Leonardo Organizational Members

The Leonardo Organizational Member Program provides a collaborative environment where leaders from top-ranked universities and independent nonprofits in the cross-disciplinary field of art, science and technology can interface and share best practices, research and opportunities with their peers across institutional boundaries. Find out more

Cyland Founded in 2007, CYLAND MediaLab is a nonprofit project dedicated to expanding the intersection of art and technology through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming through support of emerging and established artists. CYLAND’s individual exhibits across Germany, England, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA, and other countries have provided high profile opportunities for many talents to have work seen, promoted, and at times acquired.

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences sponsors exhibitions, the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous salon, theatrical readings, and other events that explore relationships among the arts and sciences. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and -- with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine -- provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. www.cpnas.org

York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) is part of one of Canada's largest and leading research universities, located in Toronto, the country's cultural and economic capital. A premier destination for professional education across the arts, the School is an incubator for creative talent to ignite bold new ideas, invent transformative experiences, and devise innovative solutions for global challenges. Known for its pioneering programs, AMPD offers its 3000+ undergraduate and graduate students and 250+ faculty members an exceptional environment for experimentation and discovery across and beyond artistic disciplines, engaging emerging technologies and embracing intersections with engineering, business, law, science, education and health. Through its experiential curriculum and ground-breaking research initiatives such as the DisPerSion Lab and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology, AMPD fosters an entrepreneurial, collaborative culture that encourages the development of thought leaders and agents of change in the world.

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, offers one of the most diverse and comprehensive ranges of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research degrees in art and design in the UK. The MA Art and Science offers a structured opportunity to investigate the contemporary and historical context of art and science, embracing the spectrum of inquiry, interaction, and creative endeavour. The course explores research and practice across diverse disciplinary fields and interrogates the social and cultural implications of discovery and invention. We welcome applications from across the art and science spectrum. www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/

Media Design Practices/Lab+Field at Art Center College of Design is an interdisciplinary design MFA program grounded in media and technology. Their mission is to educate designers not for the world as it is, but as it is becoming, and to think hard about what it means to use their participants’ agency as designers to make the world as they may want it to be. To take this on, Media Design Practices offers two tracks: Lab and Field. Each track prepares students to work in emerging roles and contexts for design. Lab students explore the cultural impact of new ideas from science, technology and culture, while field students tackle social issues in international settings.

Tracing its heritage to 1743, the University of Delaware, based in Newark, Del., combines a rich legacy in undergraduate and graduate education with the latest in advanced technology. State-assisted and privately governed, UD has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of society. UD has an enrollment of more than 21,000 students and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity, a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. The University has seven colleges, more than 70 research centers and interdisciplinary institutes, and prominent programs focusing on agriculture and natural resources, arts and sciences, business and economics, engineering, earth and ocean science, education and human development, and health sciences.

The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts offers undergraduate and graduate studies in Performer-Composer (BFA, MFA & DMA), Composition including Experimental Sound Practices (BFA & MFA), Jazz (BFA & MFA), InstrumentalArts: Winds, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Harp, Piano/Keyboard and Strings (BFA & MFA), VoiceArts (BFA & MFA), World Music Performance: African Music and Dance (MFA), Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance (MFA), North Indian Music (MFA), World Music (BFA) and World Percussion (MFA), Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design (BFA & MFA) and Musical Arts (BFA). All interact in a lively, interdisciplinary atmosphere guided by principles of artistic excellence, experimentation, critical reflection and independent inquiry. Students work alongside faculty to explore new musical possibilities and contribute to the evolution of music practice as composers, performers, developers and producers who will help shape the global musical landscape of tomorrow.

The Polytech.Science.Art program of the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia, is dedicated to one of the most significant phenomenon of contemporary culture: interdisciplinary collaboration between artists, scientists and technology specialists. The program launched in 2014 with a series of workshops and lectures embracing such scientific disciplines as information technology, neurobiology, physics, psychoacoustics and others. Program experts help to formulate comprehensive ideas on the synthesis of science, art and technology as an artistic method; they also provide a space for innovation, where they present art projects demonstrating scientific and technological approaches and innovative methods. All Polytech.Science. Art projects are based in the research and interaction of science, art and technology International experts and local participants, and collaboration results are not only of artistic, but also theoretical significance. In the coming years, the program will be developed through artist-in-residence programs, exhibitions, conferences, and public and professional events.

The mission of the Beall Center is to support research and exhibitions that explore new relationships between the arts, sciences, and engineering, and thus, promote new forms of creation and expression using digital technologies. The Beall Center aspires to redefine the museum/gallery experience, both in content and form, formulating answers to the questions of how technology can be used effectively, not only to create new forms of art, but also to connect artist to artist, and artist with audience.

Since 2005, Digicult has been a cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and sciences on the arts, design, culture and contemporary society. Digicult is based on the active participation of over 50 professionals that represent an national and international wide network of journalists, critics, curators, artists, theorists, and professionals. Digicult was born to give voice and visibility to a new generation of interdisciplinary authors, expand their circuits into an international context, and simultaneously break the existing inflexible publishing rules of the press by exploiting potentialities of the Web and its free networks in order to grow, to survive and to spread. Currently, Digicult's main activity is the collection and publication of news of events, festivals, meetings, workshops and exhibitions at the international level, announcements and calls for artists, researchers and professionals, book publications, presentations of artistic and research projects.

