The A in STE(A)M.
Why art matters. Art touches our heart and soul. It can pull at someone’s heartstrings. It is emotional labor. The artist creates (in any medium available). The art can be found in putting a vision of design into the project. The art and design draw us into the story, project, music, product, brand, company, blog, website, etc.
The art, combined with the engineering, math, science, technology and the human-centered empathy creates solutions, products, and services that keep us engaged. Regardless of career, we can all be artists. Engineers designing bridges. Software engineers designing VR and AR learning games. Product designers creating new technological hardware. Authors writing a novel. Speakers engaging an audience in a talk. Artists drawing with pencil and paper and digitally. Musicians creating poetry, music, and telling stories.
We need to teach that art is an aspect of everything we teach, learn, create, and touch, moreover, how and why we should all become artists.