From Live Science:

This article is part of an effort by the National Endowment for the Arts and the website Live Science to invite experts in science and technology to provide commentary and informed perspectives on news, current events, and ongoing research. The article discusses partnerships between scientists and artists and how these partnerships can benefit society more broadly. In addition, it looks at how contemporary, participatory art practice is similar to the exploratory, hands-on and citizen-based aspects of science.