Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
JANUARY 18, 2020 — MAY 10, 2020
A traveling exhibition that examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago. With cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos of real-life stories, the exhibition examines both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society.
From the moment you enter the exhibition, you will find yourself immersed in an interactive, futuristic environment that communicates the revolutionary nature of genomics. The exhibition gives you a window into genomes that provides new ways of looking at yourself as an individual, as a member of a family and a species, and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.
To compliment and expand on the themes presented in Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, Actors Collective presents THE SECRET OF LIFE: A Science Play Series, performed reader’s theatre style. These plays are presented in partnership with MOSH and sponsored by STAGE Fund.
March 13 – 15
Encore Performance | A riveting and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and the often-overlooked role she played in the discovery of the double helix. Photograph 51 masterfully weaves the thriller-like twists and tension in the race to discover the structure of DNA with lyrical moments of awe and scientific wonder, while revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman.
THE HOW AND THE WHY
June 12 – 14
Evolution and emotion collide in this thought-provoking play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference Rachel, a young, up-and-coming evolutionary biologist with a radical new hypothesis challenges the work and life choices of an established professor, who is revealed to be her birth mother. This intimate and keenly perceptive play examines the development and progression of scientific theory, along with the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
September 11 – 13
Set in a world in which human cloning is a reality, A Number explores the ethics of cloning, the fragility of personal identity and the conflicting claims of nature and nurture. A beguiling psychological thriller that blends scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and sons.
Eat Well, Play Well
FEBRUARY 1, 2020 — MAY 10, 2020
What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Families, children and school groups will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well. This highly interactive, bilingual exhibit encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover there are many fun and interesting ways to stay active.
Visitors will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, see firsthand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize that they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices that are within their reach!
Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks
OCTOBER 29, 2019 — MAY 31, 2020
This exhibition, organized by the Timucuan Parks Foundation, marks the Foundation’s 20th anniversary. Through original art, illustrated text panels, wildlife cutouts, and an exciting new video production, the exhibit discusses the creation of the nation’s largest urban park system and the role that system plays in Jacksonville’s identity and sense of well-being. The exhibit includes four new paintings by artist Kathy Stark and a new video featuring drone footage captured by Tom Schifanella and photographs taken by Will Dickey. Also included is a map by Kathy Stark of the various preservation parks in northeast Florida.