January 30, 2013—A bipartisan team of members of Congress have launched the Congressional STEAM Caucus. The STEAM Caucus, a popular acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, which “aims to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences—and their intersections—to our country’s future generations. Caucus members will work to increase awareness of the importance of STEAM education and explore new strategies to advocate for STEAM programs.”

Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts President & CEO, saluted this newly formed caucus, stating, “Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D–OR) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), the message of how the arts can help launch creativity and innovation among our nation’s students will have a proper place in the halls of Congress. Having worked with both of them on these issues, we were excited to assist in establishing this new congressional policy effort in education.”

Through its professional and advocacy programs, Americans for the Arts works to advance the cause of arts education at the federal, state and local levels. The Congressional STEAM Caucus, like the Congressional Arts Caucus, will serve as another point of contact for members of Congress dedicated to improving education and how the arts can be a part of their policy solutions.

Sources: American’s for the Arts News