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A Florence for the 21st Century

  • January 8, 2014
  • By a2ru      
Stanford has been the catalyst of the Silicon Valley revolution and wants to have the same effect on the arts.


Stanford wants to turn Palo Alto into a place where artists can live permanently as creative citizens. That means that future innovators from the university should not just know how to code, but also how to decode Mozart symphonies.

Arts graduates are more likely than others to be involved in product innovation according to an article by Vincent-Lancrin, Francesco Avvisati and Gwenaël Jacotin, published in the November 2013 edition of the Tuning Journal for Higher Education.

Vocational training isn’t enough. This has transformed curriculum at Stanford and why Creative Expression is a required course for all undergraduate students. Having a broad range of skills to solve real world problems is inclusive of the arts.

Image by Linda Cicero from Stanford News

Link to Full Source: The Economist