The Idea Translation Program of ArtScience Labs is built on the foundational concept of artscience, the Idea Translation process, and high-quality arts education. The Program empowers young people to dream big and passionately develop their own ideas to effect social and cultural change. The ArtScience Prize is our international federating program.
The Idea Translation Program, managed by the Idea Translation Lab at Cloud Place in downtown Boston, engages students at the Boston Public Schools, at Harvard University, at Trinity College, Dublin, and progressively at other high school and university environments around the world. Guided by the ArtScience Prize, students engage in in-depth learning in the arts, sciences, and idea development to cultivate creativity and the ability to realize innovative project ideas generated in the classroom. Student projects focus on concepts in the arts and design fused with cutting-edge areas of study in the sciences.
These project concepts start as “seed ideas” proposed by artists, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs that evolve into collaborative student-led ventures through brainstorming and workshops with skilled adult project mentors and teaching artists. Through this groundbreaking curriculum that builds social skills, knowledge of project development techniques, and a basic foundation in creativity and the artistic process, students develop both the confidence to project a dream into concrete and realizable steps, and the ability to convince others to invest in dream realization. In addition to the potential for project support and funding, student teams that develop outstanding ideas are invited to a culminating workshop at Le Laboratoire, Paris where they work with experts in the arts and design, as well as other Idea Translation Program students from around the world. Several for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, products, and cultural exhibitions have emerged from the program during its first years of implementation.