Science Gallery Lab Detroit seeks young learners

Science Gallery Lab Detroit seeks young learners
December 12, 2017 paperlesslion
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Science Gallery Lab Detroit (SGLD) is now seeking proposals for HUSTLE, an exhibition that will explore what it means for people to work hard, to be hopeful, to be taken advantage of, or to wonder what the future holds.

Get your thinking caps on right now! The deadline for proposals is Friday, Dec. 15. Submit your ideas here.

“Hustle is embodied by success as well as struggle, making it an unofficial rallying cry for the city and a fitting theme for SGLD’s inaugural exhibition in the summer of 2018,” said Troy Livingston, director, Science Gallery Lab Detroit.

“Choosing a theme that was locally relevant but globally applicable was a priority for us in our first open call,” Livingston said. “Historically, Detroit has symbolized both the American dream and blue collar grit. Detroiters are resilient and they work to overcome when faced with issues.”

The exhibition will explore what psychology, sociology, biology, criminology, behavioral economics, technology, and other domains can tell us about hustling and being hustled, although those prompts are just starting points to provoke thought.

Proposals should match SGLD’s three core aims to connect, participate, and surprise, and have relevance to its core audience of 15 to 25 year olds. Works should invite visitors to participate, create, and discuss. Formats are not restricted to physical artifacts. Projects may range from sculptures or installations to ideas for events and workshops.


“You don’t have to be an artist or scientist by trade to submit a proposal for HUSTLE,”  Livingston said. “Anyone can submit. We welcome collaborations across disciplines, and sometimes we can even help facilitate those collaborations. If you have an idea, but you’re looking for a connection, start a conversation with us through the open call platform.”

Curators of the open call include  Scott Campbell, a visual artist and a Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Ava Ansari, independent curator with Poetic Societies, Troy Livingston, Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit, and Mark Sullivan, Professor of Music at Michigan State University.

Deadline for applications is December 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST. Provisional exhibition dates are early June 2018 through late August 2018. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.

SGLD is the first Science Gallery Lab in the Americas, developed in partnership with Michigan State University. SGLD aims to unlock the creative potential of 15-to-25 year olds by taking emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design, and technology, and presenting them in connective, participative, and surprising ways. The pioneering Science Gallery was developed at Trinity College Dublin in 2008.

Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15–25 year olds with science. In 2012, the Global Science Gallery Network was launched with the support of This initiative aims to establish Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first new gallery opening in London in 2018, Melbourne opening in 2020, Bengaluru opening in 2020, Venice in 2020, and a lightweight, Lab format opening in Detroit in 2017. For more information visit:

Science Gallery Labs will be the ‘innovation engine’ of the Global Science Gallery Network, building on the groundbreaking work of Science Gallery and reinventing it in experimental, uncommon and creative ways. As a positively disruptive agent within the academic setting, Science Gallery Lab Detroit will engage academics and students at Michigan State University with new approaches and means of collaboration, embedding multidisciplinarity and public engagement at all levels in the university system. Science Gallery Lab Detroit will go beyond conventional education and engagement activities, and as the porous membrane between the university and city, it is a catalyst to connect MSU faculty, students and staff with the surrounding creative communities. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and will play a pivotal role pushing the boundaries of the entire Global Science Gallery Network.

Science Gallery Labs will unlock the creative potential of young people and in particular of learners from non-dominant or marginalised backgrounds who would otherwise never come into contact with tertiary education, and those who are traditionally distant from formal and informal education models – with an emphasis on broadening the participation of young women in this area. Science Gallery Labs will provide opportunities for young people to develop skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, create fertile ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, and act as a source of new connections and inspiration for young people around the globe.