Arts Integration

Hot Links | Math and Music | STEAM Power for Indy | Design Powered Innovation | The Arrival of AI

All musicans are subconsciously mathematicians
— Thelonious Monk


Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

A late, transcendent discovery from 2017: Josh Jones on the mathematics of music in Open Culture.

The Indiana-based Lilly Endowment is offering grants up to $10 million for ideas that will strengthen "Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation".

Forbes explores the relationship between triple bottom line design and successful innovation.

Take note: Oracle's CEO Safra Catz says that "AI is finally here."  With this in mind, we ask: how will we manage this in ways that meaningfully improve the circumstances of the planet and its people.




Hot Links | Changing the Landscape of Good Business | Rethinking Our Systems | Standing Up for the Human (Over the Machine)

Photo by Getty Images

Photo by Getty Images

Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are fueling our ideas and discussions this week.

The Guardian sounds the alarm about the tech sector's influence on urban development (focusing on Google’s Toronto project), with a reminder that "Cities are real places with real people who have a right not to live with whatever “smart solutions” an engineer or executive decides to unleash."

It is time that we eschew the status quo and transcend mere problem solving?  Robert Ransick makes the case for radical reinvention of our current systems and their underlying structures - led by artists, but incorporated into multi-disciplinary approaches.   

More reports on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence: a report on a machine that can learn without human intervention and Elon Musk's worries about those who would create "AI Gods".

Oh another note - who needs machines, when you have musicians? Pacific Standard shares research on the profound connection between musicality and memory.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that fewer people are donating to charity, and the influence of those who do donate is increasingly outsize.  Although this may alarm many non-profits, it may represent tremendous opportunity for social-minded entrepreneurship and human-centered innovations.

Independent Sector is aiming to amplify the influence of innovation in the social good sphere, through the creation of Upswell - a "SXSW of the social sector”.

Hot Links | Createquity on The Impact of the Arts and Culture

Arts participation contributes directly to quality of life by increasing self-reported happiness and life satisfaction.
— Createquity

Our Founder, Sacha Wynne, recently had the honor of collaborating with Createquity’s research and editorial teams on a few articles.  This includes a recently published feature article that explores the impact of participatory arts activities on the health and quality of life of older adults. 

From Createquity: 

With both the U.S. and global populations aging in unprecedented numbers, this article sheds light on the promise of participatory arts activities in alleviating some of the challenges that come with getting older, and the ever-growing need for creative aging. 

In particular, the evidence on participatory arts activities and the health and quality of life of older adults indicates that:

            • Singing improves mental health and subjective wellbeing (i.e., perceived quality of life)

            • Taking dance classes bolsters cognition and motor skills, and even lessens the likelihood of developing dementia later in life

            • Playing a musical instrument has myriad positive effects, including dementia risk reduction

            • Visual arts practice generates increases in social engagement, psychological health and self-esteem

Just how the arts benefit society is one of the most studied topics in arts research…[Createquity] has sought to determine how the arts contribute to or detract from wellbeing in various ways, and the strength of the evidence supporting each mechanism. 

This week, Createquity released another article and an infographic summarizing their findings to date.  Per Createquity, “this will be the world's first resource that not only depicts the state of evidence demonstrating the various benefits of the arts, but tracks shifts in that evidence base over time.”

We encourage you to explore the findings of these pivotal reports.

The WÆRK Team 

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