Art / Science / Innovation

Shaping the 21st-Century Workforce

Shaping the 21st-Century Workforce

The Art of Science Learning is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative directed by Harvey Seifter that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st Century STEM workforce.

Why the arts? The same skills, processes and behaviors involved in the arts are also critical to science, and using the arts to practice those skills has positive benefits for both learners and STEM practitioners.

Over the next four years, this grant will support the development of:

  • A curriculum that uses arts-based learning to teach innovation to cross-disciplinary and multi-generational teams;
  • Arts-based incubators for STEM innovation at San Diego’s Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and Worcester’s EcoTarium;
  • Experimental research to measure the impact of arts-based learning on the creativity, collaborative behavior and innovation outputs of STEM learners;
  • A traveling exhibition, to reach national audiences with compelling stories about creativity at the intersection of art, science and learning.

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is the project’s national administrative sponsor.