There is an often given and seldom followed bit of advice for people trying to get somewhere…
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
From individuals to large corporations, this advice is grounded in partnerships. As we know, partnerships don’t just happen on their own. Partnerships require like-hearted people to see the value in the contributions of others for a shared purpose. They understand that it is through the diversity of thinking, context and contributions that they can go further than they can alone.
Cultural Collisions is a partnership between The Ontario Science Centre, CERN, Perimeter, LIGO, University of Toronto Physics, Canada Light Source, the Ministry of Education and others. The “further” for this partnership is to create a learning experience for students and teachers which will support the integration of Art and Science. The partners have come together to share their different perspectives on the arts and science to create an environment where learning is about infusing a variety of perspectives, strategies, tools and skills to create new ways to conceptualize ideas. The week-long project was kicked off yesterday with introductions from a host of world-class scientists and artists and a particle flash mob. The week continues with interactive sessions on gravity, particle theory, black holes, celestial luminescence and more. Each of these sessions is facilitated by leading scientists from the partner organizations. An exhibit of the work of each of these organizations is also on display at the Ontario Science Centre.
Each of these partners brings a unique perspective on the connection between science and art and how they help us process emerging discoveries and communicate them with the world. Visit the twitter accounts of the partners for more information about their work.