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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NEA and Art and Science

Dear Colleagues, 

Last week, the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a conversation on our Art Works blog around the intersection of art, science, creativity, and innovation that featured posts by arts/science enthusiasts Roger MalinaMarina McDougallAndrea GroverWhitney Dail, and Bill O’Brien; and a podcast featuring author and Wired contributing editor Jonah Lehrer. The posts cover a range of subjects, from how creativity works to the nature of arts as a form of inquiry to the idea of using art-driven systems to better understand medical conditions, demonstrating the striking similarities between artist and scientist in their approach to understanding and interacting with our world.
The NEA is continuing the conversation with two additional art/science-themed events in June that are described below. We hope you will join us. If you are interested in learning more about how the NEA can support art/science projects in the future please join our mailing list by emailing us at

"TRANSCENDING BORDERS: The Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage"
On Monday, June 4 from 5 to 7 pm, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Hans Peter Manz, and Salzburg Global Seminar President Stephen Salyer will be hosting a series of panels at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC.

"Transcending Borders" is an international dialogue around the nexus of art, science, and technology in the 21st century. Today's artists and scientists improve our critical understanding of the world by provoking new ideas, experimentation, and creative strategies. This conversation will be moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley and will feature Gerfried Stocker from Ars Electronica with Joel Slayton from Zero1, the artist/scientist team of Liz Lerman and Drew Baden, Clare Shine from the Salzburg Global Seminar, and policy makers from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation. 
Space is limited and advance registration is required. To RSVP please visit
NEA Art/Science Webinar
The NEA supports art/science projects across all disciplines through our Art Works grants. Anyone interested in learning more about funding opportunities for art/science projects is invited to log on to a NEA webinar on June 14th at 3:00 pm EST. Agency representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Our next application deadline is on August, 9th.  
To join the webinar, go to and click "Enter as Guest." Type in your full name, and then click "Enter Room.” You can listen using your computer speakers or dial-in toll-free to 1-877-685-5350, participant code: 942738.
An archive will be posted Monday, June 18 in the "Podcasts, Webcasts, & Webinars" section of the NEA website.


Bill O'Brien | Senior Advisor for Program Innovation
National Endowment for the Arts | 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 628
Washington, DC 20506 | 202 682 5550 |

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