Museum at Prairiefire Announces Sprint Donation

logo_mofpf_darkMuseum at Prairiefire announced that Sprint has made a charitable contribution, resulting in the naming of a prominent gallery in the Museum.

“Sprint has made a remarkable impact over the years across the country to community organizations that focus on education, arts and culture, youth development and community development,” said Uli Sailer Das, executive director, Museum at Prairiefire. “We are deeply honored to have been chosen as a recipient of Sprint’s generosity and commitment to this visionary endeavor.”

The Museum at Prairiefire, scheduled to open May 12, 2014, represents a unique collaboration with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History in New York. Sprint’s commitment will be recognized in the Museum’s Great Hall permanent exhibition space. The newly named Sprint Gallery, in the heart of the Museum, is 115 feet long with an expansive wall that creates a highly flexible exhibition space. The open canvas allows for a unique diversity of two-dimensional displays that will be changed periodically. Programming can feature traveling exhibitions or compelling displays by members of Kansas City’s local science community.

“At Sprint, serving as an advocate and a champion for our local communities is the heart of our good works program,” said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. “We are excited to support the Museum at Prairiefire in our hometown and help provide a space where residents and visitors can come experience world-renowned exhibitions.”

First up in the Sprint Gallery will be “Picturing Science” by the American Museum of Natural History, a graphic panel exhibition featuring more than 20 sets of spectacular large-format images. Photographs showcase how various optical tools are used in scientific studies, and the results are a stunning fusion of science and art. Visitors will view pictures as vast as a remote galaxy from the Hubble Space Telescope to close-ups of a yellow jacket’s antenna through scanning electron microscopy. “Picturing Science” will be on display for six to 12 months. Once it concludes, the possibilities for the Sprint Gallery abound, Das said.

Kellie Houx

Kellie Houx is a writer and photographer. A graduate of Park University, she has 20 years of experience as a journalist. As a writer, wife and mom, she values education, arts, family and togetherness.

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