The daVinci Pursuit

Connecting Art, Science, and Community

 

In 2009, daVinci Pursuit founder, Mark Kesling, coined the phrase “A Museum Without Walls” to describe his vision for providing the community firsthand experiences with science and art. The vision he created sought to lower typical barriers to learning, by taking science and art to where people live and work, using informal educational techniques to excite and stimulate curiosity, providing experiences to those underserved by current institutions.

 

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Our Work

The daVinci Pursuit provides a community platform, grounded in solid science and creative thought. In the years, since our founding, the DaVinci Pursuit’s vision required us to look beyond the barriers and challenges our communities faced by utilizing the best practices from informal education, including its installations and programs, in order to provide a greater understanding of science and art.

Indianapolis, IN

The daVinci Pursuit explores how artistic installations and programs can promote community engagement in science thinking, irrespective of wealth or privilege. We believe that neighborhoods themselves are learning environments that provide unique opportunities where individuals of varying cultures and backgrounds can explore art and science in a non-threatening environment, free from the expense, staffing and access issues. It is through this open exploration that people access their inner creativity, building the self-efficacy and self-confidence necessary to transform their lives.

Dennis, MA

Over the years since our founding, we have looked at whether our approach to a “Museum Without Walls” was being utilized anywhere in the United States. Thus far we have not been able to identify a similar model. The daVinci Pursuit uniquely positions the learner at the center of what we do including our lack of a building and significant overhead. In the spring of 2022, the daVinci Pursuit expanded its presence into the New England region and has been building upon our successes in Central Indiana.

Collaboration of Over 500 Artists and Scientists

We work with local artists and scientists to create true collaborations where science and art are viewed through a new lens that uses the arts as a gateway to science learning. 

We …

Communicate 

Create Experiences 

Discover and Support 

Eliminate Barriers 

Encourage Learning 

Engage Community 

Evaluate and learn 

Inspire Individuals 

Utilize Artists, Scientists, and Educators

Featured Programs

Programs serve as an incubator for creative and entrepreneurial engagement that allow individuals to participate in the creative economy and narratives of success. Each week the daVinci Pursuit engages in meaningful conversations at the intersection of art and science. Check out our featured programs below:

Classes & Workshops

Public Radio: Intersections

Art Science Walks

daVinci Art Science Roundtable

Visual Thinking – Part 2

Visual Thinking – Part 2

Friday, March 10, 2023 1 to 2pm estdaVinci Art Science Roundtable - Visual Thinking - Part 2 daVinci Art Science Roundtable - On-Line Version Members of the daVinci Art Science Roundtable will be having a conversation about the book "Visual Thinking" by Temple...

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Our Work

In 2009, daVinci Pursuit founder, Mark Kesling, coined the phrase “A Museum Without Walls” to describe his vision for providing the community firsthand experiences with science and art. The vision he created sought to lower typical barriers to learning, by taking science and art to where people live and work, using informal educational techniques to excite and stimulate curiosity, providing experiences to those underserved by current institutions. The daVinci Pursuit provides a community platform, grounded in solid science and creative thought. In the years, since our founding, the DaVinci Pursuit’s vision required us to look beyond the barriers and challenges our communities faced by utilizing the best practices from informal education, including its installations and programs, in order to provide a greater understanding of science and art.

Conversations

Conversations serve as an incubator for creative and entrepreneurial engagement that allow individuals to participate in the creative economy and narratives of success. Individuals from differing socio-economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds find themselves excluded from the benefits of the creative economy and become the consumers of the creative work produced by others with greater advantage and access. Our approach widens and deepens the involvement of underserved adult populations, by providing the skills needed to help the community and individuals reframe the creative process thereby enabling pathways between community activity and the cultural and creative economy.

Interpretation

Interpretive experiences across different contexts and settings transform the perceptions of the learner, facilitate conceptual understanding, yield emotional engagement, and nurture the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes. In educational settings learning experiences are ideally challenging, interesting, rich, engaging, meaningful, and appropriate to learner needs.

Installations

Interactive installations are a way of activating a physical space through technology, movement, light, and sound that responds to the passerby. When designed correctly, these installations move people from passive audiences to engaged active participants. Installations inspire people to be more curious about the natural and built world around them, and to construct the foundations for more self-discovery and future learning.

Provocations

“Different stories; different arts and sciences; one history connecting us all.” We utilize storytelling as a catalyst for learning about art and science. Our use of the theatrical arts broadens audience outreach as well as develop new audiences. We create long-form performances (30 to 60 minutes in length), short-form performances (7-10 minutes), and Free-form Performances (Improvised) depending on the venue and needs of the audience. 

Collaborations

The daVinci Pursuit cooperates with other community non-profits dedicated to creating a stronger sense of place in our neighborhoods and communities. The issues specifically confronting lower-income communities are complex and require creative and innovative solutions. The daVinci Pursuit catalyzes individuals in each neighborhood to create innovative visions that mobilize other neighbors, while attracting larger community-wide investment, and providing a framework for creative solutions. By forging creative partnerships between artists, scientists, and communities the daVinci Pursuit uses the arts and sciences as a means of developing self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Consulting

Our years of leadership in the fields of museum and informal education, allows us to provide innovative ideas, practical solutions, and dynamic installations and programs. The daVinci Pursuit provides consulting services in education and exhibit design, project management, fund development, evaluation, board development, and strategic planning.

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59 Mian St Unit 6-2

Dennis, MA 02638
United States

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