Artists and designers will have six funded internships at governmental
and non-profit organizations, including NPR Science, Mayo Clinic, City of
Providence, National Defense University, and GlobeMed,
critical role of artists and designers in innovation.
students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have been awarded the
Maharam STEAM Fellowship in Applied Art and Design. In recognition of
RISD's commitment to revealing the impact that artists and designers can
have on a broad range of fields, the New York-based textile company Maharam
has generously funded these fellowship opportunities for RISD students for
the coming five years, beginning Summer 2012.
The Maharam STEAM
Fellowship in Applied Art and Design provides stipends of up to 5000 USD
each for select internships with a government agency or nonprofit
organization. The accepted proposals, submitted in early 2012, were each
uniquely designed by students to focus on highlighting and strengthening
the role of visually acute critical thinkers and problem solvers in helping
to improve public policy and tackle large social issues.
is supporting this new fellowship program because, like RISD, they believe
in the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from the
combination of art and design with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math)—that STEM + Art = STEAM. Both believe that long-term
societal embrace of the arts and design will create a future that is both
culturally and economically vibrant.
The 2012 recipients of the
Maharam STEAM Fellowship in Applied Art and Design are:
Ayodhya Ouditt, RISD 2013 Industrial Design: NPR
Olivia Foss, RISD 2012 Masters' Industrial Design:
National Defense University, STAR-TIDES.
RISD 2014 Architecture: City of Providence.
Escobar, RISD 2013 Industrial Design: City of Providence.
Samantha Dempsey, RISD 2013 Illustration: Mayo Clinic
Center for Innovation.
Andreas Nicholas, RISD 2013 Film,
Animation and Video: GlobeMed.
Learn more about the
fellows' internships and follow their experiences here.
These students are entering arenas rarely seen by art and design
students, and have the opportunity to effect real change in policy and
practice in local and global organizations and communities. As part of the
program, fellows will blog about their experiences throughout the summer
and will make a final report to Maharam about the value of their
internships and learned outcomes.
"Maharam believes that
creativity demonstrated through the arts and design will play an
increasingly critical role in America's ongoing efforts to remain a
dominant global force through both culture and commerce, and that, given
the realities of available funding and the politics associated with it,
private sector participation in fostering this infusion is vital," says
Michael Maharam, the company's CEO.
"This is a fantastic and
rare opportunity for art and design students to bring their creative
talents to problem-solving on a broader scale as critical thinkers and
makers, thanks to Maharam," notes Greg Victory, director of RISD's
Center. "By designing their own internships, students will be
able to pursue the areas that interest them most as they explore the ways
art and design thinking can impact real-world problems."
RISD/Maharam partnership supports the college's broader STEM
to STEAM initiative, which emphasizes the importance of adding
Art to a national agenda focused on STEM education (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math). Under the leadership of President John Maeda, RISD has
launched a series of partnerships and collaborations designed to champion
the role of artists and designers in global innovation.
Fellowship program provides students an opportunity to make an impact where
our country needs it the most. Michael Maharam is a visionary of textiles
but also of the transformation of our culture. His unusual ability to not
just spot trends but create them is exemplified by his support of this
program," says Maeda.
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