“Judging from the [Venus] Transit event last week, if every professional scientist made it a point to do a public stargazing event once a month across the nation, and used university or school or personal money to buy a 6″ Dobsonian and simply show off the Moon and Saturn and some pretty star clusters,and they all did it consistently and persistently, then there will be change.
Astronomy is the gateway to all the other sciences, and no school or university should pass up this easy and simple thing to do. If someone says “well I don’t know the skies” then I guarantee that there are 10 amateur astronomers within 25 miles who would be glad to help. This is the voice to use. This will rebuild the culture, both in science and arts. It is this that will do it. It is not a government thing. It is a people thing.” ~Jason Shilling Kendall on Audrey Fischer’s Facebook wall.
The Warren Astronomical Society DOES this, and there are a LOT more than 10 amateur astronomers within 25 miles of me! We meet twice a month, and usually have a presentation (or two) from members or guest speakers. We also host a monthly Star Party at our observatory!