Brooklyn Science and Art Museum sets date for first pop-up museum
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 10, 2013 | 1268 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pop-up museum proposals are coming in, as North Brooklyn non-profit Town Square continues to develop its plan for the Brooklyn Science and Art Museum.

While it may be some time before North Brooklyn’s waterfront could potentially see the nearly $100 million museum and workspace, the group’s planning committee is hard at work generating a buzz with its new pop-up museums.

Town Square president Susan Anderson and the group’s co-organizer Derek Borowski met with the community and project planning committee at Au Gourmet Café, located at 126 Nassau St., to discuss their first workshop set for May 11 at the Go Green! Greenpoint! Earth Day event at Vincent Abate Playground in McCarren Park.

“This is going to be a very exciting and interesting way of possibly using the space to hold a pop-up,” Anderson said, noting the Parks Department has confirmed the “water area will be on.”

“That could be kind of interesting to do a water event,” she suggested.

As it is still in the beginning phases, Borowski, planning committee member Graciela Flores and the rest of the group are putting together their first workshop to look at “oobleck,” a slime created by mixing cornstarch and water, originally from Dr. Seuss’s, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”.

“We opened an email list, accepted ideas from a lot of people and that was the one that was the most doable,” said Flores, a biologist, science writer and editor for Natural History Magazine.

The group met with curious neighborhood parents and potential investors to discuss the possibility of setting up an “oobleck” pool to demonstrate how the substance can change properties.

In a video display presented at the meeting, adults and children ran across the green slime with ease. When sprinting, they effortlessly made it from one side of the large tub to the other. However, when they walked at a slower pace, they sank.

“Interaction with the community is very important because that is how the idea for the museum started,” Flores said.

Today, the group is still growing and generating more interest as they continue to meet throughout North Brooklyn.

Valeen Bhat, director and founder of Private Picassos, joined the planning committee at the meeting last week to contribute her knowledge of teaching young children about art.

For the past seven years, Private Picassos has taught children creative problem solving, appreciation of art and their own ability to create in schools and their homes throughout New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons and Connecticut.

“As it grows, I think whether it’s pop-up museums or potentially down the line if we do have an actual space, I’m into the whole gamut of it to see how it goes,” Bhat said. “In the meantime, as we get to this final destination of an actual museum, these pop-up museums are really interesting because we can actually pick and choose different locations for different people.”

Similar to her business model, Bhat hopes to bring her knowledge of teaching children about the arts to the development process.

“Some people think of a museum at this sterile and boring place, but if we can take it out of that location and out of that zone, then maybe there is a way to engage new people,” she said.

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