We are in a new age of invention. The tools for creating and sharing art and design are more accessible than ever. This accessibility is exciting because the group of people who can identify and be seen as artists and inventors is more diverse than it’s ever been. This diversity is important because we face complex social, economic, and environmental issues, and we need artists and inventors with diverse points of view to address these issues.
So here we are in the 21st century: we’ve got kids that code, moms with 3D printers, retirees writing how-to blogs. They’re fired up and ready to go. The tricky part is is that this new diversity is more challenging than the old and familiar homogeneity. We can’t just put a diverse group of people in the room and expect magic to happen. We need to pause for a minute and think about and articulate new guidelines for engagement.
Art & Invention is a place to explore ideas about creativity, diversity, collaboration, and resilience. It’s a place to articulate personal and collaborative challenges and then brainstorm on ways to push through them. It’s a place to talk about complex social, economic, and environmental issues that need our attention. Finally, Art & Invention is a place to help you bring out the best in you and inspire you to bring out the best in others so that we can get to work on the important stuff.
Xanthe Matychak is a designer and educator and a business and technology mentor. She has shared her work at SxSW Interactive, MIT Fab Foundation, The White House OSTP, World Makerfaire, and Sabic Academy in Riyadh. She lives in Ithaca, NY.
xanthe dot matychak at gmail dot com