When the Every Student Succeeds Act became law in December, advocates of arts education cheered. The federal definition of a well-rounded K-12 education now specifically includes the arts. What’s more, an amendment to the act turns STEM into STEAM, adding the A for Art to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education and expanding opportunities for integrated programs.
“This means money,” says John Maeda, a big thinker in technology, design, and education, and one of the first to advocate for the shift from STEM to STEAM as an economic imperative. “When you have access to capital,” he says, “you get to do all kinds of stuff. I hope teachers take the money and find new connections” between the arts and STEM fields.
Maeda’s own career has been a case study in cross-disciplinary creativity, taking him from computer science at the MIT Media Lab to the global art world to the presidency of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He currently works in venture capital, advising business start-ups on design.
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