The medium is the arts; the message is the joys of science. The performing arts are being used to make science and technology accessible, relevant, and exciting in ways that provide both scientific content and significant artistic values. Since many societal issues - medicine, global warming, the environment and energy - have a major scientific component, it is essential for public policy making in a democracy that citizens be informed and engaged, not least in the ethical considerations that often drive policy. The performance series Science and the Arts has been developed and tested at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in mid-Manhattan for more than five years, see http://web.gc.cuny.edu/sciart/. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently acknowledged our accomplishments in science outreach by awarding the Graduate Center a major grant in the field of science and the arts. The purpose of the grant is focused on implementing the development of science outreach programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our extensive science and the arts outreach projects will be described, as well as the author’s role in producing two musical versions of a play, Einstein’s Dreams, based on the novel by Alan Lightman, in Lisbon, Portugal and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Increasingly, science outreach through the arts is becoming an international venture.

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Informing the citizenry and students through public outreach programs making use of science and the arts

Brian Schwartz   The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA

Adrienne Klein   The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA

Linda Merman   The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA

The medium is the arts; the message is the joys of science. The performing arts are being used to make science and technology accessible, relevant, and exciting in ways that provide both scientific content and significant artistic values. Since many societal issues - medicine, global warming, the environment and energy - have a major scientific component, it is essential for public policy making in a democracy that citizens be informed and engaged, not least in the ethical considerations that often drive policy. The performance series Science and the Arts has been developed and tested at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in mid-Manhattan for more than five years, see http://web.gc.cuny.edu/sciart/. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently acknowledged our accomplishments in science outreach by awarding the Graduate Center a major grant in the field of science and the arts. The purpose of the grant is focused on implementing the development of science outreach programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our extensive science and the arts outreach projects will be described, as well as the author’s role in producing two musical versions of a play, Einstein’s Dreams, based on the novel by Alan Lightman, in Lisbon, Portugal and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Increasingly, science outreach through the arts is becoming an international venture.

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