News

Arts and business news from around the country.

RSS

Astronaut Alvin Drew Calls for More Arts Education

Posted by Stacy Lasner
0 Comments
Astronaut Alvin Drew Calls for More Arts Education

In Washington last month, a former NASA astronaut, Alvin Drew, proposed adding arts and humanities to the core subject areas of science, technology, education, and math (changing STEM to STEAM). Drew traveled to space twice, but once he returned to Earth, he found that he had trouble expressing what he saw.

 

According to inverse.com, Drew was part of a panel that gave the State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Address, a follow-up to what President Obama said about science during his final State of the Union.

 

Drew felt that the public tends to shy away from engaging with hard science because "it's easy to get lost while navigating equations and ethereal concepts," the article explains.

 

“If you have the best idea in the world but you can’t communicate it to everybody else, then that idea stays locked up in your head and you have to be able to convey that idea” Drew said. “A lot of what we do in science and technology is intimidating to people because you’re learning a new language…learning math is not different from learning Russian.” He expressed a need for people who can explain complicated scientific concepts in an engaging way.

 

According to inverse.com, White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith echoed Drew's assertions, bringing up Star Wars: The Force Awakens as an example: “It took a lot of technology to make those movies and also an extraordinary imagination and a lot of art,” Smith said. “Art and tech aren’t separate from each other.”

 

Find more articles about the STEAM movement and how arts education helps build a stronger, more creative workforce.

 

Photo credit:Sam Howzit, Flickr.

Related
Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

Using Business to Build the Leadership Pipeline in the Arts
Jan 13, 2017 0 Comments
In the story “Packaging Your Impact: How Con Edison Engages Its Employees through the ABC/NY Diversity in the Arts Leadership Program” we learned a lot about mutually beneficial arts-based partnerships.   We learned that the...
Go to full post
Research and Theatre: A Life’s Devotion
Jan 11, 2017 0 Comments
When Merrill Shugoll was selling candy at the Kennedy Center in her youth, would she have thought that she would become a research leader for arts organizations? As President of Shugoll Research in Bethesda, MD, Merrill and her...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Nominations Close in One Week
Jan 06, 2017 0 Comments
Presented annually by Americans for the Arts' Business Committee for the Arts, the BCA 10 Awards recognize the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America.   Nominations close January 13, 2017. All honorees will...
Go to full post
Solving Problems and Challenging the Status Quo with pARTnerships
Jan 04, 2017 0 Comments
When entering a new year, many individuals and businesses alike desire a fresh start.  In personal lives, the changes may appear in a new diet or workout routine while at work it may be goal setting or performance evaluations...
Go to full post
Top Five Arts and Biz Picks for 2016!
Dec 21, 2016 0 Comments
At Americans for the Arts, the Private Sector Initiatives team works to strengthen partnerships between the arts and businesses communities. Hear from the team about its favorite arts and biz partnerships from 2016.   Jessica...
Go to full post
Why Does Your Business Value the Arts?
Dec 15, 2016 0 Comments
In their acceptance speeches at the 2016 BCA 10 Awards, twelve industry leaders spoke about what being honored at the 2016 BCA 10 means to them and why they encourage and seek out opportunities to bring the arts into their worlds...
Go to full post
"A People without Murals is a Demuralized People": Enlivening an Arts and Entertainment District with Public Art
Dec 13, 2016 0 Comments
Arts Brookfield recently revealed their second installment of the “Paint the Town” initiative to promote public art murals in downtown Bethesda, MD.  With the help of their partner Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, artist...
Go to full post
Nissan’s Larger than Life 3D Project
Dec 08, 2016 0 Comments
Ranging from the simple, still image of the Red Cross logo to Pixar’s white lamp hopping across the screen, creative imagery is utilized to build brands and establish business identities everywhere. In a world where prolific...
Go to full post
Art, Luxury, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Dec 06, 2016 0 Comments
If fine art is a luxury good, how much value is added when imagery crafted by masters is featured on an ordinary object? According to Bomber Ski, if you do so with a finely tuned commodity itself, the answer is: exponential...
Go to full post
Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 2): Thrive with the Arts and Create a Greater City – The Launch of ArtWORKS PHX
Dec 01, 2016 0 Comments
A new initiative launched this month in Phoenix, AZ to showcase and inspire business engagement with the arts: ArtWORKS PHX. ArtWORKS PHX is Phoenix’s fresh, digital arts and business campaign that encourages local businesses...
Go to full post
Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 1): Corporate Volunteerism Award goes to 2016 BCA 10 Winner CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Nov 29, 2016 0 Comments
CopperPoint Insurance Companies are known throughout Arizona for far more than providing workers compensation insurance. The company has also built name recognition and an amiable reputation in areas outside of their industry...
Go to full post
An Environment of Convergence
Nov 22, 2016 0 Comments
Conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion are currently affecting almost every industry.  From tech to home sharing, leaders are approaching new ways to engage employees, thwart exclusion, and consider people...
Go to full post
Blick Art Materials CEO Discusses the Impact of the Arts at the BCA 10 Gala
Nov 21, 2016 0 Comments
On October 5, 2016, Robert Buchsbaum, CEO of Blick Art Materials, the nation’s premier art supply source, accepted Americans for the Arts' 2016 BCA Leadership Award at the BCA 10 gala at the Central Park Boathouse in NYC.  ...
Go to full post
Aetna Inc.’s Glowing Remarks at the 2016 BCA Gala: A Healthy Outlook on the Arts from a Health Care Leader
Nov 21, 2016 0 Comments
On October 5, 2016, Aetna Inc., leading health care company, received the 2016 BCA Hall of Fame award.  Aetna’s Vice President of Community Relations and Urban Marketing, Floyd Green, accepted the award on the company’s behalf...
Go to full post

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn easy ways to take your partnership to a new level.

Use our ads locally

Use our ads locally

View The pARTnership Movement ad campaign and find ways to use the ads.

pARTnership videos

pARTnership videos

Watch and share our videos from The pARTnership Movement.

Partnership ideas

Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

Get listed in our searchable directory.

Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.