Mayor Menino and the Cloud Foundation Announce Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize
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January 15, 2009
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BPS High School Students to compete for $100,000 and trip to Paris

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined David and Aurélie Edwards, founders of the Cloud Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit organization focused on providing high-quality arts education and youth development opportunities for local underserved teens, in announcing a major education initiative: the first annual Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize. This prize competition will be the first of its kind in the nation. The announcement comes on the heels of Mayor Menino's State of the City Address, where he unveiled a new, million-dollar commitment from the Cloud Foundation to bring an innovative arts and science program, currently available only at Harvard University, to as many as 2,000 Boston Public High School Students over the next three years.

"The Cloud Foundation has a great history of educational partnership in Boston, and they will now have an even more positive impact on our students' learning," Mayor Menino said. "I thank David and Aurélie Edwards for their commitment to our children. Their partnership and this competition will give our high school students a great chance to learn hands-on from some of the most innovative minds so that they'll understand that anything is possible if you put your mind to it."

The Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize is a collaboration between the Cloud Foundation, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools (BPS), the Idea Translation Lab at Harvard University, Le Laboratoire, Paris and Boston World Partnerships. Its purpose is to catalyze a renaissance generation among Boston's public high school students by helping them develop the intellectual tools for cross-disciplinary learning and creative thought. The competition will begin with BPS sophomores and juniors.

How It Works
The ArtScience Prize aims to educate through the process of creation, to explore ideas and conduct experiments at the intersection of art and science, and to create social impact. Throughout this school-year-long program, teams of Boston Public High School teens will be mentored by professional artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs to develop project concepts and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Their project development process will be guided through workshops at the Cloud Foundation's Boston-based urban teen arts center known as Cloud Place and at the Idea Translation Lab at Harvard, an experimental idea development center focusing on processes at the core of cross-disciplinary work. Youth projects may take the form of museum exhibitions, new for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations, and other forms of art and science innovations. One team of high school teens will be awarded a $100,000 prize from the Cloud Foundation and a trip to Paris, France where they will conduct further work on their project at the innovative artscience space Le Laboratoire. High school teams that are not selected as the $100k prize recipients will have their work presented in a public forum, and will be guided toward internships and education opportunities to further explore their cross-disciplinary interests.

What is ArtScience?
Today's challenges require a level of creative thinking that goes beyond the kind of specialization found in traditional learning. The ArtScience Prize focuses on the catalytic process of idea development – or artscience – where art and science meet. Identified in David Edwards' book ArtScience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation, artscience is an experiential education method that has no right or wrong answers but rather "empowers our youth to dream, to think across many fields, and in that process learn how to work collaboratively and confidently."

Why Now?
Today, as a nation, we are rethinking many of our old assumptions. At no time in recent memory has there been a greater urgency, or opportunity, to empower our students to take charge of their own learning and, as a result, develop the skills and mindsets to be tomorrow's innovators.

The Boston100K ArtScience Innovation Prize competition will enable Boston's youth to think across disciplines and become equipped to look for and find creative solutions that effect change in their own neighborhoods and, by extension, the world.

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