Founding Sponsors

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences has a 160-year history of exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on our planet. In September 2008, the Academy reinvented itself in a new, LEED Platinum building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: the largest green building in the world open to the public and the only one to house a research institute, aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium. We have welcomed more than 8.5 million visitors since our re-opening, offering a venue for diverse audiences of all ages to explore and connect with the natural world and the scientists who study it. The Academy’s all-digital Morrison Planetarium seats 290 people under its 75-foot-diameter dome, and although the main focus of programming is science content, the institution has a long history of supporting arts-driven media both in and out of the dome.

From 1957–59, the original Morrison Planetarium hosted the historic multimedia Vortex Concerts, organized by visual artist Jordan Belson and composer Henry Jacobs; beginning as a series of electronic music concerts accompanied by visuals, Vortex included more than 100 shows performed during its short run. Since the planetarium’s reopening, we have expanded on this theme with showings of DomeFest shorts, visual music, and live performances—among other artists, we have hosted J-Walt Adamczyk, Zoë Keating, and Kenji Williams—and the Academy collaborated on the production of The Kepler Story, a one-person play about the life of Johannes Kepler that makes use of the dome to set the play’s physical environments as well as to illustrate the main character’s inner thoughts and spiritual musings. The Academy’s popular NightLife program attracts between 2,000 and 4,000 visitors every week, with a focus on not only science but art and musical performance, offering a venue for both local creators and visiting artists. And the Academy also sponsors the First Year Students Award at the annual Jena FullDome Festival.

California Academy of Sciences


SCISS 802276083af3ed73af8e0e015bac6f13
barco dee9c5cc596c04443cfa721e77ff060c
biganddigital 66c081ebc5ed32dc3ed12b88853fff73
clarkplanetarium e9e82e3aa7f434d06b2c3dc6198e33e9
digitalprojection 83211a511ad9bf36c4d4e6a900f8f478
eplanitarium discoverydome 3472911073341e49108d734d2a487536
evansandsutherland 83b3eae6f9cd03de864ba1ff361d02c3
fulldomepro 1bbadb5afff3a400b9038aa1689adcdd
goto f05d33cbfdc904bfb1f8b9a0820c2047
lochness 222801a2b255436a4b21e8fc75538f87
navitar 9e9b81f21b7dd00d27afdb6654a51e31
nsccreative 7c040c1dfde72c7e8e4b5040300986b5
rsacosmos a0ab4dab51f800575bf666f3eb4d2cfc
spritzunlimited 87f3088f0285f2de854e73369034c42c
vantrix 18401b4b9b3632882f51fe56228f36b6
zeissseiler a559866278bd4e112301ca2305b0edc7

© Copyright 2017 - IMERSA Inc. - A Non-Profit Corporation

Please let us know your name.

Please let us know your email address.