Music and Astronomy

Program Element / Activity Title:
Music and Astronomy
E/PO Project Name:
Music and Astronomy
Short Description:

Since 2009 the Music and Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS) program has brought astronomy to 50,000 music lovers (800 - 5000 participants per event) throughout Long Island at classical, folk, pop/rock, opera, Caribbean, or county-western concerts in parks assisted by local astronomy clubs (55 events; 28 parks, 83% free, most festivals had low-cost admission and free admission for children). The Long Island based astronomy club, the Amateur Observers' Society of New York , is a partner with MAUS and has assisted with 48 of the MAUS events. MAUS also had events at the Central Park Jazz, Newport Folk, Ravinia music, the Tanglewood Music festivals and the Bethel Woods Center for 
the Arts (location of the 1969 Woodstock Festival).

Awards Received:
MAUS was Anonymously Nominated by a major US astronomical organization for The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach. Only thirty submissions were accepted from 21 countries and nine transnational organizations. MAUS was the considered one of the best regional IYA-2009 program in the US.
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