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture. The CSPA views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure. Seeing itself as evolved out of the principles of the 1987 Brundtland Report and 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the CSPA aligns itself with the policies of Agenda 21 for Culture as a resource to artists and art organizations. The CSPA’s activities include research and initiatives positioning arts and culture as a driver of a sustainable society. Their activities include: publication of the CSPA Quarterly periodical, research Initiatives with strategic partners, distributing information online and through social networks, creating and sharing tools,  convening and conducting convergences and workshops on sustainable arts practices.

eDream (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media) Institute is dedicated to promoting arts that are conceived, created, and conveyed through digital technologies to reimagine creative productions, technologies, expressions, and their potential for positive impact on our communities and cultures. Founded in January 2009 at the University of Illinois by the Office of the Provost to serve as an international center for envisioning and practicing the emerging digital arts, eDream draws upon the University's strength as a leader in science and engineering, as well as its internationally recognized faculty and programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. eDream brings together artists, scholars, and technical innovators from many disciplines and diverse perspectives to realize the dream of arts futures in present practice. eDream also conducts active research programs, contributes to significant creative productions, and fosters new academic programming. eDream captures the energy of the twenty-first century Information Revolution, a historic moment when the arts, sciences, humanities, and engineering are converging to create digital arts media, and these digital arts media are transforming the ways in which we discover, invent, record, advocate, share, and express ourselves across the globe.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP) is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. Its mission is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the Program is situated. DRAP strives to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations. As stewards of a unique and beautiful property located in Woodside, on the San Francisco Peninsula, DRAP also seeks to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment.

Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University is Canada's "university of the imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

Beyond merely a "multidisciplinary" or "interdisciplinary" scope, the Art & Technology program (ATEC) at University of Texas, Dallas encourages the productive convergence of disparate fields and modes of thinking. It joins science with the humanities, creativity with technology, theory with practice, and learning with research. There are no maps showing the way, just students with diverse interests, talents, and a skewed way of looking at the ever-changing world. Students master emerging tools, form unexpected relationships, collaborate, and create the future.

The Master of Fine Arts in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a unique program in the creative use of sound that goes well beyond the boundaries of a typical program in visual art, music, or multimedia. Students may pursue the creation and recording of audio work; the composition of music in numerous genres; live performance, improvisation, and audio installation; the integration of sound in other media, such as video, film, performance, and web-based art; designing and building software and hardware instruments; live and recorded electroacoustic music; and the use of distribution technologies such as radio, internet, and others.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Caldas, in Colombia, intends to develop academic processes aimed at providing an educational service with quality criteria, so that through a holistic concept of the individual humanities, that create science, arts and technology for the service of society, for the development of the society and the consolidation of a national identity. The School has major strengths in the research of arts, design, philosophy and educational studies, we work on academic programs in fields such as visual arts, performing arts, music, philosophy, modern languages, literature, educational research and visual design, creating spaces for cultural and academic projection for creating a dynamic interrelation in art, science and technology in the region and the country. It is of great interest to University of Caldas to carry out work between the institutions to achieve the proposed targets.

The Arizona State University Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is a center for learning, innovation and creative research that brings national and international art and artists to the Phoenix AZ area while also supporting local artists and their work. A leader in multiple fields, including digital art, social residency and social practice as an agent of change, the museum models an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to art, often by engaging the public directly in the process.

The Art | Sci Center at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is dedicated to pursuing and promoting the evolving "Third Culture" by facilitating the infinite potential of collaborations between (media) arts and (bio/nano) sciences. The center's affiliation with the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) offers access to cutting edge researchers and their laboratories and a dedicated gallery for exhibitions. Here too the center hosts the Sci|Art NanoLab Summer Institute for high school students by introducing them to the vast possibilities in the quantum field of artscience for the present/future generations. In cooperation with CNSI, the UCLA School of the Arts and the Department of Design | Media Arts, the Art | Sci Center supports visiting research scholars, and artists in residency from around the world. The center hosts lectures, mixers, and symposia to bring artists and scientists together in order to mesh these cultures and inspire individuals to think about art and science as already interrelated and relevant to our society.

