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Art & Science Mingle in Asheville

Leonardo da Vinci may be best known for his artistic masterpieces, but he was also an accomplished engineer and scientist.  That mix of science and art helped inspire a local group of artists, scientists, teachers and citizens to launch the area’s first arts and science festival.  BPR’s Helen Chickering caught up with one of the organizers, biologist Jason York.

Asheville’s first Arts and Science Festival will be held on Saturday, March 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Salvage Station.  The event is free and welcomes all ages.

Jason York, Asheville Arts & Science Festival

“This event began as a small group of passionate scientists, teachers, and artists excited about their fields and anxious to instill a love for them in the hearts and minds of the community. Now almost nine months later, we are excited about the response we have received from    the art and science community and the    community at large.   This festival brings the community together in an environment environment  conducive to experiential learning while having fun, "    said Jason York, who spearheads the planning and development  for the festival.

“The real mission of the Asheville Arts and Science Festival is to provide an opportunity for citizens of all ages to interact with artists and sciences in our community. Our intention is for this festival to become an annual event that supplements and enriches our education, providing encouragement for members of the community to pursue creative solutions to the challenges of our modern world.”

Organizers say the event will provide a combination of fun activities demonstrating art and science in action to demystify the day-to-day practice of and synergy between these disciplines. It will feature virtual reality, the world of insects, visual arts, telescopes and astronomy fundamentals, environmental stewardship, puppets, arts and crafts activities, local musical favorites, Pierce Edens and the UNCA X-Tet modern jazz group, food and beverages from Salvage Station, and much more. Festival parking at the Salvage Station is free.

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.