Science Learning for Resilient Cities: An Update from Indianapolis as a Living Laboratory

April 3, 2015

Test Installation of Mary Miss protoype Pleasant Run

In Mid-March Fiona P. McDonald traveled to Indianapolis for one of NewKnowledge’s National Science Foundation-funded projects. She visited with project team members from Butler University, Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, as well as community leaders. While there, McDonald participated in a mock-installation of Mary Miss’s artwork at Pleasant Run, one of the project’s six waterway sites. A central part of the project features artists – including dancers, poets, and musicians – who integrate science into their work. This project is central to NewKnowledge’s mission to participate in research that fosters an equitable society that sustains itself in harmony with the biosphere. Deep in the second year of this project, the research team is looking at how artists use more works of dance, poetry, music, and visual art to interpret science content along Indianapolis’s waterways.

Photos credit: Test Installation of Mary Miss’s prototype work at Pleasant Run site. Photo by Fiona P. McDonald. 2015.