STEM May Become STEAM…Officially

Last week, the Congressional Caucus on STEAM--through Congresswoman Bonamici--successfully added an amendment to the rewrite of the nation's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation that will integrate the arts into STEM education. The Americans for the Arts said, "This is of particular significance because...

There Is More Than Art in the Art Districts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) launched a grant program called "Our Town" to encourage new thinking about the role of art and economic development. Toward that end, they funded over 50 sites in cities across the US, many who said they had unique...

On Becoming an Innovation Community

Today, understanding the challenges of the new global economy and knowing what it takes to succeed in the workplace of the future, we know it is not bandwidth in the ground that is so important as is the bandwidth in people's heads. And it starts...

Thinking Different: Unlocking the Keys to Your Creativity

Years ago, Jobs launched an Apple advertising campaign called "Think Different," featuring Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham,...

It’s All About Creativity

This movement by California matches the legislation signed by the governor of Massachusetts last spring, and is much like a bill working its way through the state legislature in Oklahoma to also establish a creativity index. Equally significant, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado...

Art Without Borders

And in the art gallery located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), seven artists from either side of the border dividing San Diego and Tijuana were represented in an exhibition last fall that dealt "head-on with politics, immigration, the...

The Artist as Advocate

Picasso once complained: "Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to understand the song of the birds?" He once is alleged to say he would've been a writer but he's not; he's a painter, so don't ask him to explain anything about his...

The STEAM Camps Are Coming

It's early in the new year but educators across the country are already making plans for the summer and they are thinking STEAM...

The Art and Design Legacy of the Apple CEO

The book by Walter Isaacson about Steve Jobs, former CEO and founder of Apple Computer, has now sold over one million copies. After talking with many of Steve's colleagues, Issacson discovered that to Steve, "You were either [a shithead or a hero], one or the...