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Discover Little Microbes and Their Big Impact in New Exhibit

‘Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me…’ might be the common tune going through one’s head when washing their hands; a song the CDC suggests to sing through twice in order to effectively handwash long enough to kill germs and stop the spread of viruses. In a new pop-up exhibit that just opened at Midland Center for the Arts, the microscopic world of viruses, bacteria and other microbes are under review as patrons can discover what makes us sick and how we can combat these with various healthy living choices.

“At the intersection of science and art we are able to develop and create unique and interactive exhibits that can educate our community, giving families a fun experience for the day,” said Terri Trotter, Midland Center’s President & CEO. “While our Museum of Science & Art remains closed and without power due to the flood, we are reimagining our Brick Lobby as a pop-up Museum experience for this exhibit and for visual art displays.”

From the Inside Out was designed to lighten the conversation on germs and their role in the world through limited contact activities like the Germ Shooting Range and a giant Operation Game, as well as the New York Hall of Science’s traveling exhibits that delve into the facts about transmission and prevention. “We are thrilled to feature this experience as part of this exhibit which uses the novel coronavirus as a teaching moment on what a virus is, how it spreads, what’s special about COVID-19 and why it’s important for scientists in different countries to share information globally,” mentioned Julie Johnson, Midland Center’s Director of Museums.

Both of the New York Hall of Science’s exhibit, Science Behind the News: Viruses and Science Behind the News: Vaccines will be available in English and Spanish to understand this ongoing conversation to inform communities around the globe to empower them to feel confident in understanding the facts.

“After our world was shaken this past year, understanding how we can combat the spread of germs, protect ourselves, our families, and stay informed on the science behind the spread of deadly viruses like COVID-19, Dupont is proud to support this exhibit in offering FREE admission for the community to learn about the science,” mentioned Kayley Lyons, Dupont’s Community Relations Leader. “From the Inside Out is a great exploration for the entire family and for people of all ages.” 

This exhibit is now open weekly through September 4 in the Brick Lobby at Midland Center for the Arts. Visitors can explore From the Inside Out Thursday evenings 5 – 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 4 p.m. Learn more about this exhibit along with other pop-up exhibits around the community by visiting Free admission to this exhibit has been made possible through the support of Dupont.

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Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday is the former Director of Communications at Midland Center for the Arts. Telling the stories of artists, innovators and modern day explorers!

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