This Sunday 12 March from 1 to 4 PM our local High Museum of Art has a full slate of STEAM programming. Science, technology, engineering, and math are obviously related to aerospace. We sometimes forget the value of art to the practice of design. Both can be about creativity — putting the pieces together in a different way from the one most people use. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” So much of the disruptive innovation we crave in industry comes from creativity. By its very nature, discovery involves going down a different path. Sometimes that path doesn’t lead where you expect. “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research.” And “failures” aren’t necessarily bad. Sometimes a “failure” tells you what you need to know to make the success happen. Other times the “failure” gives you ideas for other projects. If things go the way you expected, you haven’t learned anything. Learning happens when the unanticipated occurs. Participating in the arts reminds us of the value of play, experimentation, and creativity for its own sake. And strangely enough, the scientifically optimal design solution is often the pretty one rather than the ugly one.
Reminder: while there is parking at Woodruff Arts Center, why not ride the train and take MARTA to Arts Center Station? And if the day is beautiful, when is the last time you walked Peachtree Street? You might be surprised how beautiful our city is in springtime. Enjoy the collaboration of art and science that is architecture.