Art and Science Fusion a Natural Fit at Cape Breton University

From November 16 – 18, educators, academics, students, organizations and community members interested in the creative economy will come together at Cape Breton University to collaborate and celebrate ArtSci STEAM.

While STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics; art is rapidly being incorporated into educational science practices as a way of creative learning, known as STEAM.

The Mi’kmaq guiding principle of Two-Eyed Seeing, which brings together Indigenous knowledge and Western science will shape the discussion of how we can more holistically integrate scientific inquiry and creative expression.

Intrigued by the concept? Get involved!

Cape Breton Yeast Workshop
When: Thursday, November 16, 1- 4 p.m. in A-119 (Biology Department)

What: Cape Breton Yeast Workshop, led by Dr. Jennifer Willet, explores post-industrial ecology with some basic microbiology techniques. Participants will come away from the workshop with a better understanding of the role the arts can play in shaping and reflecting environmental values.
Where: CBU Biology Department

ArtSci Gallery Exhibition
When: Exhibition Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 17, open to ArtSci STEAM Conference participants November 18 and runs through to February 2, 2018
What: Featuring works by Jordan Bennett, Elizabeth Goluch and Jennifer Willet; one interesting exhibit you won’t want to miss is Jennifer’s musical organ creation that cultivates algae while making music – oh yes, and it’s towed around by a bicycle!
Where: CBU Art Gallery

ArtSci STEAM Conference
When: Saturday, November 18,  8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
What: The conference ties together the intersection of art and science, and the Mi’kmaq guiding principle of Two-Eyed Seeing, which brings together Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Our keynote speaker is Andrew Pelling, a dynamic TED speaker and self-confessed dumpster diver who makes super robots out of discarded CD drives and human ears out of McIntosh Apples. You will be welcomed to the conference by Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall, and the day is filled with a wonderful line up of speakers, including artists, from across Canada – Gerald Gloade, Elizabeth Goluch, Sally McKay, Jennifer Willet, Jordan Bennett, Alan Syliboy and Mireille Bourgeois.

To register please visit eventbrite.

This project was made possible with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Cape Breton University and The Lumiére Arts Festival Association.