Workshop on The Fusion Project: Bridging Art Museums and Middle School Math Teachers

Benjamin Wells and Philip Wagner
Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
Pages 395–402 Workshop Papers


The Fusion Project is a research program under development at the University of San Francisco, envisioned by Philip Wagner and directed by Benjamin Wells. With the collaboration of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (and their de Young Museum), it seeks to bring art to the math classroom and math students to the art museum. In this Bridges Workshop, we shall explore the art of the de Young Museum and the mathematics it stimulates. Participants will also learn how to align test problems, outcomes, and works of art. Members of the workshop will have the opportunity to extend and improve Fusion Project instructional materials (and the program itself). The workshop is especially geared to middle school math teachers and to those who are interested in replicating or adapting this program.