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Guest Author | 07/20/2020 | Art Shows, Arts and Culture, Concerts & Music, Fairs, Festivals & Celebrations, Performance Art

da Vinci Days Festival Goes Virtual for 2020

The annual da Vinci Days festival will take place online for 2020 and feature a variety of creative arts, science and technology activities in the mid-Willamette Valley. The da Vinci Days organization will announce a schedule later this spring.

The board of directors voted on April 20 to follow coronavirus pandemic guidelines and not hold its annual face-to-face event at the Benton County Fairgrounds in July. Instead, da Vinci Days will work with individuals and community groups to offer a series of virtual events over the next eight months.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be creative and to collaborate with our partners to bring the spirit of da Vinci Days to the community,” said Carole Hobrock, executive director of da Vinci Days.

Programs will be shared through online platforms such as Zoom and FaceBook Live. Proposed events will feature Grand Kinetic Sculpture activities, local artists, musicians, makers, scientists and engineers.

The annual da Vinci Days festival has been a regular feature of summer in Corvallis since 1988. Starting in 2016, the event has been held at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Major sponsors include the City of Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon State University, HP, and Korvis.

For more information, contact Carole Hobrock, Executive Director of da Vinci Days, at 541-231-8960 or by email.

2020 STEAM Lecture Series: Tuesdays with Leo

Join da Vinci Days for Tuesdays with Leo, the 2020 STEAM Lecture Series, every Tuesday evening, July 21 through August 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., livestreamed on Facebook.

Under the theme of “Ignite!,” the many faces of fire will take center stage at the virtual da Vinci Days STEAM series this summer. Presentations are free and open to the public.

  • July 21: Engineering - "The Power of Combustion: From wildfire to propulsion," David Blunck, professor in the College of Engineering, Oregon State University. (Facebook event)
  • July 28: Arts - "Visual Dreams: Virtual Reality and the Art of Story," Jonmar, (Facebook event)
  • August 4: Math - "What Do You Mean That's Not 'In-Tune'? Mathematics and Music," Raymund Ocampo, director of choral studies at Linn-Benton Community College. (Facebook event)
  • August 11: Science - "Oregon Wildfire from the Klamath to the Blues: A story of landscapes, change, and balance," Claire Tortorelli, Ph.D. candidates in the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. (Facebook event)
  • August 18: Technology - "Renewable Energy and the Future of the Electrical Grid," Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, professor in the College of Engineering, Oregon State University. (Facebook event)

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