Ligo Project is an early stage non-profit organization focused on ‘connecting to science’. At the very simplest level, we design programs and events that get scientists talking to and working with non-scientists more often. The idea being that by bridging the gap between scientists and non-scientists we serve to connect professionals from different disciplines (business, technology, engineering, law, art, design, etc.) to science, who from very different perspectives might help drive scientific discoveries and innovation to have a broader social impact – more quickly, less expensively, and in new and exciting ways. By ‘connecting to science’, we aim to serve as a nexus of innovation that could advance scientific innovations forward.
One of the premier ways we are going about doing this is rooted at the intersection of art and science, through a program called Ligo Project Art of Science, which is beginning it’s second run in NYC and we are now preparing to also launch Art of Science in Boston! Art of Science uses the universal language of Art as a vehicle to make science more accessible and to promote and market cutting edge scientific ideas and innovations. We combine the two disciplines, by pairing a scientist with an artist, who together over a 6-month collaboration explore fundamental questions that interest and affect us all. Each Art of Science program culminates in Ligo Project Art of Science Gallery Night; a biannual event that is part art exhibit, part science salon, and part innovation event. At Ligo Project, we use the Art of Science program as an educational and marketing tool for science and scientific discoveries and Gallery Night as a vehicle to engage the local community and nucleate professionals from all walks of life and connect them to science.
You can find out more about Ligo Project and Art of Science on our website (www.ligoproject.org) and you can also check out some blog posts about our recent event (http://bit.ly/L3qsF8 , http://bit.ly/1c5qiVj). Also check out our video shorts (2-10 minutes) which either highlight a Sci-Art collaboration, overview the entire Art of Science program which you can see here: or serve as a more educational science video, for example one we made on colon cancer from Scott Lowe’s lab (MSKCC), who participated in our last AoS NYC program here.