"Processes of Inquiry: Art, Science, and a Culture of Innovation," The Art of Science Learning Conference Keynote

Walter E. Massey | May 16, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you this morning about the Art of Science Learning. While I am honored to be asked to deliver these welcoming remarks, I was, and still am, not sure that I understand all the issues you are addressing well enough to be the most effective speaker to these issues. I am very new to the world of art, other than as an admirer, observer, and consumer.

However, during my brief tenure at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I have had the opportunity to interact with some of the foremost artists, designers, and art educators in the world. As you might imagine, then, the topic of how science and art can be brought together in a way that enhances the education of our students and also expands the creative horizons of our faculty is vigorously and enthusiastically discussed and debated on our campus. I imagine these ideas will be equally vigorously and enthusiastically discussed and debated here on IIT's campus for the next day and a half.

Those of us gathered in this room today represent a number of sectors that are doing related work, but don't regularly talk to one another. We come from an impressive variety of backgrounds and professional fields—we are scientists and artists; science educators; teaching artists and arts teachers; corporate leaders and policy-makers; researchers, mathematicians, engineers, museum administrators, civic leaders, and more. I myself am a physicist, but I have also spent much of my career in the corporate and higher-education sectors—and now am president of a school of art and design.


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The Art of Science Learning Conference: Keynote Address [PDF]