Science on Tap: Arts on Tap: How Science and Art Together Will Save the World

October 9, 2017
6:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Kindle your enthusiasm for science, and meet new people at Science on Tap, a monthly science café.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents “Arts on Tap: How Science and Art Together Will Save the World.”

How can art not just look good but do good? How can science not just help us know but help us act and feel? Although often thought of as separate or unconnected disciplines, art and science share common values and methodologies. Driven by curiosity, cross-disciplinary efforts between the arts and sciences can produce unexpected solutions to pressing ecological challenges and engage audiences with scientific information in more accessible and compelling ways. Director of environmental art Christina Catanese will explore how art can affect attitudes about environmental topics and how art–science partnerships can address ecological challenges directly. She will discuss the field of environmental art, the environmental art exhibition program at the Schuylkill Center, and, as a modern dancer and hydrologist, her own choreography exploring river systems and pathways.


About the Presenter

Christina Catanese is an environmental scientist, artist, dancer-choreographer, educator, and arts administrator in Philadelphia. As the director of environmental art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in gallery spaces and on the nature center’s 340 acres of forests and fields. Christina has a master’s degree in applied geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA from Penn in environmental studies and political science. In her choreographic practice Christina is currently exploring the ability of dance to take ecological processes that happen over an incredibly long time and distill them down to a human-scale moment, making them easier to comprehend. She also knits, teaches yoga, and enjoys photographing ecology at varying scales while hiking. Currently, her favorite organisms are bryophytes.