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‘I'm showing them how art and science must coexist’

AlterwitzLinda Alterwitz’s While I Am Still, at the Sahara West Library beginning Feb. 13, is more than a midcareer retrospective from one of the city’s most necessary artists — though it’s plenty exciting on that score. It will also be a singular learning experience for some 700 local kids. During the four-month show, Alterwitz will lead students in grades 5-12 through her work, describing its STEAMy intersections of art, science and technology. Some of her pieces utilize medical-imaging machines or other offbeat picture-taking tech. Science, as a subject or mode of understanding the world, is ever-present. “I am showing them how art and science are intricately connected, and how they must coexist,” she says. Additionally, she worked with the school district to develop a curriculum for the young visitors — they’ll talk about the work beforehand; some will engage in projects related to the show's concepts. “The exhibit will allow our students to look at science, technology and art together rather than as separate,” says Cheryl Wagner, coordinator of the district’s School-Community Partnership Program. “They will be able to ask questions such as: What science, technology and engineering skills are needed to create art? How art is used in the development of new and innovative ideas? How are art and science inseparable?” Vital questions as we all burrow deeper into the 21st century. Through May 9, 9600 W. Sahara Blvd., lvccld.org; opening reception 7 p.m., Feb. 13

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