GA/GI Festival Geek + Art + Green InnovationIdea by Chirstine Bethea | added on Feb 04, 2011 01:50AM Collaboration
Event with unique people and projects in the tech, art and eco industries
Pittsbugh's History-Making Festival--GA/GI! April 1-2, 2011
Established one year ago, in 2010 as a key event of the United Nations World Environmen Day, The GA/GI Festival, was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania history. Now holding its second annual event, the organizers are again drawing on their successful model that engaged students and families as well as fostered collaboration between corporations and non profit sectors.
GA/GI (prounced GAH-gee) Invites the best of eco, technology and the arts to showcase their people and unique projects and programs. There is a diverse level of participation. GA/GI highlights Pittsburgh strengths as one of the leaders the global "green" movement. Featured have been the Power Flower, 13 feet of glamourized steel that creates its own energy source by solar power and wind. And there is the University of Pittsburgh's Moblie Sceience Lab, a tactor trailer with resources to do on site experiments geared to school children. The huge vehicle states: Science Rocks!" on its 80 foot outer shell. GA/GI has also hosted hulta hoopers, destressing family exercise and partnered with several galleries thourghout the Penn Ave Arts District to create exhibits basedon a green or technology theme for "Unblurred." One retooled exhibit at the forefrtont is "Antiquated Machines and Future Technology" hosted by the Irma Freeman Center where the art has included human brain scans as Pop Art and turn of the century typewriters on pedestals. For 2011, one of the city's most fascinating chemistry instructors, Professor Subah Das of Carnegie Mellon University will demonstate his practical approaches to science by having his students cook culinary classics using various applications of chemistry.