Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations (SARC)

1st-Mile Institute – SARC: 2013-2015

SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) is a program of the Santa Fe based 1st-Mile Institute, fiscally sponsored by the New Mexico Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Having just successfully piloted the Summer 2012 SARC initiative, as a featured project of ISEA2012, we are now strategically formulating the next years’ efforts.   Research institution partners to date are the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, University of New Mexico’s Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) and Santa Fe Institute.  Start-up funding has been generously provided by Lockheed Martin (Sandia National Labs) and the New Mexico Consortium (LANL), with additional company sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, CenturyLink/Qwest Communications and Qforma.

Additional collaborative partnerships and support structures are now being developed.  SARC program viability and intentions will require continued strengthening and brokering of regional arts, sciences, education and community relationships.   These efforts will be integrated within a regional economic-community development strategy for arts/sciences initiatives in New Mexico.

SARC now has an emerging ‘Pool’ of potentially participating cross-disciplinary and science-experienced artists, the first five having begun collaborations with researchers this past Summer.

Proposed 2013-2015 programs are to be coordinated under the title:  “ECOS”.

  • “ECOS” a series of monthly public Artists/Scientists Seminars plus Working Meetings.
  • “ECOS” an Arts/Sciences “Grand Challenge” Commissioning program.
  • “ECOS” a Summer Los Alamos and Santa Fe Arts/Sciences Festival.
  • Participation in networked arts/sciences interactions globally + web site + publishing.

“ECOS” will focus our collaborative research and output on addressing some of the most critical questions and ‘grand challenges’ facing society; hoping to inform and inspire creative thinking and understandings directed towards life-sustaining eco-strategies and actions.

1st-Mile Institute – SARC is now seeking support for its intended works.   Your participation and support are invited.

Richard Lowenberg, 1st-Mile Institute – Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations, Executive Director, Box 8001, Santa Fe, NM  87504    505-603-5200