ARS TECHNE LAB: PROMOTING STEAM AND CITIZEN SCIENCE
Welcome to Ars Techne Lab, an organization dedicated to promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and citizen science projects in Armenia and beyond. Our mission is to cultivate a vibrant and innovative STEAM ecosystem in the region by connecting artists, scientists, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators with resources and opportunities, and by promoting and supporting STEAM initiatives throughout the area.
At Ars Techne Lab, we host workshops, seminars, and events designed to educate and inspire citizens to become active members of the STEAM community. Our comprehensive program includes a robust curriculum, cross-disciplinary collaboration through joint projects, workshops, and masterclasses, as well as performance and exhibition opportunities. We also emphasize community engagement and outreach initiatives, along with ongoing assessment and evaluation to measure the program's effectiveness and impact on students' learning and skill development.
In addition to our educational offerings, we provide mentorship and support to entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators, helping them thrive in the STEAM landscape. Moreover, we offer a platform for citizens to engage in citizen science activities and connect with other STEAM professionals in the region.
Our goal is to create an environment where citizens, entrepreneurs, and innovators can come together to collaborate, learn, and create, ultimately shaping the future of interdisciplinary education and innovation. Join us at Ars Techne Lab and be a part of this exciting journey!
Our Vision and Values
At Ars Techne Lab in Yerevan, Armenia, our mission is to cultivate a thriving STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) ecosystem by encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and education. We empower artists, scientists, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in Armenia and beyond by providing access to cutting-edge resources, mentorship, and opportunities. By embracing our cultural heritage and focusing on sustainable development, we shape the future of interdisciplinary education and positively impact our community and the world.
The vision of Ars Techne Lab in Yerevan, Armenia, is a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) landscape in Armenia and the broader region.
To reach our vision, we aspire to create an inclusive and diverse community of interdisciplinary thinkers, who leverage their knowledge, creativity, and cultural heritage to address global challenges and contribute to the betterment of society. By cultivating local talent, bridging urban-rural divides, and embracing ecologically viable approaches, we aim to position Armenia as a hub for STEAM education and innovation, inspiring future generations to pursue their passions and make a lasting impact on the world.
Ars Techne is a Latin phrase that translates to "the art of craft." This concept dates back to ancient Greece, where it referred to the technical skills required to produce works of art, such as sculpture or pottery. In modern times, the term has taken on a broader meaning, encompassing the intersection of art, craft, and technology. At Ars Techne Lab, we aim to bridge the gap between the arts and sciences, cultivating a creative synergy that sparks innovation. We believe that by integrating diverse realms of knowledge and expertise, we can create a more dynamic and inclusive innovation landscape that fosters curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. Our approach is grounded in the belief that technology is not simply a product of scientific progress but also a manifestation of human values, beliefs, and aspirations. By embracing a holistic approach to innovation, we can unlock the potential of Armenia's rich cultural heritage and diverse talent pool, driving progress and positive change across a range of sectors.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Recognising the need to establish a thriving STEAM and citizen science community in Armenia, Ars Techne Lab was founded, drawing inspiration from the hobbyist and amateur clubs of the socialist period and modern-day citizen science initiatives.
Embarking on a captivating journey into Armenia's hidden past, Ars Techne Lab is dedicated to uncovering the intriguing history of approximately 38-40 amateur photo and film clubs, let alone the numerous science and technology clubs. Once flourishing within the country's industrial plants and manufacturing sector, these clubs contain a treasure trove of untold stories. What fascinating secrets are concealed within the un-archives of these long-lost clubs? Through diligent mapping and accounting efforts, Ars Techne Lab aspires to illuminate the margins of Armenia's visual culture. The research may reveal the driving forces behind these clubs, providing invaluable insights int members' artistic expression and social significance.
Our dedicated and diverse board members play a crucial role in guiding the strategic direction of our organization, ensuring that we remain true to our mission and values. Each trustee brings unique expertise, experiences, and perspectives that contribute to the growth and development of Ars Techne Lab.
As leaders in their respective fields, our board members are committed to fostering innovation and collaboration across art, science, technology, and education. They share a passion for empowering individuals and communities, and they work collectively to provide guidance, oversight, and support to the Ars Techne Lab team.
We invite you to explore the profiles of our esteemed Board of Trustees and learn more about the remarkable individuals who help shape the vision and impact of Ars Techne Lab.
MEET THE TEAM
An accomplished artist, curator, and researcher in arts, science, and technology, Taguhi is the founder and creative director of Ars Techne Lab. Her passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and education drives the organization's mission and direction.
Dr. Hrachya Kazhoyan
As a philosopher and sociologist, Dr Kazhoyan serves as the director of education, research and development at Ars Techne Lab, where he brings his expertise in interdisciplinary studies and innovative thinking to our programs and initiatives.
A talented writer, journalist, and media analyst, Knar is the director of communications and content at Ars Techne Lab. She is responsible for crafting and sharing the organization's message, as well as engaging with the media and the broader STEAM community.
As a lawyer and public policy analyst, Lilit works as a legal counsel and philanthropic strategist at Ars Techne Lab. Her expertise in legal and policy matters helps guide the organization's strategic planning and fundraising efforts.
Sophie Gevorkian is an adept financial manager and data alchemist, combining her passion for finance and technology to drive informed decision-making at Ars Techne Lab.
As an Art Manager at Ars Techne Lab, Sone Baghdasaryan guides the implementation of innovative projects, supporting the oversight of a talented team and ensuring the fusion of aesthetics, technology, and cultural context to produce groundbreaking work in art and technology.
LAUNCHING SUCCESS: ARS TECHNE LAB'S IMPACT
As a newly established organization, Ars Techne Lab is eager to make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and the Armenian STEAM community. By offering resources, educational opportunities, and collaborative projects, we aim to encourage the growth and success of students, researchers, and professionals. Visit our website to stay updated on the inspiring success stories and testimonials that highlight the transformative potential of Ars Techne Lab's initiatives.