The United States looks to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future yet innovation is perceived as tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to turn STEM into STEAM.


STEAM is a movement championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and adopted widely by institutions, corporations, and individuals.

The objectives of the STEAM movement are:

Transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
Encourage integration of Art + Design in K-20 education
Influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation

Learn more about the STEM to STEAM initiative.

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