Stories from the Path

Watch: A Celebration of Art, Music and Science in the Ozarks

The April 8 total solar eclipse will pass through Little Rock, Arkansas, and dozens of nearby rural communities in the Ozark region of northern Arkansas. The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, which has inspired innovation and a love of discovery since its 2014 opening in Little Rock, is committed to capitalizing on this opportunity. The Hub packed the fun of their main facility into a van and hit the road. With this Mobile Makerspace, the Hub is engaging nearby communities with the wonders and science of the eclipse.

In this video, see how the Hub team is centering the music and culture of the Ozarks in their efforts to inspire as many Arkansans as possible. By April 8, the Mobile Makerspace will have visited 25 rural towns.

Watch: The Total Solar Eclipse as a Catalyst for Art in Erie, Penn.

Benton C Bainbridge, a media art visionary, has long dreamt of convening people in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. This dream coincided with his desire to create a space for media art in Erie so that talented local artists wouldn’t have to leave town to pursue their dreams.

In late February, he opened an interdisciplinary art space called the FEED Media Art Center in the heart of downtown Erie. The opening show, “Eclipsing Stars,” is a collaboration between artist Alex “LoneSav” Staley and astrophysicist Moiya McTier and is supported by the Simons Foundation. The immersive artwork aims to foster excitement around the upcoming eclipse. In this video, learn how the FEED team and others are contributing to a larger revitalization effort in Erie.

Welcome to “In the Path of Totality”

What connects Bloomington, Indiana to Buffalo, New York? Or Austin, Texas to Akron, Ohio? At a surface level, it may not be much. But for a few minutes on a Monday in spring, they’ll be connected by a celestial event that, for many, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass through towns and cities that are home to more than 30 million Americans.

The Simons Foundation is committed to helping ensure that the millions of people in the path of totality have an unforgettable experience.