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Longwood Gardens Debuts SmART Nights

April 24, 2012
Longwood Gardens invites you to turn on the left and right sides of your brain at SmART Nights this summer.

Longwood Gardens invites you to turn on the left and right sides of your brain at SmART Nights this summer. These new, interactive programs feature some of the region’s brightest minds sharing interesting facts and findings (without too much scientific lingo) about the science of light.  The evening concludes with a participatory StorySlam facilitated by the creative minds of First Person Arts, where you are invited to share your own creative, bright ideas.

SmART Nights begin at 7 pm and are free with Gardens Admission.

SmART Nights are part of Longwood Gardens’ summer -long celebration of light. Longwood is presenting the garden-wide exhibition, LIGHT: Installations by Bruce Munro, June 9-September 29. This is Munro’s first garden installation in the US and will showcase seven large-scale outdoor installations, two installations within Longwood’s grand 4-acre Conservatory, and a small collection of illuminated sculptures in Longwood’s historic Music Room. Other Light programming includes family Light Nights on select Friday evenings, Longwood’s famed illuminated fountain shows Wednesday through Saturday evenings, and the popular Fireworks & Fountains shows set to music six evenings during the summer. For a complete list of all upcoming events, visit

SmART Nights Lineup

Each SmART Night focuses on a different light-related topic and begins with a presentation from a regional expert. After the presentation, the audience is invited to switch on their right brain and take the stage for a light-themed StorySlam led by First Person Arts of Philadelphia.

Thursday, June 21
Associate Professor of Physics at Temple University, Tan Yuen, Ph.D., explores natural and artificial light sources.
StorySlam Topic: Picture Perfect

Thursday, July 19
Director of Light Research Program and Professor of Neurology at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, George C. Brainerd, Ph.D., sparks a discussion about light and human health.
StorySlam Topic: 24/7

Thursday, August 16
Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Co-founding Director of Pennergy,  Andrew Rappe, Ph.D. leads a discussion about bio-inspired energy.
StorySlam Topic:  After Hours

Thursday, September 20
Kristina Lynch, Ph.D.,  Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth University, Kristina Lynch, explores the Northern Lights.
StorySlam Topic: Everyday Magic

Ticketing and Hours

Timed Tickets are required for Gardens Admission and can be purchased online at Admission prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $8 for ages 5-18 (or with valid student ID). Ages 4 and under are free.

Gardens hours are:
June 9–September 1: 9 am–6 pm Sunday-Tuesday; 9 am–11 pm Wednesday–Saturday
September 2 –September 29:  9 am–5 pm, Sunday–Tuesday ; 9 am–9 pm, Wednesday–Saturday

Bruce Munro

British light artist Bruce Munro has been commissioned to make large decorative pieces for corporate, but his heart lies in the large-scale art installations, for which he is gaining an impressive international reputation. Munro’s work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as in the windows of the fashionable Harvey Nicholls department store in Knightsbridge. In early 2011 his Light Shower and Water Towers installations at the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral drew international praise, and he was subsequently invited to exhibit at the Biennale Kijkduin in The Hague, opened by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  For more information on Bruce Munro and his work, see

First Person Arts

Celebrating its 10th anniversary of programming in 2011, First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. First Person Arts presents and supports the development of memoir and documentary work by individuals at all levels of experience, from accomplished artists to everyday people. It provides a stage on which these stories can be heard through a variety of programs throughout the year, including twice‐monthly StorySlams, writing and storytelling courses, and its annual First Person Arts Festival. Visit  to learn more.