Jon McCormack, "Eden" (detail), interactive evolutionary ecosystem, 2000--2004. (copyright: Jon McCormack)
Overview: Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through our programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. From its beginnings, Leonardo/ISAST has served as THE virtual community for purposes of networking, resource-sharing, best practices, research and events in Art/Science/Technology.
Leonardo serves as critical content provider through our Publications Program—scholarly journals published by MIT Press (Leonardo and LMJ), the Leonardo Book Series (MIT Press), as well as the Leonardo family of websites and experimental projects on evolving digital platforms.
Through our Engagement Programs, we connect with the community through Art/Science/Technology initiatives, ranging from workshops and events such as the popular LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series to programs for educators and students. Our Affiliates are our key partners in these activities. (See our Programs page for more detail on programs and projects.)
Our Mission: The critical challenges of the 21st century require mobilization and cross- fertilization among the domains of art, science and technology. Leonardo/ISAST fosters collaborative explorations both nationally and internationally by facilitating interdisciplinary projects and documenting and disseminating information about interdisciplinary practice.
Vision Statement: Leonardo creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas between practitioners in art, science and technology. Through publications, initiatives and public forums, Leonardo/ISAST facilitates cross-disciplinary research in these fields, seeking to catalyze fruitful solutions for the challenges of the 21st century. Among the challenges requiring cross-disciplinary approaches are establishing sustainable environmental practices, spreading global scientific and artistic literacy, creating technological equity, and encouraging freedom of thought and imagination. By enhancing communication between scientists, artists, and engineers, Leonardo supports experimental projects and interacts with established institutions of art and science to transform their research and educational practices.
Leonardo/ISAST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The activities of Leonardo/ISAST are supported by grants and donations from organizations and individuals. Donations are tax deductible in the United States.
Updated 1 May 2016