“There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.”
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13 minute lesson
Music is a human universal and has a deep impact on us. Here’s how music affects our brains and the ways it reshapes us at a fundamental level.
5 minute lesson
Have you heard of the hexaflexagon? This shape is a fascinating look at what happens when mathematics, creativity, and experimentation combine!
4 minute lesson
Tom Scholz began his career as an MIT engineer but used his skills and curiosity to start one of the world’s most famous bands, BOSTON. Here’s his story!
6 minute lesson
The artist Anthony Howe creates incredible works of kinetic sculpture. Harnessing the power of even the softest breezes, his pieces transform before your eyes.
The artist Shari Kadar discovered her calling as an artist late in life, but through her passion, she was able to touch the lives of many. Her work spread joy and shared her life story with many.
3 minute lesson
What happens when you combine traditional Indian music with the sounds of Scotland? This global band of Hindu bagpipers is breaking the mold when it comes to what cross-cultural collaboration sounds like!
What happens when you combine bacteria and art? This artist turned the bacteria of the New York subway system into beautiful works of art!
8 minute lesson
Can robots really make music? The musician Jason Barnes would probably say yes, and then blow you away with his cyborg drumming hand. Here’s his story and how music and robots are colliding!
7 minute lesson
Artists in Michoacán, Mexico are working magic with copper scraps by turning them into works of art– the ultimate form of recycling!
The natural world is filled with the beauty of geometry. Meet some scientists using chemistry to create crystal nanoflowers that push the limits of nature and explore new frontiers of science.
9 minute lesson
Jason deCaires Taylor collaborates with the ocean to make beautiful, underwater sculptures that invite viewers to encounter the ocean in a new way.
Do we all see the world the same way? How do our perceptions transform reality? It turns out there’s some interesting science behind how we see the world!
ArcAttack is using bolts of purple lightning to produce electrifying music! Tesla coils become musical instruments in an amazing scientific demonstration
BANDALOOP is an incredible troupe that performs on the sides of buildings, creating something amazing at the intersection of performance and architecture!
The annual ice festival in Geilo, Norway draws a crowd of eager listeners who don’t mind wearing their winter coats while they listen to music played on ice instruments!
Explore 40,000 years of the history of London beautifully animated in stop-motion. This journey brings art and archaeology together in an awe-inspiring way.
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