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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.

State of the Arts


Yesterday President John Maeda (center) spoke at the Rhode Island Arts Charrette, an event organized by the RI General Assembly to look at the impact of the arts on local economic development.

The president is shown here with fellow leaders and presenters (from l–r) RISCA Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum, Governor Lincoln Chafee, RI Foundation President Neil Steinberg, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Fidelity Investments Curator Carol Warner.

RI’s Speaker of the House Gordon Fox also addressed the forum, which focused on ways Rhode Island can foster growth and more jobs in the arts, work with nonprofits, business, government and academic institutions to support a thriving arts sector and essentially “become a State of the Arts.”