Interactive sculpture wins Rose/Ross community projects grant


An interactive sculpture project was given the go-ahead during this year’s round of funding from the Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will partner to create an original outdoor interactive sculpture to be placed at the entrance to the Discovery Center. The sculpture will be an introduction to the hands-on experiences offered in the center.

The coordinating committee, comprised of Binghamton University and community representatives, selected the project as the only one to be funded this year, for the maximum award of $25,000. Watson engineering students will provide technical expertise to the project while a BU art student will work with the sculptor, Yvonne Robare Hobbs.

The fund, established in 1998 through a $2.1 million endowment by University faculty Rose and Ross, provides support for creative and innovative cooperative efforts between the University and local non-profit organizations

Applications for funding are reviewed annually and must include a University partner and a community partner. Grant requests between $10,000 and $25,000 are encouraged, though smaller requests are entertained.

For general information, see Specific questions should be directed to Lee Nesslage, grants administrator, at 777-4278 or via e-mail at

Last Updated: 9/17/13