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Art and science come together at Harbourfront Centre
May 8, 2010

Experience science & technology from an artistic perspective

Harbourfront Centre and The Ontario Science Centre announce partnership
for Too Cool for School initiative continuing through the fall

TORONTO, ON (April 20, 2010) – Art and science come together at Harbourfront Centre this spring for a FREE festival-style celebration!

May 8, 2010 is set for a day-long science fair viewed through an artistic lens. Harbourfront Centre, along with the Ontario Science Centre, is proud to host events on May 8, 2010 from 12 - 4 p.m. that highlight the connections between art and science.

Art and science events at Harbourfront Centre include:

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL ART & SCIENCE FAIR: The Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair is an interdisciplinary event at which people from diverse fields share art and information and engage in friendly competition. The event is structured just like a school science fair – participants will display their projects on rows of tables and will be on hand to discuss their work with the public. The difference, however, is that this event is as much about art as it is about science.

The Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair was invented to showcase amazing acts of imagination and invention that might never otherwise see the light of day. It recognizes that there is a little bit of art and a little bit of science in everyone. Society encourages us to separate the two and often our true creative energies are buried due to the requirements of our chosen disciplines.

On May 8, 2010, the Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair will showcase 50 participants, chosen from an open call for submissions in early 2010. Harbourfront Centre and the Ontario Science Centre have announced a groundbreaking partnership that will extend the Too Cool For School programme into the autumn; both institutions will make selections from the fair for public exhibition.

Too Cool for School Art & Science fair is part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre's national commissioning programme. Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, John Kazanjian and Susan Soloway, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE: The Ontario Science Centre will launch the K'NEX Bridge Building Challenge. Participants try to build the lightest K'NEX bridge that holds the greatest weight while spanning an 18" gap. The bridges will then be load-tested to destruction by Science Centre hosts armed with the Bridge-Crusher! Participants receive an Ontario Science Centre certificate with their bridges’ load-to-weight ratio.

In addition, Science Centre hosts will amaze and impress visitors with a variety of interactive on-the-spot science activities.

SCIENCE RENDEZVOUS: Also on May 8, Science Rendezvous will present exhibits from XEROX, Subtle Technologies and Ontario College of Art and Design at Harbourfront Centre. Science Rendezvous is a unique initiative held at partnering university and college campuses and at select research hospitals, cultural and public sites across Ontario.

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN: Inspired by the magnificent worldviews revealed by the lens of science, students from the Ontario College of Art and Design create art that responds to the microscopic realm of particle physics, through to the macroscopic realm of relativity.

XEROX RESEARCH GROUP: A peek into the Xerox Labs and the science inside Xerox products. Learn about the innovative research being carried out at Xerox’s Canadian research centre.

SUBTLE TECHNOLOGIES: See a selection of the best from our past 12 years, and a taste of what's to come at this year's festival on the theme of sustainability.

For full event listing and more information about Harbourfront Centre, the public can call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000 or visit

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Twitter: @HarbourfrontTO.

The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, a global pioneer of the concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 44 million visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for over 2,000 science centres built since its inception around the world.
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about themselves and the world around them. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, visit or call our box office at 416-696-1000.
Twitter: @ontsciencectr.

The SR initiative is public platform to promote science awareness. SR informs. It works to engage and transform the general public from passive supporters of science and technology to active and passionate champions whom develop a basic understanding of the important role science plays in our rapidly changing world. Science Rendezvous is designed to bring science and its practitioners face-to-face with the public. Science Rendezvous strives to encourage a public understanding that science affects their daily lives and that it is a worthy educational and career path for our youth. Twitter: @sci_rendezvous.


Althea Linton

Christine Crosbie
Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre
416-696-3191 cell: 416-895-5482

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