Ambassadors got to check out the new Smithsonian exhibit “Observing with NASA” currently being hosted at the Grinnell Area Arts Council today. Grinnell College Director of Outreach Programming and Events and coordinator of Smithsonian exhibits, Sarah Smith, talked about the process of the college becoming an affiliate partner in 2019 (one of the few rural partners in the nation), getting exhibits pre pandemic and how that process works now.
AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member Morgan Niner explained the current exhibit – Observing with NASA. Visitors can use the kiosk to learn more about how NASA colorized photos from space, try their hand at coloring an image and even request one of three telescopes to take a photo of a specific area for you. Images can be emailed to visitors which can then be forwarded to the Office of Community Partnerships and they’ll print it for you at Total Choice, free of charge, to be picked up in May!
The exhibit will be up at the Arts Center through the end of May and is open to the public Tuesday-Friday 11 AM – 5 PM and Saturdays 10 AM – Noon. The next Smithsonian exhibit scheduled will be a brand new exhibit opening early fall and will focus on the history of the Taíno people who are a historic indigenous people of the Caribbean and the first to meet with Christopher Columbus.
Pictured L-R: Monica St. Angelo – Grinnell Area Arts Council, Trent Arment – MCG – Mahaska Communication Group, Lisa Cirks – Cirks Financial Services, Marissa Pronschinske – Grinnell Chamber, Charlie Isaacs – Theisen’s , Hannah Warnell, Iowa Realty, Jeff Finch – Wes Finch Auto Plaza, Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Hannah Wilson, Dorothy Spriggs – Carriage House Bed & Breakfast, Rachael Kinnick – Grinnell Chamber, Fran Conn, Morgan Niner – Grinnell College, Sarah Smith – Grinnell College, Erin Bustin – Grinnell School of Music, Donnette Ellis – Grinnell College Community Connections, Chris Meyers – Servpro of Ottumwa and Grinnell, Jack Mathews – Our Grinnell, Jennifer McAlexander – JM Consulting / Hawkeye Lock & Security, Mike Olson – Lincoln Savings Bank