Art and STEM are more the same than they are different. Both subjects are an attempt to understand the world around us. While art frequently requires a similar process to engineering design, STEM requires a good deal of creativity and imagination. It won’t come as a surprise that America's first STEM Community is filled with public art. Many of the art pieces in Flagstaff express scientific knowledge and are inspired by natural surroundings.
A few in particular include:
The Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project consists of 22 tile mosaics created by Karen Knorowski. The panels colorfully celebrate the biodiversity of Rio de Flagstaff. Many of the plants and animals depicted are found in the nearby Frances Short Pond and Rio de Flag habitat. This was a collaborative project that included the help of workshop participants, local volunteers and students from the Hopi reservation and Flagstaff Unified School District.