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IAP 2018 Activities by Category - Boston and Cambridge

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Art Collection Workshop

Emily Garner, Public Program Manager

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 12:00PM-06:00PM E15-054, Start at MIT, and bus for off-site locations

Enrollment: Advance Sign-up
Sign-up by 01/29
Limited to 20 participants
Prereq: none

Ever wonder how to curate your own personal art collection? Interested in the process of purchasing and maintaining works of art? Join the MIT List Visual Art Center for a comprehensive workshop on collecting art today. We will begin on campus with a lunch conversation lead by special guest-speakers on the art market and collecting. This will be followed by visits to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to take a look at a historical, personal collection; a local commercial gallery to talk about the logistics and practices of buying and collecting; and the home of a local collector. Lunch and transportation will be provided by the List Center. 

Contact: Emily Garner, E15-109, 617 324-4565, EAGARNER@MIT.EDU

Bell Ringing

Austin Paul

Add to Calendar Jan/27 Sat 02:00PM-05:00PM Church of the Advent, Transportation details to follow (by email)
Add to Calendar Jan/28 Sun 02:00PM-05:00PM Church of the Advent, Transportation details to follow (by email)

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
Prereq: please rsvp by email in advance

Saturday & Sunday January 27-28, 2-5pm, Come to either day or both. Sign-up by email in advance.

Location: Church of the Advent, Boston. Transportation arrangement details to follow (by email)


Come and learn how to ring church bells in the style of English Change Ringing! Pull a rope that swings a bell that weighs half a ton! But don't worry: it doesn't require much strength at all.

Change ringing is a wonderful hobby that involves careful control of the heavy bells to manipulate them into producing the beautiful music of mathematical patterns.

Email to sign up or find out more.

Sponsor(s): Guild of Bellringers
Contact: Austin,

NEAQ 2069: Envisioning the Future Aquarium Experience

Federico Casalegno, Director: MIT Design Lab, Yihyun Lim, Associate Director: MIT Design Lab, Scott Penman, Designer: MIT Design Lab

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Mon 10:00AM-02:00PM E15-335
Add to Calendar Jan/22 Mon 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-335
Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-335
Add to Calendar Jan/24 Wed 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-335
Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-335
Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 02:00PM-06:00PM E14-240

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Join us for an intense workshop January 22nd-26th to re-envision the future of the New England Aquarium.

The New England Aquarium opened in 1969. With the 50th anniversary of its opening on the horizon, the NEAQ intends to recapture its pioneering position by reinventing itself as a cutting-edge technological and educational facility, alongside its efforts to acquire a civic role to support communities, promote environmental sustainability, and help preserve our planet. The NEAQ is partnering with the Media Lab and the Design Lab to create an innovative vision of the future for New England Aquarium

Students will work in groups at MIT to create a vision for the NEAQ and to explore new technologies that can support this vision. The workshop will be accompanied by presentations from both aquarium researchers and MIT faculty. A summary of the student work will be presented at the 50th anniversary of the Aquarium in 2019.

For more information, please visit the workshop website.

Sponsor(s): Media Lab, MIT Design Lab
Contact: Scott Penman, SDPENMAN@MIT.EDU