RISD Leads Congressional Briefing

RISD Leads Congressional Briefing

Speakers raise awareness about the importance of integrating art and design into the national innovation agenda

On Wednesday, June 22, RISD will present a Congressional briefing on the need to integrate art and design with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as an essential component of the national innovation agenda.

RISD President John Maeda will emphasize the importance of adding Art to STEM education (thereby making STEAM) to teach the flexible thinking and risk-taking that is needed in today's complex and dynamic world. To realize this potential, he says, scientists, artists and designers need to develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education. A resolution sponsored by CongressmanJim Langevin (D-RI) speaks to the importance of art and design in the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research agenda.

Other speakers at the briefing include leaders in education and business: Adam Bly,CEO of Seed Media Group; Randy Cohen, vice president of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts;Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education, National Research Council; andBrian K. Smith, dean of Continuing Education at RISD.

In January RISD hosted Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy, a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In March the school organizedMake It Better, a symposium focused on ways in which artists and designers can help improve public health and the healthcare delivery system in the U.S.

“The tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnership,” says President Maeda. “Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change."

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