Programs

Leonardo is recognized as a global leader in the interdisciplinary world of art/science/technology. For 50 years Leonardo has promoted and publicized the work of creative individuals who look beyond the barriers that separate the arts and sciences, focusing instead on the strengths that emerge from cross-fertilization among disciplines. Today we see heightened awareness and interest in these hybridized practices, as the challenges facing society become increasingly complex. Our programs and activities reflect the exploding interest in this evolving field.

Leonardo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP) collaborate on the annual Scientific Delirium Madness artist/scientist residency that brings together artists and scientists for a monthlong retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. During the course of the residency, artists working in a variety of media work closely with scientists working in various disciplines to explore and transform the boundaries of art and science.

For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years. As we look to the future, we know that we must expand our scope to represent the unique works and challenges we face in the 21st century. To fully realize our purpose and place over the next 50 years, we are opening our doors to a year and a half of community feedback to inform our efforts to redesign our programs and mission to meet the needs of our audience. We are reaching out to pioneers, institutions, thought leaders and the curious in an effort to nurture the exploding art/science/technology global community with 50th anniversary events around the world. Join us!

Leonardo has long served as a critical resource for classroom curricula and student research, promoting the advancement of scholarship in the field of art/science/technology through the Leonardo Educators and Students Program, which focuses on such activities and initiatives as the Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS), student internships, publication discounts for students and educators and student art/science contests. Our working group, the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF), organizes panel discussions and other activities of interest to the education and academic communities at conferences and symposia.

Leonardo partners with festivals, universities, museums and labs across the world. We co-host an assortment of events, ranging from celebrations, symposia, panels, conferences, talks, exhibitions and more. To find out how you can participate in a Leonardo-sponsored event, check out our Leonardo Events page. 

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. The LASER Talks program is now in over twenty cities around the world with over two dozen partners and serves thousands of community members.