MARCH FOR SCIENCE SOUTH BEND ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND HOSTS SIGN-MAKING PARTY
March for Science South Bend is marching along. Today, march organizers announced that they have partnered with March for Science Indianapolis and the Indiana Science Communication and Education Foundation (INSCEF). To celebrate, they have designed a “Stay Curious, South Bend!” t-shirt for children, and are hosting a family-friendly, eco-friendly sign-making party Tuesday, April 18th, from 4 to 6 PM at the Saint Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend.
The Indiana Science Communication and Education Foundation (INSCEF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting scientific literacy and STEM education throughout Indiana. Facilitated by the organizers of the March for Science Indianapolis, a fiscal sponsorship from INSCEF has allowed the South Bend march to take tax-deductible donations and sell t-shirts. Since the Go Fund Me page went live this past Friday, the March for Science South Bend has raised $812 of their $2,000 goal, and sold 40 t-shirts. This burst of support echoes the explosion of interest that occurred in March, when the march’s discussion group on Facebook gained over 450 new members over the course of three days.
One of the organizers in South Bend, Bridget McGann, could not be more pleased with the new partnership. “They have been very supportive from the beginning. We admire the steps that the Indianapolis organization has taken to invest in science education and advocacy in Indiana in the long term. There has long been an outreach niche in Indiana that was just waiting to be filled by a group like INSCEF.”
The feeling of state-wide unity is a mutual one. “We are really happy to partner with March for Science South Bend to help amplify their message and help promote science advocacy throughout this state,” said Rufus Cochran, one of the co-chairs of March for Science Indianapolis, and INSCEF board member. “We hope to make it not about one city, but rather to make it a state-wide movement that can be sustained beyond any one march.”
To celebrate the progression of march planning, the organizers are hosting a pre-march sign-making event on Tuesday afternoon. “Sign-making is a fantastic way to express our enthusiasm for science in a creative way, and also to highlight the vital role that the visual arts have to play in promoting science,” McGann notes. The event is open to all ages, and allergy-friendly snacks will be provided. Organizers are encouraging the ecologically-conscious to save boxes and paper towel rolls to “upcycle” for their signs, and will also be providing eco-friendly, non-toxic mineral paint as well as regular and permanent markers. Small children and babies are encouraged to wear smocks or well-loved play clothes.
The sign-making party is from 4-6 PM on Tuesday, April 18th, in the Saint Joseph County Public Library’s Humphreys Room. Both this event and the march on Saturday are free and open to the public.
T-shirts are available to help fund the march, featuring the official March for Science South Bend logo, which features the South Bend flag in the center of an atom. They have also designed a retro rocket shirt for kids that says “Stay Curious, South Bend!” The shirts are available for purchase through marchforsciencesb.com, which will soon also feature buttons and stickers. T-shirts need to be purchased by Tuesday at 11AM at the latest in order to be picked up at the march. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the march.
Some of the local participating organizations have expressed concerns about a possible chance of rain on Saturday, and how that will affect the march. The organizers confirmed that the march will go on as planned, and will make an announcement on Friday regarding a specific plan for working around the weather.
The March for Science South Bend is one of over 520 satellite marches occurring globally this Saturday. The South Bend march is set to occur from 2-6 PM. Marchers will meet in Howard Park march to the Jon Hunt Memorial Plaza downtown, where a rally with speakers and a public “teach-in” will occur.
For more information about March for Science South Bend, to donate, or to purchase t-shirts, community members can contact the march organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit marchforsciencesb.com