Da Vinci Educational Sponsorship Project

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The County of Santa Clara, CA. USA/Province of Florence, Italy, Sister County Commission partnered with the Tech Museum of Innovation, to make it possible for nearly 3600 local students and chaperones to experience the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit.

Join the Florence Commission’s sponsorship drive to support the opportunity for local schools to experience “Leonardo: 500 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE,” the largest, most comprehensive Leonardo da Vinci exhibit ever. The exhibit, direct from Italy, comes to the Tech Museum of Innovation September 27, 2008, through January 25, 2009.

Through the Florence Commission da Vinci Exhibit Educational Sponsorship Project, businesses or individuals contributing $5,000 can designate the school or school district of their choice to receive the $5,000 scholarship to provide tickets for 400-500 students and chaperons to attend and experience the exhibit.

Individuals can join this worthwhile endeavor by donating $400 or more to support the attendance of local students. Each $400 donation sponsors up to 40 students and chaperones to attend the exhibit. 

For more information or to participate, call the Florence Sister County Commission at (408) 299-5115 or email [email protected].

Sponsorship checks should be made payable to The Tech Museum and sent to the Florence Sister County Commission, c/o County Executive’s Office, 70 W. Hedding St., 11th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110.


Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future, an unprecedented exhibition that brings to life the true depth of Leonardo da Vinci’s innovative spirit and genius, will make its worldwide premier and only U.S. appearance at The Tech. The exhibition extends far beyond his paintings to showcase his engineering innovations and designs, and to provide insight into his creative thought process. Da Vinci’s works and accomplishments are also put into context with other pioneering Renaissance artist-engineers; combined, their works demonstrate the interplay of both art and science.

The exhibit includes over 200 artifacts including drawings, sculptures and life-size models of the art, architectural projects, machines and mechanisms of Renaissance artist-engineers. Numerous multi-media stations throughout the exhibition put the machines and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance artist-engineers into modern day context, and full-scale working models have been painstakingly recreated by Florence artisans using materials and construction techniques that were available in the 15th century. Priceless works of art by da Vinci’s contemporaries, on loan from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, will accompany the exhibition.

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