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The Rise of Science-Focused Artist Residencies—And How to Take Part

October 4, 2017

By Conor Risch

© Shaun O’Boyle

While a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers program in 2015, Shaun O’Boyle photographed a grounded iceberg in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The series he made on the trip was shown recently at the Berkshire Museum. Program director Valentine Kass says NSF offers “a way to increase the public understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and the importance of the scientific work going on there.”

You’ve probably heard of the push to emphasize Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education for today’s youth. There’s also an effort to add an A for art to the acronym (STEAM) as more educators realize that art and design can be a catalyst for innovation in the sciences. In a related development, a growing number of science labs, schools...

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