Norton Museum puts “Art” in STEM, making STEAM exhibit

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The cold concept of having students focus on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — was always missing warmth because whoever promoted it dismissed the value of the arts.

Now  the Norton Museum of Art is teaming with the South Florida Science Museum and Aquarium to turn STEM into STEAM by adding Art.

The two West Palm Beach institutions are hosting  a themed Art After Dark evening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 titled, Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Ahead! The science museum will be offering more than 20 interactive STEAM-related activities to participants through its Fun with STEAM program.

In addition to these interactive activities, the evening features the work of budding architects, ages 5-12,  who participated in the Norton’s Our-Kid-Tecture program, a four-week series where families worked with their children to design their dream museum. Each participant developed a concept and aesthetics, and built a model. The models will be on display and the young architects will be available to answer questions about their creations. (Our-Kid-Tecture is the first project of its kind at the Norton Museum.)

The evening also features a Curator’s Conversation on a new acquisition by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein – a large-scale print on stainless steel evoking Monet’s Waterlilies; a demonstration of the silkscreen printmaking process; and tours that relate Chinese artworks in the Museum Collection to archaeology, Impressionism to optics, and Alexander Calder’s mobiles to concepts of weight and balance.

Kristen Rudy, Leonard and Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow, discusses Lichtenstein’s experimental art practices as he reimagined Claude Monet’s renowned water lily series.

The Norton is at 1451 S. Olive Ave.  and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

For additional information, call (561) 832-5196, or visit

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