International Society For Arts Sciences and Technology, Inc.

Leonardo activates creativity to push the boundaries of today and unleash the possibilities of tomorrow.

aka Leonardo/ISAST   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.leonardo.info

Mission

Leonardo fosters transformation at the nexus of art, science, and technology because complex problems require creative solutions. We serve to empower an inclusive global network, a borderless community where all belong in pursuit of a more vibrant, just, and regenerative world.

Ruling year info

1983

Chief Executive Officer

Diana Ayton-Shenker

Main address

1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Suite 100

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-2863843

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The journal Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina, who saw the need for a journal that would serve as an international channel of communication artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. Today, through its publications, initiatives and public forums, Leonardo facilitates cross-disciplinary research in these fields, seeking to catalyze fruitful solutions for the challenges of the 21st century. Among the challenges requiring cross-disciplinary approaches are establishing sustainable environmental practices, spreading global scientific and artistic literacy, creating technological equity and encouraging freedom of thought and imagination. By enhancing communication among scientists, artists and engineers, Leonardo supports experimental projects and interacts with established institutions of art and science to transform their research and educational practices.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leonardo Publishing Program (MIT Press)

Leonardo serves as critical content provider through our Publications Program -- scholarly journals published by MIT Press (Leonardo and LMJ), the Leonardo Book Series (MIT Press), Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), and the Leonardo family of websites and experimental projects on evolving digital platforms.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Artists and performers

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Artists and performers

Leonardo/The International Society for Arts, Sciences and Technology and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP) collaborate on the annual “Scientific Delirium Madness” Art/Science Residency brings together artists and scientists for a month-long retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. During the course of the residency, artists working in a variety of media will work closely with scientists working in various disciplines to explore and transform the boundaries of art and science.

Each year, six of the world's distinguished scientists and six forward-thinking artists are selected from hundreds of applicants and nominees to participate. During the course of the residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA,, choreographers, composers, writers, visual artists, physicists, biologists and engineers will work alongside one another to expand their own work and to inspire others.

In addition to collegial time, the artists and scientists contribute to a regular series of blogs, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) events, an Open House/Open Studio public gathering at the Djerassi Program, Art/Science blog and a special section in the journal LEONARDO.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

As part of its ongoing effort to promote the advancement of scholarship in the field of art/science/technology, Leonardo has developed a series of initiatives under the Leonardo Educators and Students Program. These include:

Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) is a Leonardo Working Group that promotes the advancement of artistic research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science, and technology.

Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is an evolving, comprehensive database of thesis abstracts (Ph.D., Masters and MFA) on topics at the intersections between art, science and technology. The aim is to give visibility to interdisciplinary work. In addition to being published in the database, a selection of abstracts chosen by a peer review panel for their special relevance will be published annually in Leonardo journal and on the Leonardo On-Line website.

Special Student Discounts on new membership/subscriptions to Leonardo and LMJ.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Leonardo/ISAST continues to identify new avenues to serve the art, science and technology community. Recognizing that the critical global challenges of the 21st century require the mobilization and cross-fertilization of practitioners in the fields of the arts, sciences and technology, Leonardo/ISAST fosters collaborative explorations, both nationally and internationally, resulting in interdisciplinary projects, meetings and events, while disseminating and documenting the most creative and promising ideas of our time. After 50 years, the organization continues to evolve alongside the work and ideas of the artists, scientists, researchers, scholars and practitioners that together form the Leonardo Network.

Leonardo serves as a critical content provider through our publications, which include scholarly journals and books published by The MIT Press (Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac and the Leonardo Book Series), as well as ARTECA, our latest joint digital publishing project with The MIT Press.

Through our programs, we connect with the community through art/science/technology initiatives, ranging from workshops and events such as the popular LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks to programs for educators and students. Our affiliates are our key partners in these activities.

What started with Frank Malina’s initiative and the first Leonardo Journal in 1968, developed into a vivid and inspiring global community, a forerunner of many fruitful collaborations between the arts, sciences and technology. Our success comes through the volunteer contributions of editors-in-chief, authors, editorial board members, peer reviewers, advisors, project coordinators and event hosts. These several hundred individuals have allowed more than 15,000 artists and authors to have their work documented and promoted over 50 years; we like to say that it's a larger creative community than that which fueled the Renaissance. Key nodes are the editors-in-chief of the publications, program leaders and their institutions.

To date the Leonardo journal alone has published articles by over 7,000 authors; this worldwide community of artist-scientists and artists-technologists have had a growing impact on contemporary culture. No one now questions whether it is possible to make art with computers, a subject that was much debated in the 1980s. And many of the artists working with computers led to international industries in special effects for films, animation and games on computers. Leonardo’s early adoption of emerging communication technologies and the internet is now taken for granted and emerging and social media are now industries also. Perhaps in 20 years we will see new industries arising from artists who are working with biology, chemistry and nanoscience, with space technology and the environment. The community that uses the Leonardo journal is working on the hard problems of our time, from climate change to the health of older people; in these areas they know have no choice but to combine the arts, sciences, and technology in new kinds of professions and new sources of economic development.

We embark on the next 50 years by listening to our community and working together to redesign our future. How do we make real the network-of-networks metaphor? How can small organizations using network science and technologies work together differently to help make the network robust, ethical and constructively disruptive as it grows? How do we couple with dominant organizations in our society without buying into ideas and principles we disagree with? How do we collaborate with people we in some cases hate and don’t trust? How within the tragedy of the Internet can we build not “a global village,” as the founders of the Internet mistakenly dreamed, but a network of small interconnected global villages, locally embedded with emergent ground realities, and break the homophily that the Internet is enabling?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Society For Arts Sciences and Technology, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marc Hebert

Estuate

Term: 2012 -

Greg Harper

Harper, Armstrong and Associates

Gordon Knox

San Francisco Art Institute

Roger Malina

University of Texas at Dallas

Darlene Tong

San Francisco State University

Raphael Arar

Kahn Academy

Alan Boldon

Dartington Trust

Felicia Cleper-Borkovi

ARUP

Nina Czegledy

Independent Artist/Curator

Joel Slayton

Independent Artist/Curator

Tami Spector

University of San Francisco

Michael Bennett

Arizona State University

Xin Wei Sha

Arizona State University

Adiraj Gupta

CryptoLaunchpad

Marc Hebert

Estuate

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.