Future Arts Forward Conference in San Jose, California

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“A comprehensive utopia may be out of reach, but the effort to realize it shapes the world for the better all the same. The belief may not be true, but it is useful. Belief makes the world.” - Rebecca Solnit

As part of the Studio for the Future of Arts and Culture class that I'm in, we were lucky enough to visit to San Jose, CA and attend the Future Arts Forward Conference hosted by the Center for Cultural Innovation. It was centered around discussing generational, cultural, and economic changes that are impacting the arts. Using a futurist-oriented convening format, we considered what we know about the past and the present to generate long-term scenarios for the future. 

"How will the field respond to create vibrant new pathways to participate in for-profit, non-profit, civic, and social projects as a way for those in the arts to not only sustain themselves but to thrive?"

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A visit to the Tech Museum of Innovation bumped us into many interactive exhibits around science, genetics, music, health, mapping, space, and more. 

 Robot programmed to spell out text entered into a computer with tangible, toy blocks.

Robot programmed to spell out text entered into a computer with tangible, toy blocks.

 Robot programmed to draw your portrait based on a photo taken by the computer.

Robot programmed to draw your portrait based on a photo taken by the computer.

 Science can be poetic. These sentences were generated by a building block apparatus to illustrate how cells split, regenerate, and navigate various organic systems.

Science can be poetic. These sentences were generated by a building block apparatus to illustrate how cells split, regenerate, and navigate various organic systems.