Santa Barbara City College hosted the 7th annual Art Career Day Conference on April 29, 2017. It is presented by Art Without Limits Coalition (http://bit.ly/2prhnfk). Artist BiJian Fan presented “Full STEAM Ahead” at the Conference. He demonstrated the power of STEAM (STEM+Art) in fostering creativity, encouraged artists to gather STEAM in their creative practice.
This paper sculpture of egret is featured in the “Black and White Magic” art exhibition. It is held at Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, CA, February 24 to April 24, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Ms. Connie Tunick and Mr. John Johnson of the Arts Council of the Conjeo Valley.
Origami Memory Gymnastics (OMG) is reported by National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), http://conta.cc/2oonxya. OLLI is affiliated with120 universities across the United States. It serves older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.
Dementia is a growing concern. OMG is offered at California State University Channel Islands. The mental calisthenics combine origami art and arithmetic for cognitive fitness.
Ancient Chinese abacus eases arithmetic for children because it conceptualizes place value visually. As a teaching tool, abacus propelled asian countries to the top in math education. Its success has been replicated outside Asia, http://bit.ly/2jufNJ9. Furthermore, abacus is found boosting brain functions and preventing cognitive decline for older adults.
BiJian Fan introduced abacus and its neurological evidence in preventing dementia to seniors at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of California State University Channel Islands on April 3, 2017. Abacus provides seniors a mental calisthenics for cognitive fitness.