Our mission is bridging art and science to inspire curiosity, creativity, courage, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

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Our vision:

  • Be a network of networks, to connect artists, scientists, art-science organizations, and others working in the growing field of art-science, nationally and internationally.
  • Present an annual meeting of art-science for networking, teaching, learning, community building, and sharing of creative work in art-science.
  • Build clusters of local and regional connections between science organizations — biological field stations, marine labs, planetariums, science and nature centers, museums — and their neighboring arts organizations — arts retreats, arts centers, galleries, art schools, artists collectives — to promote cross-disciplinary work. Among these clusters, promote visiting artists programs at science organizations and visiting scientist programs at arts organizations.
  • Develop an art-science collaboration matching service that inspires, catalyzes, curates, and funds art-science collaborations, matching individual artists with individual scientists.
  • Teach classes in art-science interdisciplinary creativity.
  • Facilitate art-science festivals.
  • Visit college and university campuses and inspire collaborations within the faculty of each institution, with lectures, art-science collaboration workshops, performances and exhibits of art-science .
  • Enable art-science collaborators to adapt their work for use in K-12 classrooms, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and standards for math and the arts. Teach workshops for K-12 teacher professional development for STEM to STEAM (Arts integration in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
  • Advocate for public policy support of STEM to STEAM.
  • Encourage and facilitate art-science collaborations by providing books, peer reviewed publications, links, and other resources, and a guide to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Develop a database of art-science work, including individual creative workers, collaborations, temporary exhibits and performances, permanent institutions that support art-science, funders for these, and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Use databases to build overlaid maps of arts organizations, science organizations, art-science organizations, and individual artists and scientists, to help these connect with each other.
  • THE BIG DREAM: Build a center for art-science collaboration, for arts retreats, science research, education, workshops in art-science creativity, camps, after school activities, and to support all of the above.

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Executive Director Nancy Lowe:

My mission is sharing my curiosity, creativity, and the beauty of science and nature.  Around the time of Homo habilis, I studied video and other time arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a mover and shaker in independent media and media democracy.  For the last fifteen years, I have focused on art and science collaborations. I have catalyzed, curated, and secured funding for art and science collaborations… for museums, libraries, universities, meetings of academic professional organizations, and other venues. My works of art about evolutionary biology have been exhibited in many galleries in the US and Europe. To encourage students to become better observers of natural history, I have taught scientific illustration and nature journaling at biological field stations, universities, museums and other institutions in the US and Costa Rica; I have also served as an arts integration teacher in public and private K-12 schools. I am a scientific illustrator and photographer specializing in insects, plants, and fungi, and I also make short educational videos about science. I have worked in several research labs on pollination biology, and microbial symbionts of insects, and large-scale ecology.

Some geeky little obsessions (as if this website isn’t geeky enough already) are self-organizing networks, swarm behavior, how architecture and planning can create community, ethnomusicology, anything wabi-sabi, independent scholars, and plant galls. I am a big fan of biological field stations as living laboratories for ecology and evolutionary biology, and as communities for intellectual (and, I hope, increasingly interdisciplinary) collaboration.

My personal blog is http://sciencecandance.org .

Contact me: sciencecandance (at) gmail (dot) com