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Traveling exhibition on the art and science of color at the Discovery Museum


Hands-on exposure to the arts can be a critical part of turning average children into Einstein and Sikorsky.

So thinks the Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum, where a new traveling exhibit uses recent research to highlight the concept that “exposure to the arts helps equip students with the skills they need for a lifetime of critical thinking. , problem solving, creativity and innovation “.

Susan Ball, director of institutional development at the museum, said last week that “Color Play” – designed for toddlers to adults – explores the art and science of color, while emphasizing that innovation is the key to success in life and career. It will be visible until March 6. Ball pointed out that “art and science are much more closely related than most people realize.”

“The way the brain works for an inventor or an engineer is remarkably similar to that of an artist or a musician,” she said.

“The truth is that success in almost any career depends on creative thinking. From inventors and scientists to teachers and business leaders, innovation is the special magic ingredient that really makes a difference,” according to a statement from the Museum.

“The exhibit,” Ball said, “really ties in with what we’re trying to accomplish here. Innovation is key, and we need to train our young people to think creatively.”

“Younger children can simply enjoy the rich sensory stimulation it provides, while older children can experiment and study, encountering concepts that will inform their future experiences with science, art and their own creativity,” said explained the museum.

“Toddlers can learn what color does – that there is a cause and an effect,” Ball added, noting that older children and adults alike will have fun playing with the science aspects of it. exposure.

The Color Playhouse is a highlight of the exhibit, inviting children to come in and explore an adventure in every room, from the Yellow Light Room to the Black Light Room to the Rainbow Room. In another gallery, visitors can flash and change a swirling neon sculpture – and work with lights, bubbles, and a simulated printing press to see how colors blend together in different mediums.

“And the best part,” said Ball, “is that everyone is having so much fun that they don’t realize there’s a learning going on.”

“Everyone is talking about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the lives of students. Well, we’re committed to putting an “A” to the word ”- embedding the arts in STEM and thus turning it into SMOKING.

“And isn’t that what we want – to fuel our local economy, to make Bridgeport a center of innovation and technology, as well as to make it an attractive place” to live, work or visit? Ball asked.

In many ways, the nonprofit museum comes full circle in its mission; it was founded in 1962 as a museum of art, science and industry. Over the past 50 years, it has grown into a museum specializing in space education, science and technology with interactive exhibits / experiences for children.

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The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $ 9.50; $ 8 for 3, older; seniors, college students. 203-372-3521;

The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $ 9.50, $ 8 for ages 3 and up, seniors and college students. 203-372-3521;