Zero Gravity Arts Consortium

Pietronigro is co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) in the United States. He co-founded the organization in 1999 with Laura Knott and Lorelei Lisowsky. The group is an international space arts organization that aims to foster greater access for artists to space flight technology and zero gravity space through the creation of international partnerships with space agencies, space industry entrepreneurs, arts and science organizations, and leading universities. It is the first organization of its kind, facilitating parabolic flight projects that the group hopes will help teams of artists to have permanent access to space transportation systems including the International Space Station.

Pietronigro is also one of the coordinators for “Yuri’s Night” Bay Area 2007/08 held at NASA Ames Research Center. “Yuri’s Night” is a series of parties in various countries that celebrate the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight in 1961. Pietronigro leads a Yuri’s Night Bay Area event at NASA Ames Research Center on the tarmac and surrounding aircraft hangars.

In 2006, he was co-chair of the Space Art Track of the 25th International Space Development Conference, co-sponsored by the National Space Society and the Planetary Society.