have good runs of auction catalogs from several major art auction houses, including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Swann. Auction catalogs are very useful for research on ownership (provenance) of objects, monetary valuations, and connoisseurship and collecting. Members who are collectors or are thinking about starting collections may find much use in these.

Auction catalogues in the Margaret and John J. Wilkinson Library

departments. Many of these remain unread, their pages still uncut. Interestingly, in spite of the physical rarity of many of the Batista items, they are readily available on microfilm in large Latin American research collections. We are one of the few libraries to have the originals. Although not a part of the Batista collection, there are some interesting related materials. One of these is a scrapbook of Spanish

American War clippings compiled by Stanley Eccles that was presented by the General Lawton Camp #15, United Spanish War Veterans. The Library houses a complete set of the MOAS Arts & Sciences magazine and most of its predecessor, the Seahorse. A computerized index will be completed this spring of some 1900 articles and notices that

The Library is starting to collect archival and special collections material. We have MOAS Guild scrapbooks from 1963-1997 which cover not only the many Guild activities that took place, but provide a window into the Museum’s history. A major project that will occur in the coming years will be to properly house and index these and similar items. The Library is available for use by MOAS members and volunteers by appointment. It is non-circulating. Although the catalog is computerized, there is no public access computer. For more information on access, contact MOAS Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, Monica Mitry at



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ERAU's Dr. Jason Aufdenberg teaching guests about Mars at the annual MOAS Space Day in April 2017.



The Museum of Arts & Sciences is very fortunate to be in Daytona Beach. Not only is this relatively large beach-side city flourishing with its steady stream of new businesses and major community projects underway, it has also developed an academic presence that is impactful on the world stage.

A major reason for this is due to EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). This world-class aviation, engineering, and aerospace institution is now a foundational aspect of Daytona Beach, situated less than a mile away from the MOAS campus. Its close proximity and alignment with the science aspect of MOAS has ignited a close partnership, especially with the Planetarium Department. This partnership has taken many different forms over the years, however it has steadily been evolving and growing (it does not hurt that I am an Embry-Riddle Alumnus) in new directions that has benefited the community in lasting ways. An immensely fulfilling and effective collaboration has been the Museum’s continued devotion to each institution’s public outreach events. About three times per semester, ERAU’s Amateur Astronomy Club hosts their Astronomy Open House – an evening of stargazing, telescope observing, hands-on astronomy activities, and lectures, all held in their beautiful Arts & Sciences building that boasts a one-meter reflecting telescope on the roof. For the last ten years the Museum has supported this hugely popular event by helping work their telescopes and by bringing over the Museum’s equipment to help the public observe the beauty of the night sky. This has been a spectacular way for us to engage with the hundreds of visitors that come to this event, and to promote what the Planetarium is doing here at MOAS. In turn, we have been able to advertise the Open

House’s in the Planetarium over the years to maintain this cross-promotional support we have developed (visit https://observatory. for more information). The Museum’s portable Planetarium has also been utilized at ERAU for their Astronomy Open House and a couple of their Yuri’s Night events that celebrate the cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, and his first trip to space for humanity. It has always been a treat for the Museum to be able to share the wonders of astronomy with college students from the University in a portable dome setting. On many occasions, we have had overwhelming support from ERAU students and faculty for our own events and outreaches. For our star parties we have held throughout the county, including at our very own Gamble Place property in Port Orange and the lighthouse in Ponce Inlet, we have relied on Embry-Riddle’s Amateur Astronomy Club members to bring telescopes and lend a helping hand at teaching alongside our various hands-on astronomy stations that we bring. For the last three annual Space Day events held each spring right here at MOAS, we have seen not only the Astronomy Club’s support, but a whole slew of other clubs, student organizations, and professors participate. The Embry-Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society (ERFSEDS) has participated each year by setting up an exhibit table with their impressive rockets that their student members have built. ERFSEDS members were even able to speak

The student run Amateur Astronomy Club from Embry-Riddle shows off their exhibit table at the annual MOAS Space Day held last April.


A member of ERAU's ERFSEDS rocket club discussing the work they do to a visitor at our annual MOAS Space Day held last April.

