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Art Inquisition: Did You March for Science?

This past Saturday, scientists and science-enthusiasts took to the streets of over 600 cities around the globe to proclaim their love for SCIENCE. Yes, in all-caps!

Here at the Lab, we do love us some science… capital letters or no. And we’ve got opinions on the March as varied as each of our individual backgrounds. The March for Science was necessary, problematic, too political, not political enough, all-encompassing, exclusionary, an important message, a pointless distraction, something else entirely. And so, we turn to you, dear readers, for your opinions on the weekend’s festivities!

What do you think? Did you join the March for Science or avoid it? What were the reasons for your decision? What worked, or what would have to change to garner your support? Is a March for Science necessary today, or are there other forms of more effective outreach we should focus on? Should events like the March for Science keep happening, or should it remain a one-time thing? What are you doing to promote the scientific method, critical thinking, and facts? What does science mean to you?

The Art Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab reader. It appears on random, occasional days at (about) 3pm ET… Because NOBODY EXPECTS THE ARTIST INQUISITION!

a crowd gathers in front of the Field Museum in Chicago for a science expo following the March for Science. The front of the Field Museum is to the left, and a large model dinosaur looms over the crowd to the right.
Part of the March for Science Chicago Expo in front of the Field Museum on April 22, 2017.

Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and sticky public transit and is only on her second smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around. If external links are your thing, here are links to Twitter and Instagram, and you can support her ongoing weirdness by buying her a coffee or six.

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  1. I was at Silicon Valley Comic Con and there was a march right outside, sadly I could not attend cuz I had to stay at my Surly-Ramics table but a lot of attendees to the con did go and they said it was great! My women’s group also had a sign making party for the march before I left for the con.. It was a lot of fun and the sign designs were great!

  2. I went to the Bethlehem, Pa rally. It was heartening how many people showed up, people from seemingly every demographic! I wish there were actionable next steps that were communicated. [I don’t know how many of these people are actually contacting politicians.] But at the very least, it made people see how many others are concerned and, let’s be honest, very scared.

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