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
South Bend is marching… for science. Local community members have come together to organize a March for Science in Downtown South Bend on Earth Day, April 22nd. The event is scheduled to begin at 2 pm in Howard Park, followed by a march to the Jon R. Hunt Memorial Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. A committee of scientists and concerned citizens organized the march, due to recent government policies preventing federal science agencies from sharing their findings as well as decreases in funding for scientific and educational programs.
The march organizers hope to raise awareness of the ways in which federal policy is relevant on the community level. “Government policies have real consequences on people’s lives, on the country’s future,” notes retired molecular geneticist Elliot Rosen, one of the organizers of the South Bend march. “Policymakers need to make their decisions using the best available empirical evidence, rather than ideology or biased information from vested interests.”
The March for Science South Bend is one of over 428 satellite marches occurring globally on Earth Day, alongside the march on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on same day. The mission of March for Science South Bend is to develop awareness of the need for scientific funding, of science education in our local schools, and to foster communication between the public, scientists, and local businesses.
The marchers will meet in Howard Park at 2PM. After a brief welcoming ceremony, the march will proceed up the sidewalks along the East Race, turning left at Lasalle Street headed west over the river. The event will culminate at Jon R. Hunt Memorial Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center, with speakers and other planned events, including a “teach-in,” where marchers will be invited to engage with local innovators and educators in science, technology, medicine, and engineering.
In the mind of another of the march organizers, Bridget McGann, the recent policy changes and budget proposals underscore the importance of healthy communication between scientists and the communities they serve. “The scientific community has not done a fantastic job engaging and involving the public in what they do, and showing them how science is relevant in their everyday lives – from the decisions we make about our health, to social issues. South Bend was built around a river, which represents a history of hydraulic engineering feats as well as current ecological issues. This is why it was important to us to march along the river, past the East and West Races, and then into the heart of the city.”
To highlight the many ways in which science serves the Michiana community, the March for Science South Bend is also partnering with Brigitte Dee Fries of D. Lilas Photography, to do a storytelling portrait series of community scientists and science enthusiasts in the Michiana community. The march organizers invite participants to tell their stories, or nominate someone they know to tell theirs, at marchforsciencesb.com.
The organizers further invite the participation of community members in a myriad of other ways, from hosting a teach-in table to providing volunteer support for marchers with disabilities. The organizers are also seeking an established local non-profit organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor.
For more information about March for Science South Bend, or to get involved, community members can contact the march organizers at email@example.com or visit marchforsciencesb.com.
The March for Science will take place from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on April 22nd, starting in Howard Park and ending at the Morris Center. We’ll see you there!
Sunday, March 19th, 2pm-4pm
Near Northwest Neighborhood
1005 Portage Avenue, South Bend, IN 46616 in the Mary Grace Room
They were kind enough to donate this space to us free of charge. The official meeting is scheduled from 2PM-4PM but individual committees are welcome to stay until 5 PM if they wish.
The March for Science is coming to South Bend!
If you would like to volunteer for the South Bend satellite march, please use this form to tell us who you are and what you want to help with. We are grateful for your time and respect the fact that most of us are volunteering in addition to full-time jobs, so we have provided a space where you can indicate the number of hours you are available per week.
The teams we really need to build right now are:
- Funding/Fiscal Partnership — People experienced in “cold calling” and negotiating with organizations or companies, running kickstarters/GoFundMes/Indiegogos, or venture philanthropy. This team also needs to hear from people who have connections to local and state institutions/foundations/individuals who may be interested in supporting us financially.
- PR — We need people who are experienced with public relations or the media. They will guide the Social Media team as well as guide our traditional media strategy.
- Missions — 5-7 people who will help shape “who we are.” This team should represent a diversity of backgrounds.
- Diversity and Accessibility — Access to science begins with full representation and inclusivity, and at all levels. This committee will work with the other committees to hold us accountable and make sure that NO ONE is excluded from this event.
- Operations — We need someone experienced in MailChimp (or something similar) who can help us set up an email mailing list, as well as help with data entry, internal communications, coordinating volunteers, and cheerleading!!
Areas that aren’t yet urgent, but still need volunteers:
- Social media — This team needs people with experienced with marketing and public relations, as well as young adults to help with Snapchat and Instagram.
- Web Development — At the very least, we need a WordPress page, but if you’ve got mad skills and would like to donate them, that’s awesome!
- Graphics/Branding — We can develop our own “version” of the “atom” logo that can be used on t-shirts. Graphics will also help develop signage, flyers, etc. and work with the Social Media team on developing science “memes” etc. to post on Instagram.
Thanks everyone for volunteering your time… for science!