Natural Partners: John Maeda Advocates For Combining Arts & Science
As he recounts in this article (and his TED Talk) Maeda has seen the value of combining art and science firsthand in his own life. He has both an EECS from MIT and a PhD in classical design from Tsukuba University in Japan. He possesses an aptitude for both science and art. In all of his work, he strives to bridge the gap between the two disciplines; advocating for the collaborative potential that exists when they combine forces. He says that the cross-pollination of ideas between science and arts is extremely valuable in the research sector in particular.
That's why it's key to encourage these partnerships to form early on. "STEAM and arts integration are crucial in K-12 education," Maeda says, "engaging students in the STEM subjects and ensuring that creativity doesn’t fall by the wayside as we chase innovation." He fosters these relationships at RISD, and, played a vital role in the creation of The STEAM Caucus in The United States Government. In his popular keynotes, Maeda shows us that art and science have a lot in common. And, that we have a lot to gain by combining forces rather than working alone.