National Museum of Mathematics To Host Mathematicomics, Revealing The Fun and Unexpected World Of Math In Art, Sunday April 6, 2014

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Comics Artist Marek Bennett to Teach Children and Families Mathematical Patterns and Tricks to Create Original Mini-Comics

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At this event, artists of all ages will find that sweet spot between fun, surprise and intellectual challenge.

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) will host Mathematicomics, an afternoon with comic artist Marek Bennett, who will teach children and families mathematical patterns and tricks to create original mini-comics. Presented with support from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Simons Foundation, Mathematicomics is open to young artists and math enthusiasts ages eight to 14.

Taking inspiration from mathematical principles, paradoxes and anecdotes, participants will experiment with the basics of cartooning and comics creation. They will look at basic geometrical, logical and numerical concepts that generate complex, beautiful images, and discover what happens when those images are brought to life in the panels of comics. Mathematicomics will also provide parents with a unique opportunity to work alongside their child in a structured but imagination-centered environment.

“When we set out to create the only math museum in North America, we saw an incredible demand for hands-on math programming,” said Glen Whitney, MoMath co-founder and co-executive director. “Innovative programs like Mathematicomics help us advance the goal of making math engaging, and we’re excited to have Marek Bennett join MoMath for this unique event.”

“At this event, artists of all ages will find that sweet spot between fun, surprise and intellectual challenge. They will come out on the other side with an original mathematic-comic adventure to share with friends and family,” said Marek Bennett.

Mathematicomics will be held on Sunday, April 6, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan. Admission to the event is $15 a person or $13 for MoMath members. No comics experience is necessary. For more information or to register, visit

About Marek Bennett
Cartoonist, musician, and educator Marek Bennett leads discovery-based comics workshops throughout the country and beyond. Through his comics and music he explores topics as diverse as Civil War history, ecology, mathematics, and the roles of imagination and art in education. His work includes the recent webcomic and graphic novel, SLOVAKIA: Fall in the Heart of Europe, an ongoing international comics exchange between rural communities in New Hampshire and Northern Nicaragua (documented in his graphic novel Nicaragua Comics Travel Journal), the local history webcomic Live Free And Draw!, the long-running Xeric Award-winning weekly newspaper strip "Mimi's Doughnuts," and more. For more information, visit

About the National Museum of Mathematics
The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. The only math museum in North America, MoMath fulfills an incredible demand for hands-on math programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged-as well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding- can revel in their own personal realm of the infinite world of mathematics through more than 30 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. MoMath has also been awarded the bronze 2013 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach by the American Alliance of Museums. MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

About the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is dedicated to the advancement and communication of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, to the development of human capital for the growth and use of such knowledge, and to the cultivation in the larger society of awareness and appreciation of the beauty, power and importance of mathematical ideas and ways of understanding the world. For more information, visit

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