June 9, 2011


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room (2168)
Washington DC


The speaking agenda will include a presentation by RISD President John Maeda


Space is limited.
Please RSVP to Matthew Bengochea: [email protected] / 401-454-6743 by June 17
For more information, please contact Kirtley Fisher in Representative Langevin’s office: [email protected] / 202-225-2735


About STEAM: America’s ongoing focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as an essential component of national innovation needs art and design to gain STEAM. STEM + Art = STEAM. Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. The studio method that is the hallmark of arts education teaches the flexible thinking and risk-taking that is needed in today’s complex and dynamic world.  The tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnership, introducing innovative practices of design thinking into STEM education and research. To realize this potential, scientists, artists and designers must develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education.


About RISD: Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent college of art and design in the United States. Today, with more than 26,000 alumni, RISD enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from the U.S. and almost 50 countries, offering degree programs in the fine arts, architecture, design disciplines and art education. Academic programs include research and design initiatives, the exploration of art criticism and contemporary cultural concerns, as well as international exchange programs. Each year hundreds of prominent artists, designers, critics and cultural leaders visit RISD’s Providence campus.


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