TALK: The Intersection

Thursday, March 8 at 7pm

Admission: free ($5 suggested donation)

Join MOCAD and Science Gallery Lab Detroit for March’s discussion which brings together Detroit-based artist and master craftsman Carl Nielbock, and Dr. Tonya Matthews, the Director and CEO of the Michigan Science Center.

Together they’ll be looking at how to build multifaceted educational platforms that combine STEM subjects, the arts, and skilled-trades. Both Mr. Nielbock and Dr. Matthews are passionate about interdisciplinary education and training models, and how they can lead to greater growth and opportunities for individuals and cities alike.

Master craftsman and artist Carl Nielbock is currently working on a project to create artistically designed, innovative wind turbine sculptures using upcycled materials that will power cell phone charging stations and irrigate an urban garden using stormwater in Detroit’s Eastern Market District. Working with a team to create groundbreaking new models of low altitude wind turbines that are more efficient at generating energy and acting as hydro-pumps. He is looking to engage Detroiters, students, urban gardeners and others in conversations around this technology and gather ideas to innovate it further.

A thought-leader in museum engagement and open-classroom, hands-on STEM education, Dr. Tonya M. Matthews serves as the Michigan Science Center’s chief executive officer and president. Her diverse background includes academic and professional work as a Ph.D. scientist, educator, community volunteer and award-winning writer/poet. Dr. Matthews is the Michigan Science Center’s first permanent chief executive and has led its climb to become the STEM Hub for greater Detroit and the state of Michigan. During her tenure, MiSci has become a central part of the critical work in science education and STEM career preparations.

Dr. Matthews is also a published, performing poet. As a writer, she is noted for her insightful social commentary and poetry-based community engagement. She has published four poetry collections, including “Still Swinging” (Three Sisters Press) now in its second edition, and produced the critically-acclaimed debut CD “The Legend of AFRODITE.”



Mar 08 2018


Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

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