NASAA Notes: May 2016

May 2, 2016

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Science Festival

© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

The Wisconsin Science Festival is an annual statewide celebration of the curiosity and creativity at the core of both the scientific and artistic methods. The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) is one of the founders of the festival, which manifests many of the agency’s values, such as fostering imagination, community engagement and a broad understanding of the arts. WAB helped establish the program—which in 2015 included 300 separate events around Madison and the rest of Wisconsin—because it recognized that scientists and artists are partners in understanding our world and improving our lives. The agency’s idea for a statewide fete of the interdisciplinary power and necessity of creativity grew from Wisconsin’s 2008 participation in the inaugural class of the National Endowment for the Arts Education Leaders Institute (ELI). The 2016 edition of the Wisconsin Science Festival, taking place in October, will feature interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers addressing eight themes, including Arts and Culture, Get Your Hands Wet and Talk Nerdy to Me. For more information, contact WAB Executive Director George Tzougros.
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