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Members of the RISD community were excited to be in Washington, DC last week when RISD co-hosted a briefing to launch a new Congressional STEAM Caucus (click on the photos above to see who’s who). The bipartisan group of Congressmen and women from 10 states will advocate for incorporating art and design into the national education agenda – an agenda that currently calls for renewed emphasis on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

President Maeda, who joined several other guests in addressing a standing-room-only crowd, reports being totally inspired by his visit to Capitol Hill.

You can view a video of the entire briefing if you’re interested and/or sign this petition in support of national recognition of the value of STEAM.

Full STEAM Ahead to Capitol Hill


This Thursday, February 14, RISD is co-hosting a STEM to STEAM briefing in Washington, DC in cooperation with US Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Aaron Schock, co-chairs of the Congressional STEAM Caucus.

You can still register to attend the Congressional briefing, which runs from 2–3 pm in the US Capitol Visitor Center, HVC Room 215.

Yesterday, at a Congressional hearing of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat/Oregon) invited a series of individuals to testify about the importance of adding Art to STEM education – a movement RISD is spearheading through its STEM to STEAM initiative.

Scroll forward to 3:50 to hear what former MIT President Charles Vest – who’s also president of the National Academy of Engineering – has to say about the intrinsic value of art and design to the type of research and innovation that takes place at an institution like MIT. He also references the Congressional STEAM briefing RISD is co-hosting a week from today in DC.

Stay tuned for more as RISD’s STEAM efforts unfold on the national stage!