The Long Night of Arts & Innovation was inspired by the Long Night of Science in our German sister city, Erlangen. The 2012 event featured 451 presentations ranging from an Instrument Petting Zoo to a lecture/demonstration by noted University of California, Riverside (UCR) professor and “Avatar” movie consultant Jodie Holt.
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better, showcasing the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and creative arts projects from UC Riverside, La Sierra University, Cal Baptist University, Riverside Community College, Riverside (RUSD) and Alvord (AUSD) school districts, and many private schools. The 2013 event will also feature the most innovative technologies deployed by companies like Bourns Inc., Siemens, SolarMax Technologies, and the fire and police departments of the City of Riverside.
The Long Night of Arts & Innovation will take place in 20+ locations in Downtown Riverside, including the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Auditorium and Events Center, UCR Culver Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, downtown Library, Riverside Arts Museum, Main Street Riverside and City Hall. Culinary demonstrations will take place in the area’s many fine dining establishments. Innovative chefs will demonstrate their culinary skills, and many downtown Riverside eateries will remain open from 4 p.m. to midnight. Also new this year will be a Curious Kids discovery zone for children ages eight to ten filled with fun, hands-on interactive games, as well as a Long Night passport that school children can get stamped at the various presentations to record their attendance. The passport can be used by the children to share their experiences of the Long Night with their peers and teachers.
To encourage school children to attend and inspire them about the possibilities of the arts and STEM fields, organizers have announced two kid’s contests (click here to learn more about the contests):
- A coloring contest for grade school children, with five randomly selected winners receiving I-Pod Shuffle devices
- A math contest with two levels of difficulty; the randomly chosen winner of the less challenging category will receive an I-Touch. The winner of the more challenging math contest will receive an I-Pad Mini. The teacher of the winners of the math contest will each receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
- A student art competition.
For more information about The Long Night of Arts & Innovation, including updates on the 2013 Schedule of Events, visit the official website at LongNightRiverside.com.