February 9 | 10 am

Aviation Merit Badge Day

Save the date!

We're still in the planning stages, but as our education committee looks to expand programming, we'll be kicking it off with a one day event where the Scouts can earn their Aviation Merit Badge

February 2 | 10 am

2nd Annual Technology and Arts Expo

Coming back for another year is the Pax Museum Technology and Arts Expo!

Save the date:

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) will be hosting the 2nd annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Day at the museum on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.

If your organization or company would like to be considered for this event, please send an email to dan.bramos@paxmuseum.org describing the school age, hands on demonstration or art project you would like to present.

Past participants have included the following:

• ABSI - Advanced Support Services
• PaxSpace
• NASA Goddard
• Northrop Grumman Corporation
• the Build a Hero Mobile STEAM Bus
• Usborne Books,
• Mathnasium of Dunkirk
• the NAWCAD Mobile Fan Lab
• Narhams Model Rocket Club
• artist Hank Caruso
• aerial photographer Liz Wolter
• St. Mary's County Arts Council
• Calvert Marine Museum
• The NAWCAD Educational Outreach Office
• and more…

January 12 | 5:30 pm

The Spirit of Innovation & Freedom

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum will partner with Grammy Award winning jazz musicians from the The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy to present a unique event that connects the art of improvisational jazz and the innovation aviation research and engineering.

This unique event is called “The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom”

The program will help attendees make connections between the jazz and the museum’s story about innovation in technology. To do this, the museum is partnering with the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy (SJD), an ensemble that highlights the congruency of jazz and democracy.

Musicians of the SJD will engage in discussion with Pierre Sprey, a record producer and former defense analyst who helped conceptualize designs for the F-16 and the A-10, and Matt Scassero, Director of University of Maryland’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Site about the role of improvisation in the evolution of both music and aerospace technology and how to create environments that nurture unconventional thinking.

Following the discussion, master musicians Paul Murphy (drums) and Larry Willis (piano) will perform a fully improvised concert with guest performances by poet Jere Carroll and drummer Dominic Fragman. Murphy and Willis’ performances of total improvisation have been recognized as “a new direction in the jazz and art arena” by Oxford’s Grove Dictionary of American Music. The experience will be spectacular.

The evening starts at 5:30 with refreshments from Enso Kitchen and a preview of a new temporary exhibit. Attendees can tour a Tiny House, an example of sustainable living and an art work from Carrie Patterson, Professor of Art, and Barry Muchnik, Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Patterson and Muchnik will be available to interact with guests and discuss their project. The Tiny House will remain on exhibit through PRNAM’s Technology and Arts Festival on January 26.

Tickets are available here.

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