Solar Eclipse | Student Fest @ CAM

  • April 8, 2024 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

    7 Varsity Drive
    Niagara University, New York 14109
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Niagara University students, faculty, and staff, please join us for a celestial celebration out of this world as CAM teams up with the NU Astronomy Club, and the Office of Campus Activities to present the Solar Eclipse viewing party on the CAM’s museum portico. The eclipse will start at  2:00 pm, with totality beginning at 3:15 pm for about 4 minutes, and ending at 4:30 pm.

Event Highlights:

  • Refreshments: Including eclipse-themed treats and the House of Munch food truck, will be on campus. 50 food vouchers will be given to the first students who come to the registration desk starting at 12:30.
  • “Out of This World Costume Contest”: a fun “runway show” where students will dress to eclipse others. The best costume will win $100 in Gally Gold along with prizes for the second and third. Judges include Monte Eagle, Tom Burns, Laura Berich, and Michael Beam. Students who wish to participate in the costume contest must sign up here. (1:00)
  • Two guided astronomy talks: from the NU Astronomy and Physics Club and Dr. Robert Poltis about the science behind solar eclipses, the celestial mechanics at play, and the significance of this rare event. (2, 2:30)
  • Screenings of vintage sci-fi films:  Enjoy 2001: A Space Odyssey (12:30) and Barbarella (3:30).
  • Art and Science Fusion: Where students can immerse themselves in the intersection of art and science with hands-on activities. Make your own mini-vat of “celestial slime” or create a star map for your wall. Take a trip to Mars using virtual reality goggles or a selfie with our eclipse backdrop. (Ongoing during the program)  
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing: We’re all looking forward to witnessing the awe-inspiring spectacle of a solar eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun. Eclipse totality viewing will be from 3:15-3:20, with the partial eclipse visible roughly an hour before and after totality. Safely observe this natural wonder using provided eclipse glasses and telescopes,  allowing you to see this once-in-a-lifetime experience! A limited supply of glasses is available for those who register and will be distributed before the eclipse. 

Event Program 
12:00 p.m. | In-person registration opens
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. |  House of Munch Food Truck Free food vouchers for the first 50 students and faculty at 12:30 pm
1-1:45 p.m. | Out of this World Costume Contest
-$100 in Gally Gold given to a student who wins and other prizes for 2nd and 3rd places (Sign up separately at registration) 
2:00 -2:30 p.m. |  Science Behind Eclipse Talk by NU Astronomy Club
2:30 -3 p.m. |  History of Astronomy by Dr. Poltis
3-3:30 p.m. |  Eclipse viewing (3:15-3:20) 
3:30 -4 p.m. | Dance Party - Campus Radio Station
4 -5 p.m. | Ongoing  Art Stations, VR experience, Vintage Sci-Fi
5 p.m.  | Close 

Ongoing Programs 
12 -5 p.m. | Art Stations 
12 -5 p.m. | Celestial Virtual Reality Experience
12 -5 pm | Cosmic food station
12:30- 5 p.m. | Vintage Sci-Fi Movies

Date & Time

Mon, Apr 8, 2024 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

7 Varsity Drive
Niagara University, New York 14109 Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

The Castellani Art Museum (CAM) at the center of the Niagara University campus is dedicated to the enjoyment and educational potential of artistic creativity. As a major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, the CAM's permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art, and hosts a unique Folk Arts Program supporting traditional artists and community-based cultural traditions in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

In keeping with Niagara University's Vincentian mission, the museum recognizes and serves the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities of the Niagara region through the organization and presentation of exhibitions which honor and explore their artistic traditions and contemporary output. In addition to presenting diverse artistic expressions, the museum works in partnerships to explore and redefine the relationship between the museum and its constituencies.

As a university museum, the Castellani Art Museum serves the educational needs of the community,  by working with Niagara University faculty on integrative learning projects for college students and providing art education programs for area schools and cultural organizations. The museum staff works with educators to develop art-based learning programs that help to promote critical thinking.

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