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was founded in 2013 to emphasize the creative "catalytic role" that faculty will play at Institute exhibitions linked to teaching and learning on campus, offering a series of starting points for student research. Plans for the center include research residencies and a seminar space with room for 120 people. Founding director John Weber envisions the Institute as a center of dynamic programming that supports, engages, and exhibits collaborative, cutting-edge research. The Institute looks forward to the groundbreaking of an innovative public space that will further its rigorous program of art projects, lecture series, and publications, and will  function as a gathering place committed to new learning experiences that challenge perceptions of the arts, sciences, and their relationships to the world. http://arts.ucsc.edu/institute

As the largest of the five schools at The University of San Francisco (USF), the College of Arts and Sciences is at the center of undergraduate life. All undergraduates take several classes through the College to meet core requirements. In keeping with the USF mission, ethical learning is encouraged through service projects, interdisciplinary programs, and study abroad opportunities. The College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate programs that provide knowledge, training and experience in 15 unique fields. With a commitment to a more humane and just world, USF graduate students forge academic and professional connections that last a lifetime. The major in Philosophy enables students to address contemporary philosophical questions and also to study how they have been treated historically in both western and non-western philosophies.Through its curriculum and research opportunities, the Environmental Science program provides students with a strong scientific and technological background for understanding and addressing the environmental challenges we face. With accomplished faculty, small studio classes, and an innovative focus on social justice and community engagement, the Department of Art + Architecture holds unique appeal among educational institutions in the Bay Area. http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/

Pomona College offers approximately 1,500 students--evenly divided between men and women--a comprehensive curriculum in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. With a student-faculty ratio of eight to one, students have the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with professors who are also top scholars in their fields. Students and faculty challenge each other in laboratories, classrooms, and co-curricular activities. As the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven independent institutions on adjoining campuses, Pomona offers its students the personal experience of a small, academically superb liberal arts college and the breadth of resources normally associated with major universities.

Plymouth University’s School of Art and Media offers high quality, student-centred degrees, postgraduate programmes and research opportunities focussed on adaptability and relevance to today’s cultural industries.The School of Art and Media covers subjects across Digital Art and Technology, Fine Art, Graphic Communication with Typography, Illustration, Media Arts and Photography, with degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) level. These high-quality student-centred degrees prepare for the challenges and opportunities that arise in these fast-moving cultural industries.

The Minerva Foundation is a US-based non-profit, scientific and charitable foundation headquartered in Berkeley, California. It works to promote research in neuroscience, specifically on original and challenging approaches to the study of the visual brain. The foundation was named after Minerva, the Roman goddess of, among other things, wisdom and medicine. Minerva Foundation is exclusively for fostering research in neuroscience, and has three major activities, namely the awarding of the Gold Brain, The International Conference on Neuroesthetics and the Minerva House Visiting Scholar Residency Program.

Creativity and Cognition Studios (CCS) is an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary environment for the advancement and understanding of practice in digital media and the arts. It provides nationally and internationally recognised artists and technologists with a space in which to collaborate, experiment and create, as equal partners, in practice-based research. CCS is committed to disseminating its results internationally through research publications, exhibitions, the co-ordination of an international conference series and through the provision of high quality postgraduate education.

The mission of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program at the University of California, Davis, is to bring the creative energies of the arts and the sciences into a mixture that catalyzes change and innovation in learning for people of all ages. Described by E.O. Wilson as “a spearhead for future creative work in the intellectual borderland,” the Art/Science Fusion Program is a portal into a new creative territory in which people observe the world around them with fresh eyes, testing their ideas and transforming those ideas into new concepts and new insights. The program is a collaboration among design faculty, science faculty, museum educators, professional artists, UC Davis students and community members. The program revolves around a teaching and learning model in which lectures or workshops combine concepts and site-specific contexts with hands-on experience with artistic media. http://artsciencefusion.ucdavis.edu

Since mid-2008, the Multimedia Engineering Program at the Universidad Autonoma de Occidente in Cali, Colombia and the research group in telematics and informatics GITI have been researching interdisciplinary studies in various areas such as: virtual reality, telemedicine, augmented reality, tangible interaction and computer graphics. Based on its technology infrastructure, the program is recognized as one of the most important and innovative programs in new media and engineering in Latin America.

Founded in 2008, the Multimedia Engineering program of the San Buenaventura University in Cali, Colombia, is one of the most innovative undergraduate programs in Latin America. Honoring its strong interdisciplinary focus, it combines courses in engineering, design and communication. Over the course of nine semesters, the program explores from theoretical and practical perspectives, the fields of digital and interactive arts, video game design, mobile application design (Apple developers and others), educational software, animation, web and digital production services. The program has also a permanent compromise in promoting Cali and Southwestern Colombia as a destination of research and development in multimedia technologies.

For over two decades The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) has provided leadership and support to media artists and creative practitioners pursuing innovative projects in Australia and beyond. ANAT’s programs include immersive cross-disciplinary residencies, professional development labs, online research tools, publications, seminars and workshops. ANAT operates at the cross roads of academia, culture and business, pursuing transdisciplinary research and development relationships that involve creativity across technology, science and the arts. ANAT is an expert facilitator, diplomatically ensuring successful partnerships across this diverse network while always pursuing the best outcomes for creative practitioners. ANAT has aided innovation, from enabling artists to impact significantly on digital media development through to ground-breaking methods of ensuring successful cross-disciplinary research in scientific and technological labs. Navigating a path to the future, ANAT promotes creative practitioners as leaders, whose voice impacts culture, community and the economy. ANAT gives these creative practitioners the freedom to pursue their unbounded curiosity across disciplines and in so doing enabling them to impact every aspect of our lives.

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Update 1 July 2016