Maryland Institute College of Art is an art and design college in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It was founded in 1826 as the "Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts", making it one of the first and oldest art colleges in the United States. In 2014, MICA was ranked #7 in the nation among fine arts programs by U.S. News and World Report, and its Graphic Design Master of Fine Arts program was ranked #3 among graduate schools for Graphic Design in 2012. MICA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design , a consortium of 36 leading art schools in the United States, as well as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design . The school is located in the Bolton Hill neighborhood, along Mount Royal Ave. The main campus is about 1.5 miles from downtown Baltimore.MICA hosts pre-college, post-baccalaureate, continuing studies, Masters of Fine Arts, and Bachelors of Fine Arts programs, as well as weekend young peoples' studio art classes. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 2, 2017
WHAT: Student work from Husson University will be featured at an exhibition on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A wide variety of creative mediums will be represented as part of this showcase. Student drawings, paintings, pastels, photography, graphic design, set design, computer aided drafting, digital illustration, collages, assemblages, and batik prints will be on display. The featured work was created in a variety of fine arts courses at Husson University. Also included are graphic design pieces from the marketing and communications program at Husson’s New England School of Communications and individual student submissions. Exemplary student work from the following courses will be included as part of this showcase: The exhibition is free and open to the public. WHO: Kathi J. Smith, an assistant professor of studio arts and art appreciation at Husson University, organized this exhibition. She will be available for interviews. Assistant Professor Smith joined Husson University in 2014 and has over 15 years of art education experience. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, with a minor in art history from the University of Southern Maine. Smith also has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Husson University, Smith taught at Plymouth State University where she received their Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. Over the past four years, she has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, and five prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center and has been a fellow and artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. In the summer of 2014, she participated in a seven-week artist-in-residency program in Brittany, France, sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art. The July 2013 edition of Artscope Magazine ran a feature on her called “Kathi Smith’s New England.” She exhibits her work regularly in Maine, New York, and New Hamphire and maintains a working studio in Bangor, ME. Smith practices primarily in the arena of painting and drawing, though she also has facility in ceramics, printmaking, and other mediums. Smith’s artwork reflects her landscape, in which she invites close observation of familiar-seeming places and their narratives. WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. WHY: This showcase is designed to give students an opportunity to share their work with the public. It is also an opportunity to highlight some of the exceptionally talented students at Husson University. Public exhibitions are a valuable part of the art educational experience. They serve as venues where students can exchange creative ideas with their peers and receive feedback from members of the public. The event is a collaboration between Husson’s College of Science and Humanities and the University’s New England School of Communications. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
News Article | March 1, 2017
LIVEbe Communities, a premier multifamily property manager of Class A communities and an affiliate of Berman Enterprises, today announced the start of pre- leasing at two new luxury communities offering a combined 461 apartment homes in Maryland. The Remy, a 278-unit community in Lanham, Md., and 2Hopkins, a 183-unit high-rise in downtown Baltimore, have begun pre- leasing homes. Residents of both communities will begin moving in later this year. Berman Enterprises owns the two properties. "The future of each of these communities is tremendously bright, as there is a very limited supply of of luxury apartments in these markets and enormous pent-up demand for high-end multifamily living," said Elaine De Lude, vice president of LIVEbe Communities. "Along with that demand is an expectation to provide a level of customer service few companies can deliver. That’s why we’ve crafted a thorough recruiting strategy to assemble the most talented, experienced onsite teams in the industry, with Live Ambassadors who are passionate about exceeding our residents' high expectations. We look forward to leasing up the communities, creating high levels of resident satisfaction and renewals." Located at 7730 Harkins Road, The Remy is a transit-oriented community within a short walk of the New Carrollton Metro Station, served by the Orange Line, Amtrak, MARC and Greyhound. The station offers quick access to downtown Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The community also is only minutes away from major employers such as the Internal Revenue Service, 2U. the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland. The eight-story Remy offers studio, one- and two-bedroom homes. The apartment homes feature stainless-steel appliances, extra sound proofing, quartz countertops, washers and dryers, walk-in closets, double-pane windows, hardwood engineered flooring, balconies, designer lighting and hardware packages, and, in select units, moveable kitchen islands. Community amenities at The Remy include a wide range of