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In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning initiative.
The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.
The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.
Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.
Between this March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
On Thursday, April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning. (See photos and hear audio of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrateofclimb/sets/72157643844683664/)
Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.
Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.