(Lander, Wyo.) – A working group planning an arts and science center in Lander held a two hour-long barbecue and brain mapping session Sunday evening in search of a name for the project.
Dannine Donaho gave a brief recap of how the project has progressed to this point and she said it was now time to put a name on the project.
“We are looking for the word or word combinations that is connected to Lander, that has the potential to become synonymous with our programming and mission to create strong collaborative art and science community in Lander, has a great visual and that tells people that this place is friendly, but also bringing in cutting edge ideas,” she said.
Before a physical presence exists, the sponsors are beginning with programming that will integrate science into the arts. That programming will begin this summer with a Bio Blitz, details to come. “We want to start out getting our feet wet before we progress to a whole new program,” Donaho said. “Ultimately we are looking for a facility that would have offices, art studios, science exhibits and such. She also mentioned it would be good to have a place were a master calendar of events could be located to reduce programming conflicts.
Working group member Michelle Escudero said it would be a place for creative problem solving in a new model, combining science with art design.
“Artists and scientists come here now for that,” Donoho said, “because of the habitat, eco systems, natural wonders that are found here.”
Working group participants at the meeting said they were not interested in “reinventing the wheel” but they also noted that there is no one facility that contains what they envision. “There are bits and pieces of it around, we’re looking to put them all together,” Escudero said.
The rest of the evening was taken up by independent graphic designer William Roth who conducted a brain mapping exercise with the group. The exercise was an attempt to flush out what people were thinking about a name and themes for the arts and science project.
Ideas from that exercise will be emailed to the working group to think about before their next meeting.
“We are really looking for a special identity in this special town, we want to raise the bar in Lander, to be a hub for the arts and sciences,” Donaho said.