resort-style features, such as concierge service, outdoor saltwater pool, poolside cabanas, bike storage and repair area, resident lounge, beautifully landscaped courtyards, game room, movie screening room, and bocce court. The community also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, electric-vehicle charging stations, car washing and detailing area, package service, pet park, dog-washing stations, telecommuting spaces, which offer Wi-Fi enabled work areas for residents who work from home and parking garage. Among its most unique offerings are a rooftop lounge with ambient lighting and lounge areas. Located at 2 Hopkins Plaza in Charles Center in downtown Baltimore, the 21-story 2Hopkins is within a short distance from a number of major employers, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Bank of America and Pandora Jewelry. The community also is close to several well-known entertainment destinations. The Inner Harbor, which includes the Port Discovery Children's Museum, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and numerous restaurants, is only minutes from the site. Also across the street from Royal Farm Arena and nearby is Camden Yards, M&T Stadium and the historic Fells Point neighborhood, which has more than 120 bars and pubs. Nearby schools include the University of Maryland-Baltimore, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Baltimore. 2Hopkins offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units. With floor to ceiling windows the apartment homes feature expansive city views, 10-foot ceilings, electronic entry, stainless-steel ceiling fans, quartz countertops, white cabinets with one glass accent cabinet, recessed lighting, and wood engineered flooring. Community amenities include hotel-style concierge service, a resident lounge and gaming area, garage parking, telecommuting spaces, dog spa, package storage, bike storage and repair station, fitness center with free weights and machines, and a yoga studio. In addition to the start of leasing on the two communities, LIVEbe has assumed management responsibilities for Glen Oaks Apartments, a 463-unit community in Greenbelt, Md. "This is an exciting time for LIVEbe, as we begin to build our management portfolio," said Jennifer Rucker, vice president of LIVEbe Communities. "The multifamily market in the metropolitan D.C. and Baltimore areas is strong, with an underpinning of job growth that should keep demand strong." About LIVEbe Headquartered in Rockville, Md., LIVEbe was founded in 2016 and is helmed by multifamily veterans Elaine De Lude and Jennifer Rucker. LIVEbe is the multi-family division of Berman Enterprises and was established with a specific focus on fostering a sense of community by offering an unparalleled living experience for residents and employing LIVEAmbassadors who are forward thinking and passionate about providing exceptional customer service. About Berman Enterprises Berman Enterprises is a multi-generational real estate and investment company founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, hard work, hands-on management, community and philanthropy. Employing a conservative financial strategy, Berman Enterprises has experienced sustained growth since brothers Melvin J. Berman and I. Wolford Berman founded the company in 1952. Today, the Company and its affiliates own and manage more than 9 million square feet of commercial office, retail, industrial/flex and residential properties in Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The Company also owns several hundred acres of developable land representing thousands of units of residential and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial and retail development potential.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Middletown, Maryland will celebrate its 250th Anniversary throughout 2017 with a series of Town Talks, each geared to a specific historical theme that has contributed to making Middletown all that it is today. On Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00pm, the Town Talk will occur at Zion Lutheran Church at 107 West Main Street, Middletown, Maryland. The subject of the March 5th event will be the arts in Middletown, as well as celebrating with birthday cake. Middletown has been an incubator of artists for years and will celebrate this through showcasing the works of William Moran, the internationally recognized knife maker; Charles Walther, the modernist painter who was a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and summered in Middletown, teaching classes known as The Snallygaster School; and Middletown native son, John Horman, a Carnegie Hall performer, teacher and writer of children’s music will perform. Locally made quilts and coverlets will be on display for visitors to view while enjoying a piece of birthday cake. According to The Early History of Middletown, Maryland, by George C. Rhoderick, Michael Jesserong was selling lots as early as March 3, 1767, thus Middletown credits its founding to the date, 1767 (even though we know settlers were living in the Middletown Valley much earlier). The Town created the 250th Steering Committee to develop a series of events that celebrate and commemorate the different themes of Middletown’s history. Previous Town Talks in January discussed the role of Middletown’s local style of government, being only one of five towns in Maryland that have a Burgess, and in February, the history of the local African-American community that was centered on Jefferson Street as early as 1829. Information about upcoming topics can be found at http://www.mainstreetmiddletown.org or http://www.middletown.md.us. Burgess John Miller said, “We are excited about this milestone in our history and we invite you all to visit Middletown to enjoy our growing and thriving community, and celebrate with us.” Please join in on March 5, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church at 107 West Main Street at 2:00pm for the third in the series of Middletown Town Talks commemorating our 250th Anniversary.
