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Here are the results for the tactile feedback exercise that participants responded to at the end of our symposium. The results are clear: and we're glad so many participants felt they now can integrate some of what we covered in the session into their own work. 



In case it's hard to read the text:

First question: My level of understanding on how to engage artists in infrastructure education prior to this session: [scale of 0 (I have no idea) - 10 (I am an expert on this topic)]

Second question: My level of understanding on how to engage artists in infrastructure education after  this session: [scale of 0 (I have no idea) - 10 (I am an expert on this topic)]

Third question: I will use the information I learned in this session in my own work. [scale of 0 (not likely) - 10 (significantly)]



Symposium Delivered (and Reslience Tested!)

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Today we delivered our symposium "Artists as Partners in Infrastructure Education" at the the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) 2018: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: January 23-25, 2018, Washington, D.C.

It was a close call, testing the panel's resilience to weather and technology challenges. With over a foot of snow at the Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport delaying flights, two of our panelists, Shanai Matteson and Cathy Abene couldn't get their flights rescheduled in time and joined the symposium via video, to join Jonee Brigham, Arlene Birt, and Anna Eleria in DC.

Thanks to the participants who came to our session, we had a lively discussion about the practice of engaging artists in infrastructure and science work, and discussed challenges and questions. "How do artists' roles get funded on these projects?" We discussed multiple models, including building time for artists into capital improvemen…

Countdown to the Conference

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Five members of our project team will head out, Monday, January 22nd to attend and present a panel symposium at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) 2018: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: January 23-25, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Artists as Partners in Infrastructure Education
Abstract: In order to transition to a sustainable future, we need to imagine beyond the way we see things today. Much of the public does not even think about infrastructure, taking it for granted. It is invisible. Artists can and have opened up new ways of seeing and interacting with the public as well as infrastructure professionals. This Symposium, gathers artists and professionals in infrastructure to present innovative projects and discuss the challenges of engaging the public in in an area often seen as backstage material for our lives, if seen at all. The group will discuss the role of interdisciplinary teams, including artists in imagining …