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RISD STEAM Congressional Briefing

Rhode Island School of Design

Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

RISD STEAM Congressional Briefing

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Rhode Island School of Design in cooperation with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Aaron Schock, Co-Chairs of the Congressional STEAM Caucus presents:


S T E M   t o   S T E A M

A briefing on changing the vocabulary of education to include both art and science—and their intersections—to prepare our next generation of innovators to lead the 21st-century economy.


                 February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215  
Washington, D.C. 
The speaking agenda will include presentations by RISD President John Maeda; Joyce Ward, Education Coordinator, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Eric Siegal, Director and Chief Content Officer, New York Hall of Science; and Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts.

Refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 8, 2013.




For more information about the briefing please contact:

Babette Allina                                                  
Director of Government Relations                          
Rhode Island School of Design


For more information on the STEAM Caucus please contact:

Carly Katz                                                  

Legislative Assistant                          
Representative Suzanne Bonamici's Office





STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM.

Access to ever-increasing data sets, complex scientific discovery, and always-on devices have left us oversaturated with information. 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. This will keep America at the forefront of innovation, ensuring our sustained global leadership and cultural prosperity in the 21st century.


STEM + Art = S T E M.





Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Recently ranked #1 in Business Insider's survey of The World's 25 Best Design Schools, approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor's or master's degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors.

RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning—one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world.

Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced "RIZ-dee") and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit or

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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215

Washington, DC

Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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Rhode Island School of Design

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.

The STEM to STEAM initiative, championed by RISD President John Maeda, is supported by teachers, researchers, policy makers, students, and businesspeople from RISD and beyond. At the heart of the activity, a team of student research assistants work in the Office of Government Relations to apply their firsthand knowledge of Art + Design education to explore new avenues for STEM to STEAM.

For more information, please contact:

Babette Allina

Director of Government Relations

Rhode Island School of Design


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