President Immerman at Danvers Rotary

February 29, 2012

President Steve Immerman was the guest speaker at the Danvers Rotary Club‘s meeting Monday, Feb. 27 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA where he discussed the importance of the arts to education.

President Immerman’s article on “STEAM not STEM” that was published in the New England Journal of Higher Education discusses the necessary innovative skills that students need to succeed in today’s ever changing creative economy and emphasizes how essential an education that stimulates creativity and innovation is in today’s climate. President Immerman is among several other important figures who are constantly promoting the idea that the existing foundation on STEM educational framework (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) should also include an equivalent concentration on Arts and Design.

Our thinking about education needs to shift from preparing students for specific careers, to preparing students for careers we have not yet even imagined,” said Immerman. “Visual Arts education also demands strong problem-solving skills, engages students in the processes of critical analysis, and prepares students for the give and take of collaborative work. All these perspectives, experiences and skills are central to adaptable and creative lives and careers, regardless of the path an individual student may take.

Click here to read the full article: “Letting Off STEAM at Montserrat College of Art”