CHF Receives Grant from Public Health Fund

October 22, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has received a $50,000 grant from Public Health Fund for a project titled “Visualizing Our Air, Connecting Citizens to Information about Air Quality in Philadelphia.”

The “Visualizing Our Air” project features an installation entitled Particle Falls, a public art piece by digital media artist Andrea Polli. Particle Falls is a visually arresting large-scale projection of air quality data, showing a giant stream of color—blue, red, and fiery orange—that provides a representation of particulate matter detected by a companion air monitor. The projection updates in real time, dramatically visualizing the largely unseen matter existing in polluted air and helping to create a correlation between our urban environment and public health.

“This grant provides crucial support for a project that brings together the three great strengths of CHF: our collections, our museum, and our research on the history of science and technology,” said Jody Roberts, Director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy. “More broadly, the project reaches beyond CHF to create partnerships with organizations around Philadelphia to create innovative educational and outreach programming about the connections between our environment and our health.”

The Particle Falls installation, as well as the larger “Visualizing Our Air” project, provides an important offsite public engagement component to Sensing Change, the CHF initiative exploring the role of art in science communication. The initiative includes an exhibit which is scheduled to run July 2013–May 2014 at CHF and exhibit-based public programming, in addition to other elements. Project partnerships include the Franklin Institute, Air Management Services, and the Clean Air Council. In addition, in partnership with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), Particle Falls is scheduled to run September 2013–November 2013 and will be on display during the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild conference in November 2013. For more information about the Greenbuild conference and DVGBC’s role as host, visit

About Public Health Fund

Public Health Fund is a foundation that has fostered health care delivery, research, and education in the greater Delaware Valley since 1996, formerly as Philadelphia Health Care Trust. Public Health Fund’s mission is to improve the health of the Delaware Valley community through innovative and effective public health initiatives. For more information on Public Health Fund, please contact Anne Callan at 215-731-2115 or

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to
• Inspire a passion for chemistry;
• Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
• Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.
CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.

Media Contacts:

Nikki Reen 
Public Health Management Corporation

Neil Gussman     
Chemical Heritage Foundation

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