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Give where your art is April 29

This article appeared in the April 26, 2013 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

Explorit Science Center is thrilled to be participating in the 24-Hour Online Day of Giving for the Arts on April 29th.  This Day of Giving challenge sponsored by GiveLocalNow in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and For Art’s Sake is the first of its kind in the greater Sacramento area.

Day of Giving challenges have been held by communities across the country to raise funds and highlight the vital role that nonprofits play in community life. This first local Day of Giving will focuses on the arts, paving the way for future Days of Giving across all nonprofit sectors. 

Monday, April 29th will be your chance to participate in this event and support Explorit at the same time.  Explorit’s current exhibition “Beautiful World: Science and Art” celebrates the fusion of artistic expression and scientific investigation.

“Beautiful World” has transformed the walls of Explorit’s museum into an art gallery showcasing photographs, textile art and other pieces from local artists, including some for sale with proceeds benefiting Explorit.  We’re also showcasing art from local schools such as Da Vinci High to help students bring their work out of the classroom and into the community.

We’ve even got some art contests going on.  The “Save Our Spiders” art competition gives k-12 students and their teachers a chance to win great prizes while using creative expression to spread the word about the importance of spiders in local ecosystems.  Winning entries will be displayed at the Davis Art Center as part of their on-going partnership with Explorit.

But we don’t just stop at visual art.  Our Web of Words project publishes original spider-themed stories and poetry on the web to reach a world-wide audience.  Find out more at http://www.explorit.org/csp/wow.

These wonderful science and art collaborations are only possible through generous giving and community involvement.  GiveLocalNow’s Day of Giving will be an exciting and fun way to accomplish both those goals.  Plus, all donations made to Explorit on April 29th through GiveLocalNow will be matched with a pro-rated portion of the match pool resulting in even more resources for continued art and science collaboration events

So on Monday, April 29 head to www.givelocalnow.org to support Explorit, have your donation matched, and contribute to the on-going exploration and celebration of art and science in our community.

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Explorit’s events:

• Spider Lecture Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Mori Seiki.  Prof. Chad Johnson from Arizona State University will delve into the bizarre mating and eating habits of urban black widows.  This lecture is recommended for those ages 13 and up.  See www.Explorit.org/csp/blackwidow for more information and to R.S.V.P.

• Summer Camp Volunteer Recruitment – Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10, 2013 to assist with activities during Summer Camp 2013.  Volunteers must be age 12 to adult.  If you are interested in volunteering please email Lisa at lisaj@explorit.org for more information and a volunteer application. 

• Explorit Summer Camp Registration – New Sections of 1st – 2nd Grade Camps Now Open!  We have added additional sections of our most popular 1st – 2nd grade camps.  These sections are filling up quickly, so don’t delay sign up today! Register on-line at www.explorit.org/programs/summer-camp.

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow us on twitter at @ExploritScience.

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