Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.

Our shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and to fight back against efforts that sideline science from its crucial role in our democracy.

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Art for Science Community Feedback Session

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a national science advocacy organization, recently awarded grants of up to $10,000 to six organizations and artists nationally to create public artworks that highlight the importance of science and promote the #ScienceRising movement.

Resident Arts is one of the recipients of this grant and will complete the production of a large-scale mural on the retainer wall on Old 63, south of Broadway, in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and Recreation, and other local partners in Columbia, MO. The collaborative community mural process will begin in July and culminate in a Public Unveiling Event on September 30th, 2018 at 5:30pm at the mural site. Through this process a team of 5 artists will work to create a design, receive community feedback, and produce the mural which will align with the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), and showcase the science-based actions that individuals can take to participate in the initiatives discovered through the planning process which is taking place simultaneously. The public unveiling will precede the second Community Workshop for the CAAP which is scheduled for early November, 2018.

Funding from the UCS will cover the costs of hiring a mural team, materials and supplies for production of the mural, and promoting the community events associated with its design and unveiling.

Resident Arts is currently hiring the mural team which will consist of five artists: a Lead Mural ArtistAssistant Mural Artist, and three Mural Artist Trainees (16-20 years old). Interested individuals should click on the job title and review the description, following the application instructions within.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 5:30pm – Community Feedback Session
The community is invited to view the draft proposed design and provide feedback to the mural team prior to finalizing the design that will ultimately be transferred to the wall.

Monday, August 20 7:00pm – City Council Meeting
The public will be able to share their comments in support of the mural with the city council at this meeting. The meeting is at the Council Chamber, Columbia City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO.

Wednesday, August 22 5:30-6:30pm — Interested Parties Hearing
The City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs is holding an interested parties meeting at the Walton Building Community Room, 300 S. Providence Road, to discuss the Old 63 S mural project. The purpose of the meeting is to present the mural design concept for the retaining wall and receive public input about the project. Information and design layout will be available for public review. City staff and representatives from Resident Arts will be present to answer questions, and a public comment form will also be available.

tbd – Community Painting Day
The public is invited to join us in painting the mural – any age and skill level is welcome to participate. This is a drop-in event. Our mural team will assist painters in following the color map for the approved design. Painters should wear appropriate attire that can get paint on it – the paint we use will not wash out of clothes. All paint is non-toxic

tbd – Public Unveiling Event
The public is invited to view the finished mural and hear a word from the project partners and mural team about the theme and process of creating the mural.


August 8
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Resident Arts


Old Hwy 63
about a 1/4 mile south of Broadway
Columbia, MO United States
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