Broadening participation in science through arts-facilitated experiences at a cultural festival

May 8th, 2023 | RESEARCH

A key broadening participation challenge for science communication is to reach non-traditional audiences beyond those already interested in science. In this study we test a “Guerilla Science” approach that blends elements of access, by removing barriers to participation, with those of inclusion, by designing participant-centered activities, for reaching an art-interested adult audience at the FIGMENT art festival in New York City. Our results show that participants at Guerilla Science were similar to festival goers overall in their connection to and interest in science, indicating the effectiveness of the approach for engaging non-traditional audiences and those who might not self-select into science activities.



Team Members

Mark Rosin, Author, Pratt Institute
Martin Storksdieck, Author, Oregon State University
Kari O'Connell, Author, Oregon State University
Brianna Keys, Author, Oregon State University
Kelly Hoke, Author, Oregon State University
Bruce Lewenstein, Author, Cornell University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1612719

Funding Source: Private Foundation
Funding Program: Simons Foundation
Award Number: 415600

Related URLs

Research and Development on Understanding STEM Identity Using Live Cultural Experiences


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Art | music | theater | General STEM
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research
Environment Type: Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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