News Article | November 16, 2016
Senior talent in user experience and marketing have joined the agency to deepen Fastspot’s product offering and elevate its brand. A director of design has been named from an internal candidate, and an additional developer, user experience designer and project manager have been added. Anne Petersen, Fastspot’s new director of user experience, brings over 12 years of creating holistic strategies centered on the experiences of users who need technology to work for their benefit. Her work spans user research, roadmaps, content strategy and collaborative workshops with clients. Petersen graduated from Beloit College and holds an MFA from Penn State University. Julie Higgins, in the newly created role of director of marketing and communications, brings communications and marketing expertise to Fastspot from a variety of industries, including tech. A veteran of the communications and marketing divisions of Blackboard, Levi Strauss & Co., Gymboree and Fleishman-Hillard, Higgins is focused on extending Fastspot’s brand reach into new markets and offering communications services to clients. Higgins earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Yianni Mathioudakis has been promoted to director of design at Fastspot after ten years at the agency. Mathioudakis specializes in concept development, usability, interface design, and content visualization and has made beautiful work for George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Mathioudakis earned a BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Mathioudakis will continue to report to Curt Kotula, Fastspot’s creative director. Lucas Roe, Fastspot’s new user experience designer, joined Fastspot from Columbia-based ACGI Software, where he was the lead user experience (UX) designer. Prior to that, Roe worked for No.inc and R2I in Baltimore as a UX designer. Roe graduated from Towson University with a BS in graphic design. He is heavily involved in local UX meet-ups in Baltimore. Bryan Stoner, Fastspot’s new developer, comes to Fastspot from Idfive, where he was a front-end web developer. Prior to that, Stoner was at Finalsite as a front-end developer until they merged with Silverpoint, where Stoner met Fastspot's Nick Hall and Scott Opirhory. Stoner came to web development via the University of Maryland Baltimore County college career fair, where he obtained a BS in Information Systems. Abigail Pendergrass, Fastspot’s new project manager, brings account management experience to Fastspot from her days at Waybetter Marketing, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and management consulting firm Ciotek. Pendergrass graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore City and completed her MBA while studying abroad in the UK. “Organizations partner with Fastspot for the powerful blend of great design and user-focused interactive strategy, along with our highly collaborative approach to digital communications,” said Tracey Halvorsen, chief visionary officer and co-founder at Fastspot. “It is very important for us to add the right people to our growing teams, and the process is highly selective. We value the trust our clients put in us to deliver amazing results, and we need outstanding talent in every seat at the company." Fastspot specializes in large-scale web-based strategy, design and development for higher education, cultural organizations, health care and financial services organizations. For more information about Fastspot, please visit Fastspot or follow us on Twitter at Fastspot, and on Facebook. Interactive digital agency Fastspot was founded in 2001. The company has helped build numerous brands, including the Walters Art Museum, Bucknell University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Kenyon College and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Fastspot’s work is consistently present in prestigious award programs, such as the Webbys, the CASE Awards and the W3 Awards. Fastspot combines a high level of creativity with an unparalleled level of user experience focus, and a skill set within interactive technologies which delivers work that delights, nails business objectives and is sustainable.
Land M.H.,The Landing |
Land M.H.,Maryland Institute College of Art
Procedia Computer Science | Year: 2013
There is growing interest amongst forward looking public officials, educators, and professionals in enhancing the education platform to better prepare students for both analytical and creative thinking. Traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees focus on convergent skills whereas art degrees focus on divergent skills. Having the ability to execute both at scale can better position our nation for global competitiveness. A study by the Partnership for a New American Economy, called Not Coming to America, demonstrates the lacking interest of STEM in undergraduates throughout American born citizens. With a STEM job market increasing three times faster than the rest of the economy, and only 4.4% of American undergraduates enrolled in STEM programs, there is a huge shortage of qualified high-tech workers. Education must foster not only problem solving skills but also problem seeking skills all while maintaining the interest of the students. The author, an art educator with STEM interest, will summarize the major initiative in STEM, rationalize the value of arts integration, discuss objective driven assessment, evaluate literacy opportunities, provide examples of taking theory to practice, and challenge the audience to go full STEAM ahead. © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Artist, Espi Frazier's solo show "Married to Art" opens at Gallery CA in Baltimore, Maryland on March 17th and run through April 21st. Produced by Flickeria and curated by Kirk Shannon-Buttts, "M2A" unfolds one woman's narrative, expression, creativity, and commitment during her 60 years in art. Baltimore, MD, February 14, 2017 --( In the 1980s the artist collective, Guerrilla Girls, asked, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art?" Married to Art answers this question through Frazier's artistry and body of work, rather her anatomy. Creating in a range of materials including graphite on paper, acrylic, yarn and wood, Frazier's work has been displayed at galleries and museums throughout the nation, including the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum, Artscape, Howard University, and Maryland Art