Over the past decade or so, the American education system has increasingly emphasized science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM education. Also over the past decade, pushback to this movement has come from arts advocates wanting to insert an “A” for arts education into STEM, creating STEAM, which advocates say is not only more engaging for students but also includes so-called left and right brain thinking in the process. A new exhibit involving roughly 30 high school students from The Community School in Spokane tests this hypothesis, showcasing the integration of art and poetry into instruction in chemistry. The wide range of artworks respond to the question: How can we use a deep understanding of atoms, molecules and chemical reactions to communicate their beauty abstractly?
Art Romances & Molecular Dances • Dec. 2-30; Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm • Free • Chase Gallery • 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • spokanearts.org • 509-321-9416
— Carrie Scozzaro