Linking art and science for positive environmental change

Designing Innovative Art/Science Programming

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Working with the UCSC Norris Center for Natural History to develop arts and science programming, we aim to create and implement art opportunities within the sciences at UC Santa Cruz and nearby communities.  This involves building art/science curriculum, art residencies within the science department, as well as developing and offering a new course in natural history illustration.  We have built a unique curriculum that brings scientists into the classroom to share their research and study systems with artists, who work with them to create meaningful illustrations and diagrams.  Outcomes from this work have included collaborative art/science residencies at the Norris Center, multiple student art shows and sales, use of student art in science talks, multiple field guides, natural history themed  artist workshops, and multi-day science themed artstravaganza! events.