The fourth annual iMAGINE Upstate festival, fueled by ScanSource, returns to downtown Greenville this weekend.
The festival will showcase more than 75 interactive exhibits and shows emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. It aims to get pre-K through 12th-grade students interested in STEAM subjects by providing up-close engagement with the latest technologies and giving them exposure to high-skill industries. “If we can reach them early, kids will grow up more interested in STEM and more likely to pursue careers in these fields where the demand continues to grow,” said Jarrod Wiggins, festival board chair.
iMAGINE Upstate partners with corporations, schools, and nonprofits to make science and technology come to life through hands-on exhibits and interactive stage shows. This year’s festival will include popular activities such as high-speed drone racing, robotics competitions, and extreme science shows at Fluor Field, as well as Science of Sound musical performances by Upstate students. The festival will also include several new exhibits this year from partners including JTEKT/Koyo, Hubbell Lighting, ABB/Baldor, and Greenville Health System. –Robert Hull
When April 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where along Main Street starting at the intersection of Augusta Street to inside the stadium at Fluor Field
“Showstoppers: An Evening of Broadway Hits”
Centre Stage will present “Showstoppers,” a show for lovers of Broadway. This two-night event features performances from some of Broadways most popular musicals such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “South Pacific,” and “Wicked.” Guests will not just enjoy good theater but also wine and appetizers from area restaurants, including Table 301, Pomegranate on Main, The Bohemian Cafe, The Encore, UP on the Roof, and Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery.
Centre Stage will partner with nonprofits to provide tickets to those who cannot afford a night at the theater. All proceeds from ticket sales support Centre Stage’s outreach programs benefiting nonprofit partners like Safe Harbor, Family Effect, Miracle Hill Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity. “This is a new endeavor we’ve taken on this season,” says Taylor Marlatt, marketing and development director for Centre Stage. “And we are finding it to be successful and beneficial for our audiences as well as the theater and our outreach programs.” –Robert Hull
When April 10-11, 7 pm
Where Centre Stage, 501 River St.
April 7-May 23
“The Power of Children – Making a Difference”
The Upcountry History Museum will host “The Power of Children – Making a Difference,” a traveling exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The exhibition shows the power that words, action, and voice can have even when we are faced with hatred, racism, and discrimination. “The Power of Children” highlights the stories of three young people: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.
Each is remembered for his or her courage and resilience. Frank chronicled her years in hiding during the Holocaust. Bridges endured racism and bullying while trying to get to school. White faced taunts and other forms of cruelty while fighting AIDS.
Through the three stories, “The Power of Children” weaves together a narrative of empathy and kindness to others. Visitors will become familiar with each story through audio-visual presentations, original artifacts, and hands-on interactives. Immersive environments will invite visitors into spaces where each child felt safe: the secret annex where Anne Frank and her family hid; the first-grade classroom where Ruby Bridges spent an entire year alone learning with her teacher, Mrs. Henry; and Ryan White’s bedroom, filled with his prized possessions.
By giving a personal face to three major issues of the 20th century — the Holocaust, the civil rights movement, and the AIDS epidemic — the exhibit gives visitors a window into the problems of isolation, fear, and prejudice. –Robert Hull
When April 7-May 23, times vary
Where Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St.
Admission Adults, $8; seniors, $7; children, $6; 3 and under, free