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Registration for our phenomenal Artful STEM: Transforming Curriculum and Instruction symposium is now open! 

Special Early Bird registration rates (save $5 per person) are in effect until April 15, so register now!
ARTFUL STEM:  Transforming
Curriculum & Instruction  

Co-Sponsored by the Creativity Commons at Lesley University, located at University Hall,1815 Massachusetts Avenue,Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140 

  • May 1, 2014 (Boston school visits 1-3 PM)
  • May 2, 2014 (Symposium & Awards, 8:15 AM - 7 PM) 

This two-day event examines the intersection of the arts (dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts) and STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math).  Massachusetts has a large coterie of highly qualified experts who have successfully merged and blended these subject areas across many age levels of grades K-12 students. You will have stimulating panels, live performances, hands-on experiential sessions, and practical break-out sessions on how experienced practitioners are making STEM education come alive in and through the arts!  This is bound to be one of Arts|Learning's best ever symposiums, and we thank our co-sponsor, the Creativity Commons at Lesley University for hosting this event.


See the schedule of events  for May 2 here.
See biographies of presenters and school visits info here.
To Register for the Symposium, click here.
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Featured Presenters at Artful STEM

Steve Seidel is the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Lecturer on Arts in Education and the Director of the Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

At Project Zero, he was principal investigator on projects that study the use of reflective practices in schools, the close examination of student work, and documentation of learning. His teaching and writing for the past decade have largely focused on arts education and the improvement of teaching and assessment across elementary and secondary settings. Steve will be presented with the Arts|Learning Lifetime Achievement Award.  



David Edwards created the Cloud Foundation in 1999 to provide opportunities for urban teens to create with passion across cultural boundaries, as they have since their own youths. As a scientist, David Edwards chose to work through the arts, recognizing that very often, before ideas grow as science, they emerge as art, the most natural language of youth. The Boston ArtScience Prize is a part of ArtsScience Labs and is hosted by the Cloud Foundation.
David is a scientist, writer and inventor, and lives between Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he oversees his original institution of cultural creation, Le Laboratoire.  He is the author of over 100 patents, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and has started multiple for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the USA, Europe and Africa. David will be presented with Arts|Learning's Eric Oddliefson Service to Arts Education Award. 
National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2014 Creative Community Fellowships

National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for the 2014 Creative Community Fellowship program from innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems.


Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative place making, 50 fellows gain the tools, skills, and networks necessary for them to activate ideas that will transform their communities. The program, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, incorporates a residential and online track, but all fellows enter the program with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem in their communities.  To be eligible, applicants must be cultural entrepreneurs dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods; between the ages of 25 and 40; and curious, open, and collaborative.  

MA House Budget Proposes MC Logo
Severe Cuts to MA Cultural Council 

Our colleagues at MASSCreative have sent the following urgent appeal for action on this important topic:

"The budget released yesterday by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee recommends CUTTING the Commonwealth's investment in the arts and cultural community by slashing the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget by more than 50% from $11.1 million to $5 million.


"This is unacceptable.


"Art drives our economy, enhances education, and builds our communities. This budget will drastically cut many Massachusetts Cultural Council programs that provide vital public support to organizations, artists, and arts educators across the Commonwealth.


"We need to get to work and send a clear message to our Representatives by Friday, April 11 that arts matter.


"Send an email TODAY to your Representative urging him/her to co-sponsor Rep. Cory Atkins' amendment to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $16 million.  


"The good news is that the budget battle is just beginning and you can make a difference. Over the next two days we need to send a clear message to our Representatives to show them that investing in the creative community is not just nice, but necessary."