BK SciArt focuses on something sweet at TasteWG
by Chase Collum
Sep 25, 2013 | 1333 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tucked into a corner of the Taste Williamsburg-Greenpoint food festival on Sunday at East River State Park was the as-yet, mobile-only Brooklyn Science & Art – or BKSciArt – Museum. It was hosting a honey tasting while educating the epicurean crowd about ways to help slow the effects of colony collapse disorder.

This is just one of several different exhibitions and events hosted by a group that is working to create a brick-and-mortar science and art museum in North Brooklyn.

BK SciArt representative Jeanna Nikolov explained that their goal in appearing at TasteWG was not to raise money, but to raise awareness for their cause and for the issues that come with declining bee populations.

On display were of striking macro photos of a variety of species and a small cutout of a bee hive encased in glass.

The interactive side of the exhibit included a chance to talk with a professional beekeeper from the Green Oasis Garden in the Lower East Side, some beekeeping headgear to try on, and free packets of wildflower seeds for spring planting to help create a more bee-friendly city.

On a broader scale, explained Nikolov, the concept of the science and art museum is to explore the interrelations of the two disciplines.

“They both have similar processes, and they can nurture each other,” she said. “We want to foster the relationship between them. There's a lot of talk about STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], but there are many proponents saying it should be 'STEAM.'”

One SciArt project that works to that end is the Salon series, where everyday intellectuals can gather over a glass of wine and ask questions about some of the overarching concerns of science and art.

“They are based on the literary salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, when scientists and artists could learn what processes they had in common.”

Currently, community outreach is key to the current mission of the SciArt project, representative Raphael Rosen said that establishing a home base is also a main focus.

“We hope to have a new home here ASAP,” he said, explaining that the vision for the project is that it should be something, “very cutting edge and interesting for all ages.”

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