The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto sponsored the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Family Fundays event on September 17-18, 2016 which was attended by more than 8,500 people. The program titled “Brilliant Science” was part of the educational programming related to the Dale Chihuly Exhibition at the ROM from June 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017.
Brilliant Science included a “Hot Glass Roadshow” featuring Artech Mobile Glass Studio which was parked outside of the ROM giving glassblowing demonstrations to the general public. Family Fundays also included the presentation “Defying Gravity – Chihuly Studio in Conversation” which provided a behind the scenes look at what it takes to create, move, and install Dale Chihuly’s delicate works of glass around the world. This presentation by Head of Exhibitions Britt Cornett and Project Manager Tom Lind provided an overview on how they attach and hang glass works of art and answered numerous questions about the logistical aspects of transporting and installing the ROM’s exhibition.
Other “Brilliant Science” activities focused on the science and art of Dale Chihuly and included: Sugar Art, Reflections on Chihuly’s Macchia, Making Glass: Digital Design Lab, Glass Fossils Frozen in Time, Ephemeral Art, Ancient Glass: Modern Art, and Moving Glass: Chihuly Studios.