Place. Featured artwork in M2A includes the stylish and majestic, Church Lady Hats; the iconic and groundbreaking, Josephine Baker; and, the reflective and personal, Self Portrait. Originally from Chicago and currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland, Frazier holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a BFA from the renown Art Institute of Chicago. An artist and educator, Frazier is an Art Instructor at Friends School of Baltimore. Frazier represents the best of whom America is capable of producing. She is humble, conscious, courageous, creative and dedicated to art. "The show Married to Art is a fact of my life. I have been making art since age five. It has been a steady and dependable ground to stand on. Art has helped me through life's unpredictable journey. Today, I am happy to say, I have not sought a divorce in 60 plus years. Art has been a lifelong wonderful marriage." Married to Art is curated by Kirk Shannon-Butts of Flickeria. Flickeria is a boutique production company and artist management agency. Shannon-Butts works directly with emerging artists to showcase their art, vision and voice on the local, national and international art scene. Founded in 2012, Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space showcasing local, regional, national and international artists. Gallery CA also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local art institutions and community organizations. Baltimore, MD, February 14, 2017 --( PR.com )-- As the nation pauses amidst the bloom of another spring to celebrate, honor and recognize the contributions of women throughout our collective history, March is Women's History Month, Gallery CA presents the work of artist, Espi Frazier. On view from March 17th through April 21, 2017, the exhibition is aptly titled Married to Art. M2A features a herstory of one woman's journey as presented through her art, while creatively commenting on our society, culture and history.In the 1980s the artist collective, Guerrilla Girls, asked, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art?" Married to Art answers this question through Frazier's artistry and body of work, rather her anatomy. Creating in a range of materials including graphite on paper, acrylic, yarn and wood, Frazier's work has been displayed at galleries and museums throughout the nation, including the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum, Artscape, Howard University, and Maryland Art Place. Featured artwork in M2A includes the stylish and majestic, Church Lady Hats; the iconic and groundbreaking, Josephine Baker; and, the reflective and personal, Self Portrait.Originally from Chicago and currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland, Frazier holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a BFA from the renown Art Institute of Chicago. An artist and educator, Frazier is an Art Instructor at Friends School of Baltimore. Frazier represents the best of whom America is capable of producing. She is humble, conscious, courageous, creative and dedicated to art. "The show Married to Art is a fact of my life. I have been making art since age five. It has been a steady and dependable ground to stand on. Art has helped me through life's unpredictable journey. Today, I am happy to say, I have not sought a divorce in 60 plus years. Art has been a lifelong wonderful marriage."Married to Art is curated by Kirk Shannon-Butts of Flickeria. Flickeria is a boutique production company and artist management agency. Shannon-Butts works directly with emerging artists to showcase their art, vision and voice on the local, national and international art scene.Founded in 2012, Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space showcasing local, regional, national and international artists. Gallery CA also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local art institutions and community organizations. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Flickeria
News Article | December 12, 2016
WHAT: Student work from Husson University drawing, painting, pastel, photography, and graphic design courses will be on display. The event is a collaboration between Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities and the New England School of Communications. The exhibition is free and open to the public. WHO: Faculty members helping to coordinate this show include: Kathi J. Smith, an assistant professor of studio arts and art appreciation at Husson University, has organized this exhibition. She will be available for interviews. Smith joined Husson University in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, with a minor in art history from the University of Southern Maine. Professor Smith also has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Husson University, Smith taught at Plymouth State University where she received their Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. Over the past four years, she has participated in numerous regional and national exhibitions, along with five prestigious residencies. Smith has received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center and has been a fellow and artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. In the summer of 2014, she participated in a seven week Artist in Residency program in Brittany, France, sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art. Last spring, Assistant Professor Smith was honored by Husson University when they presented her with a community service award for her efforts to encourage art immersive education and activities in the Bangor area. Larry Ayotte is an instructor at Husson University’s New England School of Communications. Ayotte’s experience with still photography and video production spans almost 40 years. Photography is not just an occupation for Ayotte; it’s a passion that became evident while serving in the Air Force in the late 1970s. Upon being discharged, he set out to immerse himself in the profession - first as a lab technician and eventually as a commercial photographer. These experiences allowed him to witness chemical photography at its best, before the industry’s eventual conversion to digital in the early 2000s. In the early 1980s, Ayotte became a news videographer for the NBC affiliate in Bangor, Maine. This allowed him to travel to Germany, Spain, Canada, and all over the state of Maine. In addition, he provided content to NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Ted Koppel’s Nightline, and cable channels including the History Channel, A&E, CNN, MSNBC, E!, NESN, and ESPN. He eventually began working for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. His efforts at MPBN allowed him to be nominated for regional Emmy Awards. WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2016 Doors open at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4 - 6 p.m. WHY: This showcase is designed to give students an opportunity to share their work with the public. It is also an opportunity to highlight some of the exceptionally talented students at Husson University. Public exhibitions are a valuable part of the art educational experience. They serve as venues where students can exchange creative ideas with their peers and receive feedback from members of the public. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
