Connecting Science and Art for Effective Community Engagement

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In order to develop a scientific enterprise that benefits everyone, scientists must engage with the communities their work impacts and serves. While public engagement with science occurs through a variety of avenues, such as museums, national parks, and makerspaces, developing strong, lasting connections between scientists and the communities in which they live and work remains challenging. Increasingly, scientists have begun to recognize the value of leveraging art in their outreach efforts. After all, science and art have a lot in common - they both involve creativity and communicating with others. The arts can go beyond traditional science communication by serving as a useful tool to reach broader audiences and build emotional connections. The panelists showcased in this event lead local community engagement at the intersection of art and science, not only using art as a medium to educate about science, but also to empower citizens to take evidence-based action.


Kathryn Semmends, PhD

Science Director
Nurture Nature Center

Narges Mahyar, PhD

Asst. Professor
UMass Amherst

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, PhD

Artist, Biohacker, and Educator


 May 19, 2022 , 4:00 PM ET
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