The Art of Innovation

Mar62012

Recently, women from some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley left their cleanrooms, computers, and cubes to immerse themselves in the world of art … and discovered that inspiration and creativity are traits shared across sectors, industries, and disciplines. The reps from Yahoo! Women in Tech had an amazing time as stated in a recent post.

Visiting the San Jose Museum of Art exhibit by Joan Brown, guests were challenged to examine how an artist – or any innovator – grapples with the complexities of a problem. They explored the results of bold experimentation and risk-taking leadership. The art prompted conversations on authenticity, cross-cultural communication, and opportunities that bring people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experiences – at work and in the community.

As a funder of the Museum’s current exhibit and other arts programs around the world, Applied and its Foundation are pleased to support arts programs that add to the vitality and vibrancy of a community and support the innovators who take risks through art – including Silicon Valley efforts like the maverick filmmakers now featured at Cinequest Film Festival, and City Lights Theatre as it restages Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a contemporary psychological thriller to resonate with student audiences, and the work of 1st Act at the intersection of arts, creativity and technology.

All are wonderful programs that are worth exploring. To learn more about Applied Materials’ investments in the arts and culture visit the Applied Materials Blog.