ERAU. He has presented his research, Seeing Double with Spica, discussing the challenges of accurately measuring this binary star system in the constellation Virgo, as a general lecture for our guests and again for a symposium we held for planetarium professionals last March. Dr. Aufbenberg has worked closely with our Planetarium Department in bringing over students from his History of Astronomy class the last two fall semesters to conduct an overview of basic night sky observing principles. The Museum was able to utilize the powerful Planetarium software to create a custom program that would allow Dr. Aufdenberg to teach effectively in the immersive environment.

during the first Space Day event in 2015, when they presented on projects they have accomplished. During the 2016 Space Day, we were privileged to have two members from the University’s Mars Desert Research Crew – who spent two weeks in early 2016 in Utah – simulating a Mars mission by conducting field research in an isolated facility in the desert. We have also seen support from the Space Sciences, Policy, and Operations Club (formerly Commercial Space Operations Club), where they have highlighted the work that students do in the newly formed Commercial Space Operations degree program. During our most recent Space Day this past April, we had graduate student, Maggie Gallant (former Astronomy Club President) present, The Life of an Astronomy Student, in the Planetarium. She discussed her experiences working with ERAU’s large rooftop observatory and what it takes to study astronomy and physics in college. A major collaboration that we have established, especially in the new Planetarium, has been with many prominent ERAU professors who have given amazing talks on space and astronomy topics. A great friend and colleague of the MOAS Planetarium is Dr. Jason Aufdenberg, Associate Professor of Physics and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at

Seth Mayo, Curator of Astronomy at left is standing next to Nobel Laureate, Dr. John Mather, who was invited to speak in the the planetarium by ERAU's Dr. Terry Oswalt at right.


Before the summer of 2016, the Museum again worked with Dr. Aufdenberg on a joint 3D space poster exhibit that was put on display in the Planetarium lobby for the summer. The Museum supplied red-cyan glasses to visitors to appreciate the images in a 3D perspective. For this collaboration, Dr. Aufdenberg secured funds from the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium to pay for large format image prints and MOAS supplied museum-style labels to accompany them. To discuss the human element in space, the Museum hosted Dr. Jason Kring, Associate Professor of Human Factors and Systems, ERAU, in the Planetarium on numerous occasions. His engaging presentations have helped our audiences understand what it takes to be an astronaut and the hardships and challenges they face living and working in space. Dr. Kring has been kind enough to present during the 2015 Space Day as well as the lecture series that went along with our most recent space exhibit, NASA Innovations: How Space Technology Shapes Our Everyday World. The Museum has also had the opportunity to work with the Chair of the ERAU Physical Sciences Department and Professor of Engineering Physics, Dr. Terry Oswalt. MOAS first worked with Dr. Oswalt in early 2015, when he graciously brought over Nobel Laureate, Dr. John Mather, the Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. To a packed Planetarium audience, Dr. Mather spoke on his Big Bang research with the COBE spacecraft that won him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006. He also discussed the next generation space-based observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, that will look deeper into our universe than ever before.

ERAUS's Dr. Terry Oswalt speaking in the Planetarium about Pluto during our PlutoPalooza event held in July 2015 to celebrate the flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft.

In July of 2015, ERAU’s Dr. Oswalt came back to the Planetarium to speak during the Museum’s Pluto-Palooza event to celebrate the first spacecraft flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. As a member of the International Astronomical Union, and someone who voted Pluto to its dwarf planet status, Dr. Oswalt had great insight into the mission and what this little world is all about in his talk titled, Why I Helped Kill Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. These vital collaborations have helped MOAS bring real science - and the people in the trenches doing the science - out in the public eye in engaging and immersive ways through the Planetarium. One of the most meaningful connections that MOAS has maintained through the years are the Embry-Riddle students that have been hired as Planetarium staff members. On our staff are those who are studying all types of STEM related degrees like Commercial Space Operations, Engineering Physics, Human Factors, and Aeronautics. This has been a great way for the Museum to keep up-to-date on the current climate of space, as well as to inspire individuals who are striving to work in the space industry, providing them a platform to relay what they have learned to the public. This strong connection with Embry-Riddle has served as a major supporter of the Planetarium’s success since its opening. This vital connection between ERAU and MOAS will only get stronger, and we hope that this bond will carry forward into the future with new and exciting projects and collaborations to come.

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