882   Insight talk

Becoming artists to meet science

Creativity and vision capability are common to many disciplines and are involved in artistic and scientific thinking and activities. Scientists and artists are often asked to see and think beyond the perceivable reality, to imagine aspects of things and events, which can be better seen from an unusual perspective.  "Art&Science across Italy" is a European science communication project lead by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in collaboration with CERN. The project is aimed at engaging high school students with science through the use of artistic languages, regardless of students' specific skills or level of knowledge. The first edition of the project (2016/18) involved 3000 students; the second one (2018/20) involved more than 4000 students from 11 Italian towns. The third edition (2020/22) started in December 2020 involving 4500 students from 15 Italian towns, plus Athens, in Greece. The first phase of the "Art&Science across Italy" project is aimed at training students on science and art; the second phase is aimed at designing and implementing an artwork inspired by one of the scientific topics treated during the first phase. The artistic tools used to represent scientific ideas and research topics can be painting, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, storytelling, or others proposed time by time by the students. All artworks lead to a local exhibition, established in either a historical or cultural centre or a museum, in each of the participating cities. Selected by an international committee of experts (scientists, artists, science communicators), the winners of the national Art&Science competition are invited to attend a school on art and science at CERN, in Geneva. Specific surveys submitted to students and teachers allowed us to evaluate the first edition of the project with very encouraging results. Media involvement in every local phase also ensured good media coverage of the project.

Co-author: Pierluigi Paolucci
INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Naples, Italy

Co-author: Mariaelena Fedi
INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Florence, Italy

Co-author: Michele Michelotto
INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Padua, Italy

Co-author: Dario Menasce
INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Milan, Italy

Co-author: Simone Paoletti
INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Florence, Italy

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