Nateghi R.,Purdue University |
Bricker J.D.,Tohoku University |
Guikema S.D.,University of Michigan |
Bessho A.,Maryland Institute College of Art
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016
The Pacific coast of the Tohoku region of Japan experiences repeated tsunamis, with the most recent events having occurred in 1896, 1933, 1960, and 2011. These events have caused large loss of life and damage throughout the coastal region. There is uncertainty about the degree to which seawalls reduce deaths and building damage during tsunamis in Japan. On the one hand they provide physical protection against tsunamis as long as they are not overtopped and do not fail. On the other hand, the presence of a seawall may induce a false sense of security, encouraging additional development behind the seawall and reducing evacuation rates during an event. We analyze municipality-level and sub-municipality-level data on the impacts of the 1896, 1933, 1960, and 2011 tsunamis, finding that seawalls larger than 5 m in height generally have served a protective role in these past events, reducing both death rates and the damage rates of residential buildings. However, seawalls smaller than 5 m in height appear to have encouraged development in vulnerable areas and exacerbated damage. We also find that the extent of flooding is a critical factor in estimating both death rates and building damage rates, suggesting that additional measures, such as multiple lines of defense and elevating topography, may have significant benefits in reducing the impacts of tsunamis. Moreover, the area of coastal forests was found to be inversely related to death and destruction rates, indicating that forests either mitigated the impacts of these tsunamis, or displaced development that would otherwise have been damaged. © 2016 Nateghi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Garcia-Lopez P.,Maryland Institute College of Art
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience | Year: 2012
Neuroculture, conceived as the reciprocal interaction between neuroscience and different areas of human knowledge is influencing our lives under the prism of the latest neuroscientific discoveries. Simultaneously, neuroculture can create new models of thinking that can significantly impact neuroscientists' daily practice. Especially interesting is the interaction that takes place between neuroscience and the arts. This interaction takes place at different infinite levels and contexts. I contextualize my work inside this neurocultural framework. Through my artwork I try to give a more natural vision of the human brain, which could help to develop a more humanistic culture. © 2012 Garcia-Lopez.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 45.62K | Year: 2011
The Network to support Science, Engineering, Arts and Design (NSEAD) will support transformative research and pedagogy that are only possible through the combined expertise of diverse knowledge domains and disciplines. For example, as physicists and engineers developed new imaging techniques, visual artists experimented with the new expressive potentials they enabled, often influencing development of the technologies. Visual artists and musicians have created and continue to create computer languages and algorithms while pushing technologies for composing and recording in fields of software engineering, artificial intelligence, graphics and visualization. Students who are involved in the arts have higher math, verbal, and composite SAT scores than students who are not involved in the arts. (Vaughn and Winner, 2000). There is a growing movement by higher education academic institutions in the United States to integrate the Arts and STEM disciplines to educate the whole student while leveraging creative cognitive skills for solving complex problems in science and technology disciplines. And finally, diverse ecosystem of academic programs in pre-K to gray formal and informal STEM learning; scientific research conferences; exhibitions, and cultural institution programs continues to emerge as new information technologies, creativity support and social networking tools become pervasive in our society. This project envisions a network that addresses fundamental challenges including the need to align academic pedagogies with 21st century thinking skills; to promote diversity of perspectives, approaches, and people in the creative information technology economy; and to benchmark best practices that create critical thinkers and leaders for the ever-changing technology-driven job market. The development of such a network will provide a platform to disseminate and generate public dialogue about the intellectual, cultural, and economic potential of intersections of science, technology and creativity.
NSEAD will be a platform to support the burgeoning research community of Computer Scientists, Engineers, Artists and Designers engaged in integrative research and pedagogy across these disciplines. NSEAD will provide a bridge for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, industry liaisons, and resource providers to collaborate, share best practices in research and pedagogy, and build stronger affinities. It will serve as a junction for elements such as: 1) research community development; 2) collaboration and project matchmaking opportunities; 3) skills expertise referrals; 4) inter-institutional collaborations; 5) forums to share best practices in pre-K to gray STEM learning and creative enrichment; and 6) strategies for network leadership and resource sustainability.